CALLIOPE

Calliope inspired travel programmes

Calliope, meaning ‘the beautiful voiced’ in ancient Greek, was the originally the Muse of Epic Poetry in ancient times, inspiring Homer and Virgil to compose the poems Iliad, Odyssey and Aeneid about the travels, adventures and struggles of the heroes Achilles, Odysseus and Aeneas.

  • Literature

    Epic poetry or literature about heroes or impressive events.

  • Art

    All forms of artistic expression connected with heroes and important events.

  • Architecture

    Monuments, structures and buildings.

Greco-Roman Bridges, Roads, Aqueducts and Architecture- Temples, Amphitheatres, Theatres

Visit your own personally selected examples of several marvels of Greco-Roman architecture and engineering including, for example, the Colosseum, Pont-du-Gard, and the theatre at Epidaurus, Greece.

Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid and Dante’s Divine Comedy: the Epic tradition

The epic tradition beginning with Homer, then continuing with Virgil and Dante, can take you from the Ionian coast of the Aegean sea between Greece and Turkey and the ancient city of Troy to mainland Greece, continuing to Italy and beyond, including the legendary location of the entrance of the underworld near lake Avernus in the Bay of Naples. Follow the footsteps of the legendary heroes Odysseus, Achilles or Aeneas.

The English Classic Tradition Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton

This Calliope-inspired programme is UK-focused, tracing the steps of these three major English writers, exploring several of their literary works, references to places in the UK, where the plays and poems take place or were inspired, and all other aspects of these writers and their works. In particular, Calliope will illustrate how these masters have continued the Greco-Roman classical tradition in Great Britain. Consult Calliope for further details! Ask her about this or another programme based on one of these writers or another that interests you.

Classical Art & Sculpture

Calliope’s original focus on epic poetry has been broadened to visual art as well. Work with our artistic Muse to create a personalised journey that takes you to experience some or all of the most impressive examples of Greco-Roman art; your journey can take you to one or several of the world capitals of classical art, such as Rome or Athens and some of the most important museums as well in Paris, London, Naples, Florence, Oxford and many more!

Classical Inspiration and the Renaissance: Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael

The focus of this programme is the Renaissance, or re-birth of the study and interest in Greco-Roman civilisation in Europe beginning at the end of the Middle Ages. Explore the lives and works of masters such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael and Botticelli. Your focus can be on the Italian renaissance or its expression in France and Great Britain as well.