Summer School
Ionian University
Seafarers in Ancient Greece:
Pirates, Sailors, Colonizers
Corfu, Greece
July 13-25 2020
Corfu, Greece

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it has been decided to to cancel this year's Summer School, in order to ensure the safety and health of our attendants and our teaching staff.  

We hope to see you at next year's Summer School in 2021.



This two-week summer school focuses on various types of seafarers in ancient Greece, from pirates to sailors and colonizers. It explores their roles in mythical journeys, the colonization process and naval battles from the Archaic to the Hellenistic age. Emphasis will be given to maritime religion, economy and landscape. The program will also take advantage of the location of Corfu incorporating trips to islands and locations of sea-battles, and inquiring about the role of ancient Corcyra in seafaring. Through a combination of in-class lectures and on-site teaching the students will be able to gain a deep understanding of the history of seafaring along with various aspects of the life of islanders in the ancient world. The students will also establish a good foundation in ancient Greek History, Art, and Religion.

Academic Coordinators: Professor Athanasios Efstathiou ( and Dr Polyxeni Strolonga (

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