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The Parthenon on the Acropolis of Athens

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is once again taking travelers on a journey to Egypt and Greece (separate programs).

There will be three free public presentations to learn more about the trip, all at the St. Louis County Library, Main Branch, 1640 South Lindbergh Boulevard, at 1 p.m. Jan. 26, 27 and Feb. 2 (all are the same program).

A team of professors leads students and members of the community (families and senior citizens welcome) through Egypt, and through Greece, mixing site visits, museums and fun activities. In Egypt, the group tests theories of pyramid construction by building a model pyramid, learns to carve and paint hieroglyphic tablets, and re-creates a mummification ritual. In Greece, the group re-creates the trial of Socrates in an ancient council chamber, makes sundials on the beach, runs a short race in an Olympic stadium and performs an ancient play in an ancient theater with costumes and masks you make yourselves. Can be taken for college credit.

All the details are at ancientlegacies.org.