Classical Crosswinds - from the Clashes on the Mediterranean to the Battles for the Balkans
The Adriatic, Ionian, and Aegean Seas were the great embryos of Classical and Renaissance civilizations - the Minoans, Mycenaeans, classical Greeks, Romans, and Venetians - proving violent fault-lines of cultural, political and religious rivalry, from antiquity until the present.
For our eighth annual historical trip to Europe, we have designed a tour of Ljubljana, Trieste, and Venice as a prelude to a week-long cruise along the Adriatic, Ionian and Aegean islands and coastline that will cover some 3,500 years of European history - from the eruption on Minoan Santorini through the rise of the Athenian and Roman Empires, to the wars of Venice against the Ottomans to the bloody fighting in World Wars I and II, culminating with the revolutions and violence that followed the break-up of the former Yugoslavia.
As classicists, Bruce Thornton, a Research Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and Professor of Classics and Humanities at California State University, Fresno (PhD UCLA, author of ten books on classical and contemporary Europe), and I will offer seven formal lectures that will focus on the Arsenal of Venice, the Battle of Lepanto, the Roman Dalmatian coast, the stasis on ancient Corfu, the mythical return of Odysseus, the battles of the Peloponnesian War, and the Athenian Aegean maritime empire. Dr. Tom Conner, the William P. Harris Chair in Military History and Professor of History at Hillsdale College, will also join us for both on-site commentary and formal lectures on the Battle of Caporetto, and the northern Italian front and Balkans campaigns of World War I and II.
Al Philipp with All Aboard Travel once again has arranged for luxury accommodations, gourmet meals, 24/7 service, and a professionally planned itinerary that seeks to cover an enormous amount of ground - Slovenia, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, and Greece - while minimizing the bother of travel by incorporating a seven-day cruise, in between our stays in Slovenia and Athens.
We look forward to returning to the Mediterranean, where we can best draw on both our formal training and published works to present scholarly and accessible formal lectures on the ancient world and military history, and, more informally, to share our meals and walking tours with each one of you.
As before, the contemporary world will never be far away, as we review the recent tragedies such as the 1991 siege of Dubrovnik, the recent rise of Turkish power in the Aegean, and the post-2008 Greek financial meltdown. We will also host lively debates about our own opinion journalism that will reflect many of the controversies that arise from our tour and cruise of the Adriatic, Ionian, and Aegean Seas.
We hope you can join us.
Victor Davis Hanson
Martin and Illie Anderson Senior Fellow in Classics and Military History, The Hoover Institution, Stanford University