Join Professor Andrew Lear and discover the gay history of ancient Greece. He’s a world-renowned expert on the subject so you’ll be in safe hands. Ancient Greece was the cradle of Western civilization. It gave us democracy, philosophy and theatre. Same-sex love wasn’t a mere sideshow in the Greek world. It lay at the centre of social and political life. On this trip, we’ll explore homoerotic art in Spartan ruins on Santorini, pay a visit to the Oracle of Delphi and see the cult statue of the Emperor Hadrian’s gay lover. We may even raise a glass or two at Jackie O’ on Mykonos.
This is a great way to expand your cultural horizons and learn about how gay people lived and loved in antiquity.
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- 3rd October 2019 Thursday
Group Trip Breakdown
Day 1: Athens
When you’ve checked into your hotel, Professor Andrew Lear will meet you and take you for a tour of central Athens. You’ll visit the world-famous Acropolis and see the Agora below. Gay history can be found all over Greece. From the remains of the temple Emperor Hadrian built to his male lover to the statue of Lord Byron, the queer romantic poet who fought in the Greek War of Independence.
After a lecture on same-sex love in ancient Greece by Andrew Lear – a renowned expert on the subject – it’ll be time for lunch on a rooftop restaurant overlooking the Acropolis.
Day 2: Athens
Today you’ll be going for a tour of the Acropolis with an archaeologist. After lunch at the museum’s restaurant, you’ll visit the Agora and visit Kerameikos, where Pericles gave his great funeral oration. On our travels, we’ll learn about Harmodius and Aristogeiton, the gay lovers who helped to create democracy in ancient Athens.
Evening at leisure.
Day 3: Peloponnese
Today we’ll head to the Peloponnese across the Corinthian Gulf. We’ll visit Nemea, which is full of extraordinary homoerotic graffiti. After lunch we’ll head to the ruins of Mycenae, the world of the Iliad.
Day 4: Athens
This morning we’ll head to the National Archeological Museum. Here we’ll see the world’s greatest collection of ancient Greek sculpture with the guidance of an expert. The afternoon is free for you to explore Athens. You could explore the tavernas, do some shopping or even visit the temple of Neptune on the coastal headlands of Sounio.
In the evening, you can join an optional Greek cooking class.
Day 5: Delphi
The temple complex of Delphi is one of the most numinous places on earth. This is where the ancients came to consult Apollo’s oracles. The wisdom came from the ravings of drugged up priestesses.
Here we’ll find a cult statue of Antinous, Hadrian’s lover. We’ll visit Chaironeia on our way back to Athens. Here we’ll see a commemoration to the sacred band, the crack regiment comprised exclusively of lovers. Evening at leisure.
Day 6 And 7: Santorini
We’ll be taking a ferry over the Aegean to Santorini, the most exclusive island in the Cyclades. The island curves around the bay created in ancient times by a sunken volcanic caldera. We’ll visit its two key historic sites. Akrotiri is a Minoan city that could have inspired the Atlantis myth. The second site is Thera, a Spartan settlement high in the hills.
Over in the island’s main village, Oia, we’ll see the sunset over the caldera. Lunch is included on both days.
Day 8 And 9: Mykonos
It’s just a two-hour ferry ride from Mykonos to Santorini. When it comes to gay culture in Greece, Mykonos is the modern hub of the scene. It’s been attracting the international gay jet-set for many years. The gay nightlife on Mykonos is excellent. The island itself is also very charming and famed for the windmills overlooking Mykonos Town.
We’ll spend a morning on the nearby island of Delos, the Greek Pompeii, and visit the temple of Bacchus.
On our last night, we’ll have a farewell dinner and toast our new friends and Greece’s incredible gay history.
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