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On a map, Colby may seem isolated. In our northern corner it's hard to imagine the constant flux of students, faculty, and guests who come from and go to places all over the world. Yet that movement is exactly what happens, and if one were to superimpose the paths of these travelers on said map, the lines would zig and zag and stretch across it. I was lucky enough to make one of those paths when I, along with 18 other Colby students, went to Greece for an anthropology Jan Plan. The course, Ancient Sites and Their Visitors, taught by professors James Barrett and Mary Beth Mills, toured ancient ruins left by the Greeks and Romans but also looked at their contemporary presentation, an aspect of the sites that tells us as much about modern culture as it does ancient civilization.

Our journey started in Athens, where we visited the Acropolis, the ancient marketplace called the Agora, the burial grounds at Kerameikos, and the National Acheological Museum. We also traveled by bus to Mycenae, Nafplio, Epidaurus, Olympia, and Delphi. Both the city and the journey through the Peleponnese were stunningly beautiful; the Greek landscape begs to be photographed, and I happily obliged. I also went with friends on a few excusions of my own, such as a day trip to the Island of Aegina. Here is a collection of my best shots. I hope you enjoy!

Charlotte Wilder
Lincoln, Mass.
Winsor School
Major: History
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Jan Plan in Greece: A Trip Fit for the Gods

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Charlotte Wilder
Lincoln, Mass.
Winsor School
Major: History

On a map, Colby may seem isolated. In our northern corner it's hard to imagine the constant flux of students, faculty, and guests who come from and go to places all over the world. Yet that movement is exactly what happens, and if one were to superimpose the paths of these travelers on...   Read More

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CORNERSTONE  An architectural detail of the Erechtheon Temple atop the Acropolis.


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On February 24, 2010 at 11:25 pm, John Meader wrote:
What a wonderful photo essay. Every picture is unique and enticing. You capture color extremely well. The pictures really make me want to visit Greece, and I admire your fine photography. Thank you for sharing.
On April 1, 2010 at 11:28 am, Dorothy Westhafer wrote:
Dear Charlotte, Your beautiful photos brought back memories of a trip to Greece - the Albright Knox Art Gallery, where I am a docent ,has Ionic columns - I ask the students where they originated - it's always rewarding when someone knows. I took a lot of slides and my husband and I presented a program for the Rotary Club and the Presbyterian Church in Lockport, NY (city of Erie Canal fame) My favorite slides: Delphi - "belly button" of the world - oracle vents, site of the first Olympic games etc. I'm so looking forward to seeing the campus, meeting James' friends. Best, D. W.
On May 6, 2010 at 9:41 am, Barbara wrote:
Dear Charlotte, Your photos were beautiful. I think I want to go to Greece .Well maybe not right now, but you diid show the beauty. Hope to see you soon love Barbara
On August 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm, Nathalie Weisgall wrote:
Dear Charlotte, I have been savoring your art-photographs (I love the angle of the Erechtheum), your very imaginative and technically intriguing painting, and the eloquent pictures you paint with words. I hope you will always use all these talents to interpret life for us. (I will pursue the Echo in order to follow you on your adventures.) With admiration and love, Nathalie