While warfare and political unrest have made many of the important sites of the Ancient Near East inaccessible, most of the great artifacts of its ancient civilizations are found in the great museums of Europe. These include the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, mummies and artifacts from Egypt, and countless relics and important inscriptions from ancient Israel, Syria, and Persia. In addition, students of Early Christianity will be interested in Athens and Corinth, which were scenes of Paul’s ministry, and Rome, where both Paul and Peter were martyred and which includes monuments such as the Arch of Titus, that attests the fall of Jerusalem.
Join us for three weeks as we study in the British Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, and important museums in Berlin and Munich. While most of our time will be spent in these museums, students will be given free time in each of these cities to enjoy other sightseeing. We will then travel to Greece, where we will enjoy the sites and museums of Athens and visit Delphi, Corinth, and Eleusis. Our study abroad will end in Rome, where we will spend a day in the Vatican Museums and see the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s; spend a full day in the Forum and visiting other ancient Roman sites; and then spend half a day in the catacombs before going to the important ancient port of Ostia.