Calder Classics

Summer in Rome and the Bay of Naples: July 30 - August 6, 2017

Join us for this unique summer learning experience in Rome and the Bay of Naples region, designed for high school students with a passion for ancient history, literature, and archaeology.

Reading Classics in Translation & Discovering Ancient History in Italy

Calder Classics invites high school students to join us for a journey from Rome through the Bay of Naples region in the summer of 2017. The theme of this one-week classics program is Negotium Otiumque: The Ancient Romans at Work and Play. Ancient Roman history will come alive through the exploration of archaeological sites and museums in Rome, Sperlonga, Naples, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis, Capri, and Paestum. Knowledge of Latin is not required for this course. All works are read in English translation.

In this program Roman history, archaeology and scholarship merge fluently in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and interdisciplinary exchange. Our days consist of learning about the negotium, or work, of ancient Rome by investigating ancient forums and markets, discussing commerce and ancient Roman occupations, as well as shipping and ports. We also learn about otium, or leisure time, by exploring the emperors’ luxury villas, gardens and bath complexes, and recounting their elaborate dinner parties and public spectacles. We catch a glimpse into how the rest of the population filled their life with government-sponsored pasttimes such as games, spectacles and public baths. To complement our visits to these ancient sites, we will read and discuss excerpts in English from such ancient authors as Cicero, Horace, Ovid, Juvenal and Tacitus, who illuminate the ancient Roman experience of negotium and otium. The evenings feature Italy’s many leisure and culinary offerings.

The start date of this session is coordinated to permit students to attend earlier Calder Classics advanced Reading Latin courses in Florence and Rome.

Dive into Italy’s Art, Culture and History

Throughout the course, we engage with ancient Roman history and archaeological sites. Guided by a classical archaeologist specializing in Roman art and a historian of ancient Rome and early Christianity, we explore the negotium and otium of ancient Rome through cultural treasures in the Bay of Naples area. Our discussions focus on the historical context and broader ideas related to these sites as well as their connection to the readings.

Calder Classics Students Have Joined Us From…

Andover, Berkshire School, Brearley, Chapin, Charlotte Country Day School, Choate Rosemary Hall, Clark School, Collegiate, Columbia Prep, Dalton, The Dexter School, Dwight Englewood School, Exeter, Groton, Hackley, The Harker School, High School of RenMin University of China, Hotchkiss, Lawrenceville, Liberty High School, Manhattan Friends, Marymount, Middlesex, Milton Academy, Packer, Princeton High School,  Riverdale, Sage Hill, Sage Ridge, Saint Ann's, Saint Ignatius College Prep, Second High School Attached to Beijing Normal University, Spence, St. Joseph, Stuyvesant, Taft, Trinity, Veritas Preparatory Academy and Woodrow Wilson... Add your school to the list!


Crispin Corrado

Crispin Corrado

Rebekah Junkermeier

Rebekah Junkermeier


For the first two nights, we have exclusive use of a beautiful apartment in Rome located in the residential neighborhood of San Saba. San Saba is known for its quiet, tree-lined streets, its spacious apartments, and its proximity to the ancient sites. On one side is the elegant residential area of San Saba with its villas from the beginning of the 20th century, antique churches and gardens. On the other is the folkloric Testaccio quarter, noted for its many trattorias. Conveniently located near Porta San Paolo and the Piramide metro stop, the apartment is close to restaurants, alimentari, and many of the ancient sites we will visit, such as the Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, the Palatine and Aventine Hills, and the Colosseum.The apartment has a large balcony where students can read Latin or relax during their free time. Most of the rooms are doubles and there is one single. The accommodations feature air conditioning, Wi-Fi, a full modern kitchen, and washer/dryer.

Then we head down to the Bay of Naples to the Hotel La Badia, amidst orange and olive groves, 2 km from Piazza Tasso in the center of Sorrento.  Strategically located on the peninsula with the Gulf of Naples to the north, the Tyrrhenian Sea to the south, Pompeii towards the east and the idyllic island of Capri to the west, the Hotel La Badia offers stunning scenery and plenty of things to do.  The hotel features rooms with air conditioning, a terrace with spectacular views, a lush garden and an outdoor swimming pool.

Dates & Fees

July 30 to August 6, 2017

The $3,000 tuition includes accommodations, transportation within Italy, museum entries, instruction and course materials. Breakfast, plus either lunch or dinner, is also included. Depending on our daily schedules, students will be on their own for either a midday lunch break or an evening dinner break. Students are responsible for the cost of their own activities outside of the group. Airfare is not included.  


Students may travel with our chaperone on both legs of the journey, from New York City's JFK to Rome and back to JFK from Naples.


"Calder Classics gave me a unique opportunity to see the amazing ruins of ancient Rome guided by real experts and combined with excellent Latin instruction.  Seeing the Roman Forum, Temple of Victory, triumphal arches, and more made ancient Rome come alive for me and the other students.  I highly recommend this program." Thomas W., student

"Calder Classics was one of the best times of my life so far! Whether it be visiting ancient catacombs, just getting gelato with my friends from the trip in the Circus Maximus, or learning to read epigraphy with Collomia and Rebekah, every moment was a great time. I feel like it was an experience that has taught me how to put both Latin and history into a visual context, live a foreign country, and even how to be a better Latin student. I look back on these memories with fondness and I think that anyone with the opportunity to do a Calder Classics program should take it up in a heartbeat." -Charlie H., student

"Many thanks for an amazing and enjoyable educational summer program in Rome. My son learned so much about language, history and culture. He had a wonderful time!" -Shelly H., parent

"The Calder Classics Rome Program was the highlight of my summer vacation. I deepened my understanding of fundamental Latin concepts as well as more complex aspects of the language, gained an abundance of knowledge about Ancient Roman culture, and formed friendships and made memories that I will cherish forever. I cannot thank the Calder Classics Rome Program enough for my truly singular and incredibly memorable experience." -Frances D.

"When we were looking for a summer Latin study program for our son we were lucky to find Calder Classic's Rome program. It offers lots of individual attention, small class size, excellent teachers, and history lessons to go along with sightseeing in Rome. What a great first visit to Rome. The staff, from our first inquiry into the program to arrival back in the United States, was always very helpful. Thanks Calder Classics!" -Ginny S., parent

Photos from Previous Trips

Reservation Form

Once you submit this Reservation Form, you will receive an email with a link to our full Application Form. After we receive a completed Application Form, a Calder Classics representative may be in touch with the applicant if further information is required to determine whether the program is suitable for the student’s level and experience. Students will be notified about their acceptance status upon assessment of the Application Form and the receipt of a required teacher recommendation. Reserved spots may be held for 10 days prior to receipt of the completed Application Form.

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