Comic Drama and Leisure (or topics that should be discussed at the dinner table over a few drinks and lots of good food!). Thalia is the ancient Muse of comic drama. Her name means 'rich, plentiful, abundance and good cheer', qualities associated with feasts and banquets. Allow Thalia to inspire you to pursue journeys that bring good cheer and happiness.
“Discover more about the origins of your favourite pastimes by tailoring trips that combine your hobbies with visits to sites and activities that give history, context and bring those interests to life.”
A visit to Tuscany is a must for fans of the grape: the origins of the ancient practice of wine-making can be traced back to the Romans, Etruscans and Greeks. Pottery, decorated with mythological images, was traded between the Greeks and Etruscans and used as vessels to pour, store and mix wine at drinking parties.
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Ancient Greek Comedy: Aristophanes
The ancient playwright Aristophanes was the first political and social critic, using comedy and drama to relay his message. This experience is based in Athens, using one or more of Aristophanes’ plays as the inspiration for visiting sites around the city connected with the political and social satire prominent in his comedies.
Explore the origins of modern Italian or Greek cuisine by visiting the archaeological areas connected to today's culinary traditions. Your journey will take you from ancient olive groves and vineyards to modern, exquisite, olive oil and wine.
SAMPLE ITINERARY INSPIRED BY THALIA
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Exploring Greco-Roman cuisine
Uncover the origins of Greek and Italian cuisine by beginning your trip in either Rome or Athens, gateways to the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome.
Alexander the Great's wine region
Macedonia is one of Greece's best wine-producing regions and, as an added bonus, was also home to Philip II of Macedon and his son, Alexander the Great.
Orange groves and Kalamata olives in the Argolid and Peloponnese
Explore further or, instead, move on to a specific region of Italy or Greece and discover classical origins in the Argolid, Macedonia, or Tuscany.
Taste the cuisine of Poseidon's Greece or Ceres' Italy
On your final day, explore the history and archaeology of your chosen region in relation to a particular dish or food, such as fish and seafood in Greece or bread-making in Samnium, Italy.
“Archaeomuse listened carefully to requirements, adapted itineraries and accommodation to make the trip so memorable for all of our pupils. They were efficient, flexible and attentive with a real attention to detail.”