Rome Program


UGA Rome Program 2014

Tentative schedule (23/04/2014)

Mon 26           Morning (AM): Arrival
                      Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll

Tues 27          AM: Orientation                       
                      The centro storico and the layers of Rome (San Clemente)

Wed 28         AM: Myth & History of Rome from the Circus Maximus area
                     Foundation myths, geographical orientation, settlement and burial patterns for the early city

Thursday 29  EXCURSION: Etruscans
                     Tarquinia and Cerveteri (all day)

Friday 30       AM: Visit to the Villa Giulia Museum

Saturday 31    Weekend

Sunday 1         Weekend

M 2                  AM: Roman Republic
                      Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Tiber Island, Forum Boarium area
                      Festa della Republica: schedule adjustments may be necessary

Tu 3                AM: Roman Republic
                      Forum & Palatine, visit 1

We 4               AM: End of the Republic
                      Fora of Julius Caesar and Augustus, Museo Nazionale Palazzo

Th 5                AM: The Age of Augustus and the Beginning of Empire
                      Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus
                      Palazzo Altemps Museum

F 6                   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)

Saturday 7      Weekend
Sunday 8         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 9                  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 and Oplontis (Boscoreale if time permits) by chartered bus. Overnight at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

Tu 10              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

We 11                         CAMPANIA EXCURSION: Pompeii from early morning to mid afternoon.  Return by bus Rome.

Th 12              Note unusual schedule:
                      AM: morning off to sleep in and recuperate from Campania, but we will go out in the afternoon (leave the Ercoli at 1pm)
                      PM: Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome Forum Romanum and Palatine, visit 2, and Colosseum

F 13                AM: Trajan and the High Empire
                      Column of Trajan, Imperial Fora and Imperial Fora Museum,
                      Markets of Trajan

Saturday 14    Weekend
Sunday 15       Weekend

M 16               AM: Hadrian’s Rome
                      Temple of Venus & Roma, Pantheon, Mausoleum (Castel St. Angelo)

Tu 17              EXCURSION: Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli & Villa d’Este (all day)

We 18             AM: Antonine Rome
                      Temple of the Deified Hadrian, Column of Marcus Aurelius& Capitoline Museum

Th 19              EXCURSION: Ostia (all day)

Friday 20                   Day Off: Long weekend      
Saturday 21
Sunday 22

M 23               AM: Severan Rome
                      Arch of Severus, Arch of the Argentarii, and Baths of Caracalla
                      The Aventine (Sta Sabina, The Knights of Malta)

Tu 24             AM: Late Imperial Rome
                      Baths of Diocletian/Church of Sta. Maria degli Angeli e Martiri, Arch of Gallienus, Arch of Constantine

We 25           AM: Optional trip to view a Papal Audience (Bianchelli)

                      PM: Late Imperial Rome
                      SS Cosmas & Damiano, or Domus Romane under Palazzo Valentini (schedule to be determined)

Th 26              AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome
                      Aqua Virgo, Baths of Agrippa, Fontana di Trevi,
                      Campo Marzio, Piazza Navona, Piazza del Popolo

F 27                AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome
                      Porta Maggiore, Tomb of Eurysaces, S. Giovanni in Laterano, S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, S. Andrea della Pace, Piazza di Spagna

Saturday 28    AM: Museo della Civiltá Romana, EUR
Sunday 29

M 30   Exam

Tu 1    Exam

We 2   Exam
                      In the evening: final banquet at the Ercoli

Thursday July 3rd: 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
Santa Costanza
Catacombs of San Callisto

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 (500-700 words) or short answer responses to the sites/objects.

Weekly Synthesis Assignments:
Each week, I will post a question or set of questions on Blackboard.  Everyone will be required to respond online by the following Monday evening.  The questions will reflect the sites and material covered that week or the previous week.

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%