Rome Program


UGA Rome Program 2016

Tentative schedule (01/03/16): Please note that the details of this schedule are likely to change. Some dates (the start and end of the program, the long weekend, and the Campania trip) are firm while others remain flexible.

Su 22  Morning (AM): Arrival

  Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll

M 23  AM: Orientation 

The centro storico and the layers of Rome (San Clemente)

Tu 24  AM: Myth & History of Rome 

   Foundation myths, geographical orientation, settlement and 

burial patterns for the early city

We 25  AM: A Walk through the Borghese Gardens and Visit to the 

Villa Giulia Museum

Th 26  EXCURSION: Etruscans

Tarquinia and Cerveteri (all day)

F  27  AM: Roman Republic

Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Tiber Island, Forum Boarium area 

Saturday 28 Weekend

Sunday 29 Weekend

Mo 30  AM: Roman Republic

Forum & Palatine, visit 1  

Tue 31  AM: End of the Republic

Palazzo Massimo Museum


Tue 31  AM: End of the Republic

Palazzo Massimo Museum


We 1 AM: The Age of Augustus and the Pax Augusta

Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus 

Palazzo Altemps Museum

Th 2  AM: Augustus and the Eternal City

   Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia;

  Trastevere (Sta. Cecilia and Sta. Maria in Trastevere) and the 

Gianicolo (Il Tempietto, Aqua Paola and Parco Garibaldi)

Festa della Republica: schedule adjustments may be necessary

PM: Visit to the Quirinal Palace

Friday 3  No classes: long weekend

Saturday 4  

Sunday 5 

M 6  Porta Maggiore, Tomb of Eurysaces and Aurelian Wall; possibly the 

  Underground Basilica if permesso is available.

Tu 7  AM: Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome

Forum Romanum and Palatine, visit 2, and Colosseum

We 8   AM: Trajan and the High Empire

The Imperial Fora Museum and Markets of Trajan; the Column 

of Trajan; a stroll along the Via dei Fori Imperiali

Th 9  AM: Hadrianic and Antonine Campus Martius

Pantheon, Mausoleum (Castel St. Angelo), Temple of the Deified Hadrian, Column of Marcus Aurelius; San Ignazio, Torre della scimmia

Fr 10    AM: The Capitoline from Roman to Christian urban center

Michaelangelo’s Campidoglio, Capitoline Museum

Saturday 11 Weekend

Sunday 12 Weekend

M 13 AM: Severan Rome

Arch of Severus, Arch of the Argentarii, and Baths of Caracalla;

  San Giorgio in Velabro, Sta. Sabina and the Piazza of the Knights of 


Tu 14  EXCURSION: Ostia (morning to early afternoon)

Tuesday 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.

We 15  CAMPANIA EXCURSION: early morning departure from the Ercoli. 

Chartered bus from Rome to Paestum, Greek colony and Roman city south of the Amalfi Coast; site and museum visit in the late morning and afternoon. 

Stop on the autostrada for a break en route; lunch at Paestum

Overnight (with dinner) at the Poseidonia Mare in Paestum


AM: Drive to to Pompeii

PM: Pompeii, archaeological site, mid to late afternoon.  

Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii


AM: Herculaneum  

PM: the Villas at Oplontis and Boscoreale. 

  Possible trip up Mt. Vesuvius (time & schedule permitting)

Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii


AM: visit to the National Archaeological Museum in Naples

PM: Return by bus to Rome (lunch break on the return)

Sunday 19

M 20 AM: Late Imperial Rome

Arch of Constantine; S. Giovanni in Laterano

Tu 21 EXCURSION: Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli & Villa d’Este (all day)

We 22 AM: Optional trip to view a Papal Audience (Bianchelli)

 Vatican Museum Project and Independent Site visit report due by this date at midnight.

Th 23  AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome

  Santa Pudenziana, Sta. Maria Maggiore, Baths of Diocletian/Church of 

  Sta. Maria degli Angeli e Martiri 

F 24  AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome 

Campo Marzio: Piazza Navona, Piazza Imperatore,

San Ivo, and Piazza del Popolo

Saturday 25  Weekend

Sunday 26 Weekend

M 27 CLAS 4305 and LATN 4405 Exam

Tu 28 CLAS 4400 Exam

We 29 CLAS 4350 Exam

 In the evening: final banquet at the Ercoli

Thursday June 30th: 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).  The faculty will do its best to minimize the impact that this has on our program, but we will inevitably have to make adjustments.  Your flexibility in these situations is not only appreciated, but necessary.

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 the faculty: 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 the faculty and staff at the Ercoli, 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 Question Sets:

Each week, I will post a set of questions in Dropbox or email them out (this process will be most effective if everyone has a wifi enabled device such as a laptop, tablet,

etc.; if this is a problem, come talk to me).  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 and act as a mechanism to bring together or synthesize the information.  There will always be three or four questions per class, but you will not be required to respond to all of them.  I will tell you in advance the number of questions that you need to answer & return.  These question sets will also act as the review guides for the final exams, so use them to gauge how well you are taking notes, internalizing the readings, and so on. 

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. The question sets should act as your study guide for the exams.

Grade Percentage Distribution:

Participation      30%

Independent Fieldtrips    20%

Weekly Synthesis Assignments   20%

Final Exams      30%