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The Ancient Studies Department sponsors annual study/travel programs to sites in the modern world relating to the ancient Greek and Roman world.


Visit Turkey with the Ancient Studies Department in 2015

The UMBC Ancient Studies Department will conduct its 49th annual study tour in Turkey March 13-22, 2015. The price of $2,650.00 (based on a group of 30) includes all air, land, and sea travel, twin-share accommodation for 8 nights at 4-star hotels, buffet breakfasts, 3 dinners, 1 lunch, and entrance to all archaeological sites and museums on the itinerary. Single rooms are available at an additional cost. ANCS majors and minors, UMBC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and members of the community are welcome on the tour. The trip can be taken as a 3-credit course in the Winter 2015 term (ANCS 301; winter semester tuition applies). Scholarships are available to Ancient Studies majors taking the course for credit. Places are limited, so reserve yours today! A $350.00 deposit is required by September 26, 2014.

The tour begins in Istanbul with visits to monuments of the Byzantine and Ottoman empires: the church of Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, Tokapi Palace, and the Blue Mosque. The following day, we brave the waters of the Dardanelles for a ferry ride to Çanakkale before spending a day at the site of ancient Troy. From Çanakkale we fly inland to Ankara to visit the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, the sacred Hittite site of Yazilikaya, and Hattusa, the sprawling capital of the Hittites.

From Ankara, we fly to Ismir (Smyrna), catching the splendor of Ephesos, city where Artemis was worshipped in earnest and an early outpost of Christianity, before settling in at the seaside resort of Kuşadasi. On our final day, we tour the ancient cities of Priene and Miletos and visit Didyma, site of the magnificent temple and oracle of Apollo.

This is too good an opportunity to miss! Contact Domonique Pitts at or at 410-455-6265 (5-6265 from campus) to register your interest now.

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