Texas Tech University

City, Country, Borders

City, Country, Borders is a unique summer field course that begins in the heart of Rome, continues to the citadels and countryside around Nafplion, Greece, and concludes with an archaeological exploration along the Roman borders in the north of England at Hadrian's Wall.

Combining archaeology, literary studies, philosophy and performance with the itinerant craft once prevalent with the Grand Tour, the course will take place over a five week period from June 8 to July 14.

The first ten days will be spent within earshot of the Forum in Rome.

Based in the old Venetian and Turkish port town of Nafplion (Greece's first capital), the next two weeks will take in the monumental sites of Mycenae, Argos, Epidauros and Corinth along with the forgotten places and paths associated with the Greek Countryside. In addition, we will stay for two nights by the acropolis in Athens.

Finally, the last ten days will be spent learning the practices of archaeological excavation at the Roman fort of Binchester along Hadrian's Wall.

  • Counts for CLAS 3330 World of Rome, CLAS 3320 World of Greece and CLAS 4310 the archaeology of Roman Borders
  • The course is lead by Professors Don Lavigne and Christopher Witmore of Texas Tech University in association with Professor Corby Kelly of Macalester College


  • Who are you? - an archaeologist, a specialist in Greek Literature, a specialist in Latin Literature and Theater
  • What are the costs? - around 6k for program fees, plus airfare and tuition. Around, because the more who come along the less this will cost.
  • What do I get for my money? - All travel and site fees are included while in Europe. Breakfast is included in both Italy and Greece. Three meals a day are provided in the UK and there will be around 4 group dinners.
  • How do I sign up? - through Study Abroad at Texas Tech. The application system is web-based, and may be found at http://www.studyabroad.ttu.edu. Click on "Programs", then "Faculty-led Programs", then “City, Country, Borders.” Or better still, simply click here.
  • Where can I get more information? - join the e-mail list (by e-mailing Dr Witmore). Also check out the Michael Shanks' photography from Binchester.

Important Dates

  • February 25 - early registration (fee of $300)
  • March 25 - Registration Deadline (second fee of $700)