Ancient Greece had it all: leaders, warriors, philosophers, scholars, architects and artists. As they progressed from bronze to iron, the Greeks reached their zenith during the Hellenistic Age. We'll cover this exciting time from A-Z, including the actual alphabet and the shift from unwieldy pictographs to consonants and vowels representing sounds.
Prepare for a personalized tour of the Greek city-states and learn what phenomena allowed these bastions of civilization to retain their independence for so long. You'll also gain perspective on Greek forms of government, such as democracies, monarchies and oligarchies. Athens, with its social and political reforms, will take center stage, but what will happen when they face the Persians? We'll school you in the ways of war, the brutal efficiency of the phalanx and the Peloponnesian War.
You'll meet with the mental giants of their time: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. We'll see how their views may have ruffled a few feathers and how their concepts influenced future philosophers. In fact, Aristotle was personal tutor to a legend known as Alexander the Great. You'll join Alexander in your conquest for knowledge and explore his empire by visiting each of its seven wonders.
The Greeks, the overachievers, were also master historians and storytellers. We'll survey the epic tradition from Homer to Virgil and get a glimpse of the characters and themes present in Greek mythology and religion. Watch the theatrics from the front row as we observe tragedies, comedies and their Greek roots. When you ponder ancient Greece's remarkable influence on today's civilization, you'll know that we've climbed to greater heights by standing on the shoulders of giants.