LOVE & ROMANTICISM
Does love poetry and romantic art make your heart flutter? Then let Erato, the ancient Muse of Lyric poetry, guide you on an itinerary that traces the work of romantics through time.
“Read the works of Sappho and Catullus in the locations that inspired them.”
Your romantic, literary journey takes you first to Verona, birthplace of the Roman poet Catullus, and then on to Rome, where he continued his education and writing career and fell in love with 'Lesbia', both the protagonist and antagonist of his passionate poems. Discover the connections she shares with the real-life figure of Clodia, who features prominently in one of Rome's most infamous murder trials.
The Island of Lesbos
SCROLL THROUGH SOME OF ERATO'S SUGGESTIONS
Latin Love Poets:
Catullus, Propertius and Ovid
Erato is the Muse of lovers, not warriors. Explore the Roman love poets with their brilliant wit and rich explorations of human nature. The setting for their poetry is mostly Rome and its environs, but sometimes they will take you to the most unexpected places!
SAMPLE ITINERARY INSPIRED BY ERATO
Follow in the footsteps of one of the earliest poets in Greek and world literature. Sappho exhibits an extraordinary passion in the fragments of her poetry that survive, which date back to the 7th century BCE. Read her works in the locations that inspired her. Also, learn about Terpander, of Antissa in Lesbos, was a Greek poet and citharede who lived in the first half of the 7th century BC. He was the father of Greek music and through it, of lyric poetry. Terpander is perhaps the earliest historically certain figure in the music of Ancient Greece
ROMANTIC GREEK ISLANDS
We begin our trip on the Greek isle of Lesbos, birthplace of one of the country's earliest poets and writers, Sappho, dating back to the 7th century. Also, enjoy an introduction to Terpander!
Explore more and extend your stay
Immerse yourself in the modern food, culture and beaches of Lesbos on your final day on the island or choose to head to another, neighbouring, Greek island or mainland Turkey, adding a couple of extra days to your stay.
Delve into island life on Lesbos—experiencing everything from beautiful, picture-perfect villages, to the great ancient capital of Mytilene.
Take in the sights of Athens
End your journey by returning to Athens, exploring the city and its National Archaeological Museums. Look through archives dedicated to Lesbos and Sappho and discover the secrets of the city first hand.
Here is another exciting example of a Urania inspired adventure that we organise:
Follow the Muses from Greece to the UK, Italy, and Germany, and explore the romanticism of the German writers, Goethe and Schiller
Please contact us for more details and to start designing your personalised unforgettable experience.
“My son took the Landon School Trip to Europe with Archaeomuse years ago, and since then he has been studying Latin—currently at the University of Vermont. He has also returned to Greece and Italy.”