TLN footer
mosaic of Roman boat
underwater archeology
Mediterranean garden
the Mediterranean Diet | The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Roman road
3 MED - Mediterranean-wide classes
Ideas for other classes in this category? Please write to:
teach@travlearning.net
Mediterranean Geography will provide a comprehensive look at the Mediterranean Sea and the countries that border it. Among the
topics to be covered are geology (formation of the Mediterranean Basin, its major landforms, and volcanism), climate; vegetation and
Biomes (how climate affects plants and animals and thus diet); history of human habitation; impact of human activity today (costal
zones, agriculture, water resources, pollution, urbanization)
Instructor: Brian Sommers, PhD. Is the former Chair of the Department of Georgraphy at Central Connecticut State University.

Mediterranean Wine Wars. The Mediterranean is the center of the world of wine. More than half the world’s wine is made in France,
Italy and Spain and much of it is consumed there as well. But the center is under attack. Globalization brings new competitors and
influences from outside the region that affect all aspects of the Mediterranean wine world. And global climate change challenges
century-old assumptions about what wines should be made where and how. This class examines the changing world of wine through
the lens of the market forces that are redrawing the world wine map and the tradition-minded “terroirists” who resist them.
Instructor: Mike Veseth Ph.D. is professor emeritus of international political economy at the University of Puget Sound. He is author of
a dozen books including
Wine Wars and Extreme Wine and editor of The Wine Economist blog. He was the Carnegie Foundation’s
2010 Professor of the Year for Washington State.

Travelling the Mediterranean via Roman Roads. Long-range consular roads transported armies, officials, correspondence and
goods, thereby linking cities, towns and military bases around the Mediterranean. Well-drained and accurately surveyed, the
construction of Roman roads often required building bridges and cutting through hillsides. After 200 BC, increasingly more sections
were paved and flanked by footpaths and bridleways. Eventually a 400,000 km network connected Rome's 113 provinces, of which
roughly 20% was paved (4,000 km in the modern UK, 21,000 km in France). Given the exacting engineering standards used, many
sections of have been overlaid by modern roads and other sections remain visible—and in use-even today.

Navigating the Mediterranean in antiquity. Man has sailed the Mediterranean since prehistoric times, carrying with him bowls and
containers of food, amphorae for wine and oil, amulets, and kits. Most of what was carried aboard was intended for commerce, the
driving force behind the gradual perfection of shipbuilding and navigation. Agricultural surpluses became a valuable commodity for
exchange for objects produced elsewhere but obtainable locally. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Etruscans dominated the
Mediterranean in turn. When the Romans did so they simply called it Mare Nostrum. This class will draw on the latest research in
marine archeology to explain how navigation evolved through ancient times. We'll study (a) the vessels themselves, which evolved
from mere rowboats to freighters for commerce and, for war, dazzling rowing machines carrying artillery and marines; (b) the primary
trade routes and how they changed over time, and (c) the goods that were carried.
the Three Graces
TLN mediterranean sea icon

Mediterranean culture & food | classes for adults in Europe

Copyright © 2012-2013
James Emil Flege
The Mediterranean Diet. It's the topic of hundreds of cook books because the food tastes good, is easy to
prepare, and yields notable health benefits. It's a diet shared by countries along the shores of the
Mediterranean despite their historical and cultural differences. But what is it exactly, and how did it develop?
Can the beneficial effects of what you why is this diet being abandoned by young people who live in
Mediterranean countries?
Instructor: Frank Franklin (MD Maryland, MPH Harvard, PhD MIT) is Professor Emeritus in the School of
Public Health of the Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham. His research interests include nutrition problems and
policies, pediatrics and school nutrition programs; his passion is finding ways to augment the health of
communities through healthier diet and lifestyles.

Mediterranean Gardens. The winter-wet/summer- climate that favors the plants typical of this type of garden
exist in places other than the Mediterranean, such as southern California. This class is intended for those
who would like to create the effects of such a garden at home. You'll learn to create a lush garden using
water-wise, drought-tolerant plants and landscape techniques. We'll focus on how to choose survival, plant
propagation layout, color, scale, and proportion. The class will include visits to local gardens and nurseries
Instructor:
Mediterranean Cultural Anthropology. There are countless jokes poking fun of national differences that begin “Hear the one
about the X, the Y, and the Z?” These jokes tend to be mildly funny because they are based on recognizable stereotypes. Many
differences can exist between culturally defined groups, but anthropologists know that these differences are not infinite. This
class will examine the cultures of Italy, Spain, France, Greece. Is there a basis for talking about a truly “Mediterranean” (or
European) culture? Some anthropologists doubt it (e.g., Current Anthropology, 1989, vol. 30, pp. 399-406). Assuming that a
general Mediterranean wide culture exists, what are its defining characteristics and to what factors should we attribute national
differences? Which characteristics are likely to be easy for visitors from North America to understand, and which are likely to
remain unfathomable?
The classes in this category expand outward, beyond the country
in which your host city is located.  They deal in a general way with
the Mediterranean Sea, the crossroad of ancient civilizations and
the cultures which today exists in countries surrounding the
Mediterranean, in particular Spain, France, Italy and Greece.

Medtiterranean classes | TLN educational tours for adults

class categories