The World of St. Paul & Late Antiquity: Civilizations and Faiths in Transition
Departure September 6 – 17, 2019
At the height of the Pax Romana, between the reigns of Augustus and Trajan, the Roman Empire stood at the pinnacle of its glory, controlling the vast territory from Hadrian’s Wall in northern England to the Caspian Sea in Asia. Roman law and Roman culture, to a great extent based on the culture of ancient Greece, knew no rival, and during this tranquil period, Christianity was born. Eventually, Rome declined and its empire disappeared. But much of the Greco-Roman legacy was preserved for eternity, in no small way thanks to Christianity. And Christianity might have remained obscure had not a Jew named Paul from Tarsus carried the new faith to the great cities of the Empire. Paul incorporated tenets of Greek classical tradition and Judaism into the new faith.
Our journey is designed to explore sites that are richly associated with some of the most dramatic moments in the history of the rise of Christianity set in the context of the Greco-Roman culture of St. Paul’s life and time.
Why Travel with Thalassa Journeys
Thalassa Journeys was established by the principals and managers of Travel Dynamics, the company that 50 years ago pioneered the concept of educational travel for America’s educational and cultural institutions. The belief that travel is primarily a learning experience forms the core principle of Thalassa Journeys.
Each Thalassa Journey is constructed around a particular theme. Unlike most tours, each of our journeys are intimate, and led by lecturers who are truly subject-matter experts for each theme. Although many other companies claim to have expert lecturers, few truly have accomplished, renowned experts in their fields, like Thalassa.