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Nostalgia, or Home with my Marines

Like so many English words, nostalgia has its roots in Greek. Νόστος, nostos, a word used by Homer, means homecoming and… More

Jan Sanders Regional Director of Mediterranean Programs


Jan Sanders


Regional Director of Mediterranean Programs


Dr. Sanders, a longtime resident of Athens, has served in various supervisory roles at the Arcadia Center since 1990. Jan oversees programs in the Mediterranean region (Greece, Italy, Spain and Turkey), manages all student support and administrative personnel, as well as interviews and hires all faculty. In addition to her role as Regional Director, Jan teaches several courses at the Arcadia Center that focus on the history, art and culture of ancient Greece. She received her Ph.D. in Classical Archaeology from the University of Missouri, Columbia and focused her dissertation on the material remains and historical significance of the cult of the Dioskouri in Lakonia. During her graduate education, Jan participated in several archaeological excavations in Greece, Egypt, Cyprus, and Portugal. She is a senior member of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.

Nostalgia, or Home with my Marines

Jan Sanders November 22, 2017

Like so many English words, nostalgia has its roots in Greek. Νόστος, nostos, a word used by Homer, means homecoming and ἄλγος, algos, is a psychological pain or an ache. Put these together and you get nostalgia, that bittersweet feeling of longing… More

Our Little Barnabas Square

Jan Sanders October 18, 2017

Pagrati, the Athenian neighborhood where the Athens Center is located, is full of important people. Our Center is on the street of Embedokles, a well-known (if you lived in the 5th century b.c.e.) Pythagorean philosopher. I live on the corner of the street… More

Picturing Athens: the ever-present light

Jan Sanders October 12, 2017

In the Picturing Athens class, students use the photographic lens to create and curate their own stories of Athens. Each week is marked by a photographic theme chosen by the students. This week’s theme grew out of our focus on noticing details in the… More

Meet the Faculty: Evita Tsokanta

Jan Sanders October 9, 2017

Evita Tsokanta is an art historian, gallery director and independent curator of contemporary art exhibitions in Athens. She holds an MA from University College London in Cultural and Creative Industries. With colleague Eirene Efstathiou, Evita teaches… More

Hunting antiques in Athens

Jan Sanders September 21, 2017

Like any urban center, Athens is full of interesting little places, shops, squares and corners. Unlike most European urban centers though, there’s an area deep downtown that still retains the footprint of the original agora or shopping center, the bazaar… More

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