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Students Travel to Athens to Study Ancient Greek Theatre

Students pose with an old structure in the background.

Students enrolled in Iona College's Theatre in Classical Greece class spent their 2018 spring break in Athens, Greece. During the trip, they experienced the theatres and the history of Athens, attending The Birds by renowned comic playwright Aristophanes -- and visited an ancient Greek theatre in Epidaurus. The group of 21 students also took walking tours featuring visits to The Acropolis, The Temple of Zeus, The Temple of Poseidon and Panathinaiko Stadium where the first Olympic Games took place . Additionally, they visited the world renowned archaeological sites and museums in Athens and visited the city of Delphi, home of ancient Greek theatre structures and stadiums.

The group poses at a site with old Greek columns and ruins.

"This program enables students to experience very specific and essential hands on learning opportunities based on the instruction that takes place in the classroom throughout the semester," said Professor Donnarumma. "Providing the students with opportunities to experience the works and the world of Ancient Greece and experience the city of Athens itself with all of their senses brings the classroom experience to an unparalleled state."

This class is offered only in the spring semester. It can be applied toward the FPA core requirements, minor or as an elective. For more information, please contact the Fine and Performing Arts department chair, Professor Thomas Donnarumma, at

Students pose on the steps outside of museum.

See more study abroad opportunities in the Fine and Performing Arts Department and other Iona study abroad programs.