Greece: Mathematical and Cultural Perspectives

Lead and follow, listen and tell, take in and share; eat, dance, read, ride, touch, and learn how Greek culture contributed to philosophy, language, politics, and mathematics that shaped our world.

March 4-14, 2020

This spring, travel to Greece, exploring one of the world’s most mysterious and treasured cities of intellectual life and culture — Athens. Students will travel to such scientifically significant sites and museums as Corinth, Kotokolo, Olympia, Delphi, the theater of Epidaurus, ancient Mycenae, and the tunnel of Eupalinos. While in Athens, we will spend time with Greek students, solve problems with them that are relevant both historically and in the modern age, marvel at the constructions of our forebears, and learn in some of the sites and museums most laden with inspired discoveries and antiquarian artifacts: Herakleidon, Plato’s Academy, Lyceum, the Athenian Learning Gymnasium, Acropolis, Parthenon, and the Tower of Winds. With multiple days in Athens our group will dive deep into the quest to discover ancient knowledge, as well as enjoy traditional Greek food and dance.

Students also will travel to Samos, capping the experience with an adventure on this mystical isle full of legend. As we head for home, we will ponder the significance that this tiny country has exerted on the whole of human history — through mathematical, scientific, political, and social innovation.

Throughout our travels in Greece, students will engage the following questions:

  • How has this nation and region contributed to the development of mathematics, modern architecture, and government/society?
  • What can we see visibly enduring of that legacy from the geometry of ancient Greece in today’s architecture and design?
  • Can we learn by solving the problems that other cultures addressed — while withholding the results of our modern age? Do we arrive at the same results?

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  • Cost

    Includes all ground transportation, flights, meals, accommodations, visas and all required non-routine vaccines. Families will receive a list of all MANDATORY vaccines that are required.  All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines.  Families will be charged for any trip related routine vaccines administered on campus.  If the participant has received any of the mandatory vaccines, documentation must be provided to the Health & Wellness Center no later than December 13.

    Current cost is based on the posted price of flights available at the time of trip planning.  There is the potential for this to change. Participants will be alerted to any changes at time of trip sign-ups.

Know Before You Go

Program Leaders
Brent Ferguson, Mathematics Master
Scott Barnard, Latin Master
Karla Guido, Assistant Athletic Director

Important Travel Program Policies and General Information

All passports must be current seven months past the return date of any School-sponsored trip. Please check and plan accordingly. A photocopy of the passport information page is required for sign-up when the first payment is due.

All travelers must be up-to-date on routine vaccines. Families will be charged for any trip related routine vaccines administered on campus.

Greece Packing List


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Target Student Population
This trip is recommended to all students who have a keen interest in the history of ideas, but will be especially thrilling for those who have read books and/or taken courses related to the historical development of mathematics, politics, language and architecture. A special invitation goes out to those wanting to learn more about the influence in particular of Greece, including Classics, Math, and History scholars. However, other students with a demonstrated or growing interest in these disciplines and/or country will be considered.

Participation for all Lawrenceville Harkness Travel Programs is dependent upon a review of student surveys, Housemaster/Advisor recommendations, medical fitness for participation, and financial and disciplinary standing.  Seniority and gender balance is also considered in the selection process.

Application to this program is not considered complete until both of the following items have been submitted:

Through House and Harkness, Lawrenceville challenges a diverse community of promising young people to lead lives of learning, integrity, and high purpose.  Our mission is to inspire the best in each to seek the best for all.