Two Worlds United Programs in Greece for High School students
most visitors go to Greece to pursue the past, many
others—especially hordes of European sunbathers—go for
the bright sun, white beaches, and blue waters of the
eastern Mediterranean Sea. Regardless of the reason,
Greece invites all blithe spirits—including families
with children—to feast on its wonderful music, and food, and to enjoy themselves exuberantly.
Greece is the cradle of Western civilization. In the
realms of Western politics, academics, and art—and
particularly at the roots of natural science, astronomy,
philosophy, architecture, sculpture, mathematics,
medicine, law, politics, literature, and the writing of
history—there are few ideas or disciplines that did not
bloom first under Greek cultivation.
Classical Greek influences reached far and wide throughout
the ancient Mediterranean world, certainly well beyond the
boundaries of the Greek nation today. Yet even within
Greece itself, the ancient monuments and historical sites
are so varied and numerous that describing them all would
require an encyclopedia—itself a Greek invention: the enkyklios
Although today Athens suffers from severe smog and noise
pollution, this ancient powerhouse of Greek enlightenment
is still crowned by its Parthenon atop the Acropolis.
Students there can see the Agorá, the Temple of Zeus, the
Stoa, the Theater of Dionysus, and enough museums to wear
out their sturdiest shoes. Beyond the capital lie many
places familiar from history and literature: the supposed
tombs of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra at Mycenae, the
ancient cities of Sparta, Corinth, Thebes, and Argos; the
sacred oracle of Delphi; the theater of Epidauros; the
summit of Parnassus; and the first Olympic stadium.
From mainland ports, ferries ply the seas to a myriad
islands, such as Crete, where King Minos kept the Minotaur;
Rhodes, where the Colossus once stood; and the lovely,
rocky Cyclades isles.
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