Green harbor sunset

Upcoming Tours & Events

July 26-August 14, 2017
Athens, Greece

Make history come alive by enacting on the stage of an ancient theatre scenes from this ancient Greek historian’s account of the 25-year long war between Athens and Sparta. In Athens, Greece, July 26-Aug 14, 2017. Sponsored by HERC, the Hellenic Educational & Research Center (HERC).

View from Pronaia, Sanctuary before the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece

View from Pronaia, Sanctuary before the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, Greece

A Stay in Greece: Athens and Poros
SEP 6-16, 2017

Bella Vivante will be Study leader for this new Smithsonian Journeys land tour of Greece. We will see Athens and Poros, Hydra, Epidauros, Nauplion, Mycenae and more!

  • My spring 2017 Humanities Seminars Program course on The Odyssey superbly capped my year of reading Homer with HSP students. It was a great way to delve into the many levels of meaning of the incredible Homeric epics. Check the UA Humanities Seminars website and The Learning Curve website for exciting course offerings and lectures, by me and others.
  • I participated in the annual Homerathon (spring 2017), reading of the entire Iliad, sponsored by the UA undergraduate Classics club. I read from Book 9, in both English and Ancient Greek.
  • Thucydides Dramaticus I, Summer 2016 was a fantastic program in Athens, Greece that began as a 2-week combined theatrical/academic study of select scenes from ancient historian Thucydides’ account of the Peloponnesian War, as dramatized by Greek playwright John Lignadis. As we began, the play was added to the Eleusis summer performance festival. In 14 days the participants–36 Greek theatre students, 6 American Classics and other students, 2 Turkish women and 1 Chinese woman study directing at UCLA–under direction of Yannis Panagopoulos and Elena Kamilari, mounted a fantastic performance, with set and costumes by Dimos Klimenof. It has since been performed by Karolos Kuhn, one of the premier theatre companies in Greece.
  • Once again, both my fall adult, continuing ed courses in Fall 2016 went off swimmingly. The Iliad for the Humanities Seminars Program, Part 1 of a year-long exploration of Homer’s 2 great epic poems, being continued in Spring 2017 with Homer’s Odyssey. And The Landscape of Mythology for The Learning Curve.
  • This spring I got to explore new vistas as Study Leader on Smithsonian Journeys to Sicily and S. Italy, April 25-May 9, 2016. I got to visit many fascinating places I’d not seen before: Taormina, Mt. Etna, Agrigento, Sicily, and the distinctive S. Italian villages of Matera, Lecce, Polignano a Mare and Sorrento. Check out the photos on my ARIELA, LLC FB page.
  • Both my spring courses went very well: “War in Ancient Greek Drama” for the Humanities Seminars Program and “Women of Power in Antiquity” for The Learning Curve. I’m thrilled that there will be more to come at both venues. See above.
  • We had a wonderful 1-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF ARIELA, LLC on Sunday, October 25, 2015, at the wonderful location of the Civano Community Center, hosted by Gail Arrenholz. I had brought Turkish Delight and little mementoes from Turkey–mini turtle magnets and little “evil eyes”–to hand out at the party. We had luscious food, wine and camaraderie, and I spoke briefly on the situation in Greece and Turkey.
  • I spoke on “Travel to Greece and Turkey–Is It Safe?” to a small and attentive group on Oct. 30, 2015, at Quail Creek Country Club, Green Valley, AZ.  Attendees had many concerned questions about this important topic.  A very good meeting.  I hope to do more.
  • Another great trip as Study leader on Smithsonian Journeys, “Legendary Turkey and the Turquoise Coast,” Sept. 26-Oct. 10, 2015. It’s so enjoyable to travel with people who enjoy travel and learning together in a delightful atmosphere. Another wonderful Turkish guide, Gökhan. Check out the photos on my ARIELA, LLC FB page.
  • Another fascinating Odyssey Storytelling evening when I presented on the theme of “Passing,” Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. Check out their monthly programs of insightful personal stories, 1st Thursday of the month at The Screening Room, Tucson, AZ,
  • The 2014 Performances of “KALEIDOSCOPIC HELEN: A Dramatic Reading of Ancient Greek & Modern Poetry That Present the Many Faces of Ancient Helen,” Performed in English (mostly) by Bill Burnett and Bella Vivante, were a great success!
  • My 2014 lectures on “The True Story of Helen of Troy,” for The Learning Curve Food for Thought Lunch Series and Arizona Senior Academy were also smash hits that I look forward to more of.
  • CONTACT ME if you have an idea for readings or lectures or would like to make arrangements.
Cafe round mirror, Matera, Italy

Cafe round mirror, Matera, Italy