SCU Students Travel to Italy for Hands-On Learning Experience

Students in Southwestern Christian University’s Greek Literature & Mythology and Paul’s Prison Epistles classes kept the wheels of wisdom spinning and received valuable hands-on learning over the recent Fall Break as they spent some time outside of the classroom visiting sites covered in both courses.

Led by Professor Shelley Groves, Head of the Language Arts Department at SCU, and Professor Adrian Hinkle, Chair of the School of Theology/Missions, students boarded a plane to Italy to view the historical masterpieces mentioned in ancient Greek literature.

The first stop in their week-long voyage was Rome where students were able to see sites such as St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo’s Pieta and Moses, the Pantheon, the Colosseum, Paul’s Mammertime Prison, the Catacombs, St. Paul’s Outside the Walls – the church where Paul is buried – and many more.

The group journeyed over to Greece for the second part of the trip where they laid eyes on historical beauties such as the Acropolis, the Parthenon, Porch of the Maidens, Mars Hill, the Tomb of Agamemnon in Mycenae, the museum and archeological site in Corinth, the Theater of Epidaurus, Olympia, and the museum and archaelogical
site at Delphi.

Groves recounts one of the most memorable moments on the trip was being able to experience Grecian culture firsthand with the assistance of a biblical archaelogist Costa, who served as the group’s guide.

“One of the favorites shared by everyone was being able to eat lunch at Costa’s family-owned restaurant in Mycenae,” stated Groves. “Costa even took some of our students to go pick fresh oranges from the orange grove behind the restaurant. We had fresh orange juice and oranges to take with us that afternoon. He really made sure we had a beautiful experience, and it was such a good time.”

Another favorite of Groves was the Theater at Epidaurus.    

“The acoustics were unbelievable and the setting was like looking at a postcard. It was so surreal and hard to believe that we were physically standing there,” said Groves.

SCU sophomore Duncan Wade also recollected on how beautiful the Grecian area was in general.

“Delphi was amazing,” said Wade. “We climbed to the top of Delphi to see the ancient theatre and the Delphi Stadium where the Pythian Games (now known as the Olympic Games) used to be held.”

The students and professors alike relished the trip as well as obtained practical learning related to their curriculum on this journey to observe Italian and Greek historical sites in person. It was a trip that will not soon be forgotten.