Athens Classical Archaeology Summer Intensive Program

20 January – 10 February 2023

Archaeology at Sydney and Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens invite your application to join the sixth Classical Archaeology intensive Summer Program in Athens. 

The Summer Program is a unique opportunity to study the archaeology and history of ancient Athens at first hand. With a particular focus on the Archaic and Classical periods (ca. 630-323 BCE) and under expert tuition, you will enjoy formal lectures integrated with daily visits to archaeological sites and museums in Athens and Attica. You will also travel further afield to the panhellenic sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi.

The course is open to students of Australian universities and to high school teachers in Australia. Interested members of the general public are also welcome to apply.

Summer Program Tutors
Essential Information


The in-country costs of your stay in Greece, payable to the University of Sydney, amount to $2500 (based on a minimum enrolment of 15 and current currency exchange rates). This includes:

  • Twin-share self-catering accommodation at Australian Archaeological Institute hostel in Athens or at other foreign archaeological institute hostels
  • Overnight accommodation in Delphi
  • Site and museum entrance fees
  • In-country transport to sites and museums in itinerary
  • Membership of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens
  • Library use in Athens
  • Six picnic lunches and three taverna dinners

The cost does not include your return airfare to Greece, which you should organise independently. A deposit of $500 will be required to reserve your place in the Summer Program, and the balance of payment will need to be paid a minimum of 60 days prior to commencement of the program. You will also be required to meet the tuition costs of the unit. These will vary depending on what type of student you are. Most domestic students enrolled in an undergraduate degree will receive a Commonwealth Supported Place, the student contribution to which can be deferred to HECS-HELP. Students and high school teachers not enrolled in a degree may enrol in the unit on a non-award basis. Information on tuition fees is available at:

Credit points

University of Sydney students can earn 6 credit points by undertaking this summer program as enrollees in ARCO3404 (undergraduates) and ARCL6902 (postgraduates). All students enrolling in the Program for credit will be required to complete specified assignments both in Athens and on return to Australia. Non-University of Sydney students should discuss accreditation with their home institutions.


A number of bursaries to offset the cost of participation in the summer program will be available to successful applicants who would not otherwise be able to participate. If you wish to apply for a bursary, please enclose a letter to Dr Beaumont explaining your reasons for applying. Please note, you may also be eligible to apply for scholarships such as the Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship for overseas studies in Arts and Education.


To register your interest, please download, complete and return the application form by 31 July 2022 to:
Associate Professor Lesley Beaumont
Department of Archaeology A18
University of Sydney NSW 2006



Day 1: Friday 20 January

  •  Participants arrive

Day 2: Saturday 21 JanuaryIntroduction to the course and assignment tasks

    • Introduction to the course and assignment tasks
    • Lecture 1 – The natural and urban topography of Athens.
    • Lecture 2 – Athenian Architecture: Origins, function and the orders
    • Visit Temple of Olympian Zeus, exhibitions at Akropolis and Evangelismos Metro stations and Lykabettos Hill
    • Group welcome dinner

Day 3: Sunday 22 January (Epiphany)

  • Lecture 3 – The AthenianAkropolis in the Archaic Period:Architecture and Sculpture
  • Lecture 4 – Athenian Akropolis in the Classical period: Architecture and Sculpture
  • Visit Athenian Akropolis

Day 4: Monday 23 January

  • Lecture 5 – The development of the Athenian Agora
  • Visit the Agora, Agora Museum and Areiopagos

Day 5: Tuesday 24 January

  • Visit Akropolis Museum and Pnyx

Day 6: Wednesday 25 January

  • Lecture 6 – The Kerameikos: burial practice and Athenian funerary sculpture
  • Visit Kerameikos and Kerameikos Museum

Day 7: Thursday 26 January

  • Visit Plato’s Academy, Piraeus (including Archaeological Museum), Trireme Olympias, Trachones Theatre

Day 8: Friday 27 January

  • Lecture 7 – Athenian sanctuary organisation and cult requirements
  • Visit Eleusis and the Sacred Way
  • Visit the border fort at Eleutherai

Saturday 28 January and Sunday 29 January

  • No organised activities

Day 11: Monday 30 January

  • Visit Marathon, Rhamnous and Oropos (Amphiaraos Sanctuary)

Day 12: Tuesday 31 January

  • Lecture 8 – Athenian Free standing Sculpture: The Archaic Period
  • Lecture 9 – Athenian Free standing Sculpture: The Classical Period
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum sculpture collection

Day 13: Wednesday 1 February

  • Lecture 10 – The Development of the Theatre
  • Visit south slope of Akropolis: Theatre of Dionysos, Odeion of Perilkes, Asklepieion
  • Visit north slope of Akropolis and Chregic Monumento of Lysikrates
  • Evening: Lecture 11 on Delphi

Day 14: Thursday 2 February

  • Visit Delphi Archaeological Museum
  • Taverna dinner
  • Overnight stay in Delphi

Day 15: Friday 3 February

  • Visit Delphi archaeological site and Monastery of Hosios Loukas and return to Athens

Saturday 4 February

  • No organised activities

Sunday 5 February

  • No organised activities

Day 18: Monday 6 February

  • Lecture 12 – The Case of the “Hephaisteion Architect” (mini-lecture delivered en route to site visits)
  • Visit Temple of Apollo Zoster and the cave of Pan at Vari
  • Visit Sounion (Poseidon and Athena sanctuaries)

Day 19: Tuesday 7 February

  • Lecture 13 – Athenian Vase Painting I
  • Hands-on pottery session at the British School at Athens
  • Visit numismatic collection at the Alpha Bank

Day 20: Wednesday 8 February

  • Visit Loutsa (Sanctuary of Artemis Tauropolos), Brauron (Sanctuary of Artemis Brauronia) and Thorikos

Day 21: Thursday 9 February

  • Lecture 14 – Athenian Vase Painting II
  • Visit National Archaeological Museum pottery collection
  • Farewell dinner

Day 22: Friday 10 February

  • Departure from summer program accommodation