Treasures of Turkey: The Lost Worlds of Anatolia
Explore the lost worlds of Turkey as you travel from Gaziantep, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities, to Mt. Nemrut, known for its incredible mountain-top statues and temples, and Cappadocia, an evocative region of sculpted rock formations.
WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY
This is the second organized tour I've been on... this group was friendly, intelligent, curious, and fun to be with. Also, the itinerary and program were much more informative and in-depth than any self-guided trip I could have planned and took us to places I'd never have dreamed of going.”
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Robert R. Stieglitz, professor emeritus at Rutgers University, is an archaeologist of Biblical and Mediterranean Studies, with a research focus on cultural diffusion via Greek and Phoenician seafaring. Professor Stieglitz has taught at universities in Greece and Israel, has excavated for many years at several harbor sites therein, and was formerly curator of the National Maritime Museum, Haifa. He received his B.A. in Classics/Linguistics from City College of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Mediterranean Studies from Brandeis University. He is the author of over 100 articles on assorted Mediterranean Studies, and recipient of numerous awards. His book Tel Tanninim: Excavations at Krokodeilon Polis 1996-1999 was published in 2006. Professor Stieglitz has taught undergraduate courses on Greek and Roman history, biblical archaeology, the Bible as literature, law in the Ancient Near East, Jewish civilization, and graduate seminars on Bronze Age seafaring. Stieglitz has surveyed along the southern coast of Turkey, lectured extensively on the Sea Peoples linked to that region, and taught courses on the subjects of religion and science in light of pre-Socratic philosophies that originated in western Anatolia. He has presented papers in numerous international meetings, and lectured on many study tours of mainland Greece, Crete and Thera, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica, and maritime Turkey.
Janet Duncan Jones is Professor of Classics at Bucknell University. Janet received her B.A. in Latin from the College of William and Mary and her M.A. and Ph.D. in classical archaeology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Janet is an active field archaeologist specializing in Greek and Roman art and architecture, ancient urbanization, ancient technology with a focus on ancient glass production, and ancient environmental issues. She has published widely on the history of technology and is a frequent lecturer at universities and museums. She is full of stories from her extensive travels in the Mediterranean and Middle East and from over 20 years of archaeological field work in Greece at Athens and Corinth, in Turkey at Gritille Hoyuk and Gordion, in Tunisia at Carthage and in Jordan at el-Lejjun, Humayma, and Aqaba.
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 womens' 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.