Program dates: May 14 - June 4, 2014
Wooster in Greece: Ancient Science and Medicine in the Greek Islands is an introduction to ancient Greek medical practices and the cultural implications of these practices in the ancient Mediterranean world. We will examine primary Greek sources and material evidence in order to study concepts of disease and healing practices, the rise of the medical profession, and contemporary and ancient debates about science, medicine, magic, religion, and healing.
Teaching this class on location in Greece greatly enhances experiential aspects of the curriculum, allowing students to visit and experience the sites and locations that we discover in the texts. On location, students can see ancient medical artifacts in local museums, visit temples of healing, and more deeply learn the culture and medicine of the past. Students will better understand the development of medical ideas as they see that the Greek islands, in particular, were significant points of cross-cultural contact among the various ancient Mediterranean nations, including parts of Northern Africa and the Middle East.
Through the addition of carefully planned cultural excursions, students will also receive a flavor of modern Greek life. These activities enhance student awareness of cultural difference and add a unique level of interest to this class that is impossible to achieve in a classroom on campus.
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