Bella Vivante, Professor of Classics, University of Arizona, has eagerly led college age and adult learners on many study tours through Turkey and Greece. She delights in repeatedly seeing the fantastic ancient to modern sites and artifacts herself and in sharing her enthusiasm with other interested learners. She is particularly excited about traveling in Turkey because of the rich array of cultures that have flourished on this landbase, reflected in the places we will visit. A recent adult learners tour she independently directed through western Turkey and a course on Anatolia, Cradle of Civilizations she is teaching in Spring 2014 have reinforced her passion for and knowledge about this Turkey excursion. Her research focuses on ancient Greek poetry, especially Homer, ancient women’s ritual and cultural roles, and on the figure of Helen as icon of femininity and poetic creation in ancient Greek and modern poetry. Her publications include: “Helen in 20th c. Films,” Daughters of Gaia: Women in the Ancient Mediterranean, and a translation of Euripides’ Helen in Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides. As she has already developed among a local enthusiastic following, Bella looks forward to creating with the Smithsonian Journeys traveler her love for the ancient world with its cultural artifacts and for the modern peoples and cultures we will encounter.