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An educational program is always proud when one of its alumni/ae follows the chosen professional career and later achieves recognition for his/her accomplishments. The long-running College Year in Athens has many such success stories over the past decades. One alumnus (from 1989) that CYA can be especially proud of is Professor Brendan Burke (University of Victoria). He is in Athens this winter leading a semester abroad program for undergraduate students from his Department of Greek and Roman Studies.

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78-25-021 Soluntum, sections of painted wall in house

Soluntum, sections of painted wall in house (Professor Fred Winter, 1978)

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The mega-eruption of the volcano on the island of Thera (modern Santorini) in the Late Cycladic I period which buried the settlement of Akrotiri on the south coast has produced spectacular architectural and material culture remains as well as generated many hard-fought controversies. The two most prominent revolve around the absolute date of the eruption (“high chronology” = later 17th century BC vs “low chronology” = late 16th century BC) and the nature and the effect of the tsunami caused by the collapse of the caldera.

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