The spirit of Greek culture through history is felt everywhere on Paros. Discussions will focus on the relationship between myth, ritual, and architecture at sites like the Temple of Apollo at Delion, and the symposia on the floor of a Hellenistic andron; examining column drums from the Temple of Athena embedded in the walls of a Frankish fortress. Contemplating the practical and sacred purpose of artifacts presented at the Paros Archaeological Museum students will get a glimpse of the lives of people who used them. Students explore the halls of the Panagia Ekatontapiliani, or “Church of One Hundred Doors,” an exceptional example of Byzantine architecture said to have been founded by the Saint Helen, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great. We’ll investigate arts and crafts traditions preserved both in regional museums and hike the varied landscape of Paros on infrequently traveled Byzantine trails, visiting remote villages and mountain farms, as well as exploring ancient caves and marble quarries, historic monasteries and ruins.