“Greek Cultural Heritage”, Winter School 2019 in Nafplio
“Greek Cultural Heritage” was the first winter school organized of by Study in Greece in collaboration with Meet Culture from China. The adventure began at the Athens International Airport of Eleftherios Venizelos, where everyone gathered and together took a bus to Nafplio. The arrival there was in late afternoon. Every traveler deserves some rest, the night was dedicated to relaxation and nourishment of the weary body.
Next day, the theatre of Epidaurus became a vessel that took us back in ancient times, where dramas and comedies took place under the starry sky. We can assure you even ancient Gods liked plays in Epidaurus. After a short stop at “Ligourio” village for lunch, the return to Nafplio led us to the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies. The building is great and renovated keeping the classic characteristics and has an open digital repository for students who want to have access to Harvard’s library. Dr. Christos Giannopoulos representative of Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies gave us the warmest welcome and made us feel like home. Later that day from the University of Peloponnese Professor Dr. Nikolaos Zacharias gave a lecture for Archaeomertry, a great field of study and research that gives the opportunity to learn more about the past with the use of new and revolutionary technology.
Next day the castle “Larissa” of Argos had a breathtaking view and we had the luck to have a really sunny day that offered us the conditions for great videos and photos. Carved in stone beneath the castle, the ruins of theatre of Argus stood with pride and was a place for inspiring talks with Dr. Maria Mikedaki (Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of the Peloponnese).
The next days at “Fougaro” Cultural Center we learned more about Athens' History of Civilization and cultures of the Peloponnese by Lectures Dr. Maria Kuri and in the evening we enjoyed the art of pottery and created vases the way they were made long time ago. Greek folklore dances, ancient drama and a tour at the folklore museum helped us understand more about of ancient Greeks ways of everyday life. Dr. Kuri gave an extensive and comprehensive understanding of “Traditions and Their Images in the National Educational System”. Finaly, Professor Dr. Konstantinos Georgiadis presented the “Olympic Values and their reflections in Greek History” with rich references on the ancient athletic past of Greece.
A day before departure, the arrival to Athens mandated a visit at the ancient rock of Acropolis where the Parthenon is overlooking Athens center. On the side, the Acropolis museum was next to visit with its unique and modern design. The last dinner of our expedition took place at the wonderful neighborhood of “Thisio” with a table looking at the magnificent night athenian sky and the Acropolis.
See you again on our next journey!