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Why do the 60s feel like such ancient history? Well, for most of us it has mostly to do with us not having been around yet; we weren't there for the 60s, therefore the 60s were a long, long, long time ago. It's hard to care about something you weren't there for.
This is especially true with ancient history. We learn stories about Plato and Aristotle and Pythagoras and these are lumped together with other stories about Achilles and Odysseus and Prometheus, and they all exist equitably in some glossy, faraway place. (For the record, the first 3 were actual people, the second 3 are characters in Greek literature.) But there is a crucial difference between the 60s and ancient Greece. You can't go to the 60s, and you can't go to ancient Greece, but...well, you can go to Greece itself. And, if you're a college student looking for an opportunity to study abroad, you could hardly do better.
LOOK and you will FIND it - what is unsought goes undetected.
That's a quote from Sophocles (an ancient Greek playwright who wrote the Oedipus plays and invented things that changed how theater was done; notably he was the first playwright to have 3 characters on stage at the same time. He's said to have written 123 plays. Only 7 survived). It fits nicely here because, after all, the best parts of studying abroad have very much to do with looking and finding. And Greece is a hotbed of opportunity for the visiting student. Are you interested in looking at ancient Greek architecture, or an entire universe of ancient art, or gorgeous coastal landscapes, or the Aegean Sea, with water a color of blue distinctly unlike anything you've seen before?
And would you like to find yourself gaining a new sense of wonder at the world, and of your life as a student? There are literally dozens of university programs on offer that can put you in the right part of the country, studying the subjects that are right for you. Greece awaits.
QUESTION everything. LEARN Something. ANSWER nothing.
That one's from another playwright - Euripides. He's the last of the three ancient Greek tragedians whose plays survive to any extent. So, how far back does Greece go, exactly? Waaaay back. Euripides was born around 480 BCE. His earlier counterpart, Aeschylus, was born around 525 BCE. In other words, his life preceded the life of Jesus of Nazareth by roughly the same amount of time between us and Columbus - the dude who gets the credit for something called finding America. That's how old the history of Greece is. Can you picture yourself there, living and looking and finding yourself in a place that brims with life now, and has for thousands of years - that was a pillar of ancient history, as much for its plays and sculpture as for its philosophy and architecture and science? (Oh, and also for pulling of a bit of a coup that's known as inventing democracy.)
But it's not only the ancient past of Greece that's alluring to the college students who study abroad there. The cities of Athens, Thessaloniki, Piraeus, and others are teeming with the people and culture and (delicious) food and drink that together make up modern Greek life. It's a short hop across the water to Italy in one direction, Turkey in another, and squarely to your north lays the whole of Eastern Europe. As if Greece didn't have miles and miles of things to recommend it, it's also an incredible jumping off point for weekend trips and term break excursions to other places. Explore the many available academic programs for studying in Greece, find the one that's right for you, and then....let the real adventure begin.
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