Rome Program


UGA Rome Program 2015

Tentative schedule (3/18/2015)

Su 31              Morning (AM): Arrival
                        Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll

M 1                  AM: Orientation
The centro storico and the layers of Rome (San Clemente)

Tu 2                AM: Myth & History of Rome from the Circus Maximus area
Foundation myths, geographical orientation, settlement and burial patterns for the early city
Festa della Republica: schedule adjustments may be necessary

We 3               EXCURSION: Etruscans
Tarquinia and Cerveteri (all day)

Th 4                AM: Visit to the Villa Giulia Museum

F  5                  AM: Roman Republic
Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Tiber Island, Forum Boarium area

Saturday 6      Weekend
Sunday 7         Weekend

Mo 8               AM: Roman Republic
Forum & Palatine, visit 1 

Tue 9              AM: End of the Republic
Palazzo Massimo Museum

We 10             AM: The Age of Augustus and the Beginning of Empire
Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus
Palazzo Altemps Museum

Th 11              AM: Age of Augustus
Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia;
Trastevere (Sta. Cecilia and Sta. Maria in Trastevere) and the Gianicolo (Il Tempietto, Aqua Paola and Parco Garibaldi)

F 12                AM: Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome
Forum Romanum and Palatine, visit 2, and Colosseum

Saturday 13    Weekend
Sunday 14       Weekend: Sunday night at 8pm, Meeting for ALL students in the Ercoli dining room—last minute details for our Campania Trip which leaves early the following morning.

M 15               CAMPANIA EXCURSION: early morning departure from the Ercoli, Chartered bus from Rome to National Archaeological Museum in Naples (stop on the autostrada for a break en route).   In the afternoon, excursion to Herculaneum by chartered bus.
Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

Tu 16              CAMPANIA EXCURSION: Pompeii from early morning to mid afternoon.  Possible trip up Mt. Vesuvius (time & schedule permitting)
Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

We 17             CAMPANIA EXCURSION: all day bus trip to Paestum, Greek colony and Roman city south of the Amalfi Coast.
Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

Th 18              CAMPANIA EXCURSION: day trip to the island of Capri. 
Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

F 19                CAMPANIA EXCURSION: morning visit to the villas at Oplontis and Boscoreale
Return by bus Rome.

Saturday 20    Weekend
Sunday 21       Weekend

M 22               AM: Trajan and the High Empire
Column of Trajan, Imperial Fora and Imperial Fora Museum, Markets of Trajan

Tu 23              AM: Hadrianic and Antonine Campus Martius
Pantheon, Mausoleum (Castel St. Angelo), Temple of the Deified Hadrian, Column of Marcus Aurelius; San Ignazio


We 24             AM: The Capitoline Hill
Michaelangelo’s Campidoglio
Capitoline Museum

Th 25              EXCURSION: Ostia (all day)

Friday 26                   Day Off: Long weekend      
Saturday 27
Sunday 28

M 29               AM: Severan Rome
Arch of Severus, Arch of the Argentarii, and Baths of Caracalla
The Aventine (Sta Sabina, The Knights of Malta)

Tu 30              EXCURSION: Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli & Villa d’Este (all day)

We 1               AM: Optional trip to view a Papal Audience (Bianchelli)

PM: Late Imperial Rome
Arch of Constantine; Porta Maggiore, Tomb of Eurysaces, S. Giovanni in Laterano

Th 2                AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome
Baths of Diocletian/Church of Sta. Maria degli Angeli e Martiri, Santa Pudenziana, S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, S. Andrea della Pace

F 3                   AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome
Fontana di Trevi, Piazza di Spagna;
Campo Marzio, Piazza Navona, Piazza Imperatore

Saturday 4      Tentative: Excursion to the Parco dei mostri in Bomarzo
Sunday 5

M 6      Exam

Tu 7    Exam

We 8   Exam
In the evening: final banquet at the Ercoli

Thursday July 9th: Official departure from the Ercoli/end of program
The departure time of the bus to the airport (FCO) is to be determined, but assume that it will be early (ca. 6:00am!) since most of the flights are trans-Atlantic and take off times tend to be well before noon.

Participation and Collegiality:
The success of the program depends greatly on everyone’s willingness to participate in all academic activities and abide by the schedule set for the site tours and lectures.  Even with the utmost planning, there will be times when our schedule has to shift due to unforeseen events such as transportation problems or worker’s strikes (although inconvenient, these are a normal part of a “real” Italian experience).  I will do my best to minimize the impact that this has on our program, but I will inevitably have to make adjustments.  Your flexibility in these situations is not only appreciated, but required.

It is also essential that you keep to the schedule once it is set: entrance into sites or departure on the chartered bus trips can only be done as a group.  Be respectful to your peers and to me: be on time.  If we have to wait for you, our entire day could be affected.  If you ever have questions about the schedule, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Behavior in all circumstances should be considerate and polite to each other, to me, and to the Italians and tourists who will be sharing this experience with us.

Independent Fieldtrips:
Everyone must visit:
Vatican Museums

Everyone must choose one of the following to visit:
Montemartini Museum
Domus Romane under Palazzo Valentini
Catacombs of San Sebastiano/Via Appia Antica

After completing your independent exploration of the sites, you will need to submit a written assignment based on the sites.  Details of the assignment will be provided prior to departure for Rome: they will be relatively brief and will take the form of essays (500 words) or short answer responses to the sites/objects.

Weekly Synthesis Assignments:
Each week, I will post a question or set of questions in Dropbox or email them out (if you don’t bring a device that’s connected to the internet, no worries—hard copies can be made available).  Everyone will be required to respond by the following Monday evening.  The questions will reflect the sites and material covered that week or the previous week.  These question sets will also act as the review guides for the final exams.

Final Exams:
Each course will have a final exam.  The exams will be based on lecture material as well as sites visited.  The exams will be comprised of short answer and essay material.  Some questions will be tied to visual images of sculpture, architecture or other media.

Grade Percentage Distribution:
Participation                                                           30%
Independent Fieldtrips                                           20%
Weekly Synthesis Assignments                              20%
Final Exams                                                            30%