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2015-2016 Catalog

INDS 175 Back to the Roots of Western Civilization: Greece and Italy

An on-site study of two great pillars of civilization that form the intellectual and spiritual foundations of the western world: Greece, where democracy--"people power"--and a love of beauty and rational discourse originated; and Roman Italy, where the genius for civilization and government made of the classical heritage a great legacy. Students encounter the enduring force of these cultures. On site they learn and experience for themselves, the tangible heritage of each civilization in architecture and plastic arts. Grand public monuments and private structures embody fundamental ideas that have become part of the way Western citizens think and feel. Lectures and discussions complement contributions of local guides.