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The Mediterranean: The Sea of Destiny from Athens to Nice

April 27-May 10, 2015

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Almost completely surrounded by land, the beautiful Mediterranean has always been an important route for colonization, trade, and war.

The succession of cultures populating its shores since ancient times has left a legacy of Roman ruins throughout the region, Greek cities in Sicily, Arab architecture in Spain, and Islamic influences in the former Yugoslavia. Ambition and greed over centuries have led to epic clashes over territory and resources, repeatedly refashioning the maps of the area.

During this cruise from Athens to Nice, we'll enjoy exceptional amenities and spacious suites aboard the Island Sky. From these comfortable surroundings, we'll delve into the political, strategic, and cultural history of the region, visiting such archaeological sites as the Acropolis in Athens, Troy, megalithic Hagar Qim and Tarxien on Malta, and Sicily's Agrigento.

We'll enjoy museums rich in ancient treasures, and we'll take in the military and naval battlefields of transformative clashes.

The voyage will be greatly enhanced by presentations from historian Adam Tooze of Yale; Kevin Weddle, retired professor of military theory at the U.S. Army War College; and Cornell's own Barry Strauss, military historian specializing in ancient Greece and Rome, whose book The Battle of Salamis illuminates the starting point of our cruise.

Barry Strauss
Barry Strauss, is the Bryce and Edith M. Bowmar Professor in Humanistic Studies at Cornell, chair of the Department of History, an expert in Greek and Roman military history, and an acclaimed author whose books include The Battle of Salamis (2004), The Trojan War (2006), The Spartacus War (2009), and Masters of Command: Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar and the Genius of Leadership (2012).

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  • Fitness scale: Slightly strenuous. May require extended walking over uneven ground as well as the ability to climb stairs and to stand for considerable periods of time.

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