Calder Classics

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Summer in Rome: July 18-30, 2017

Join us for this unique summer learning experience in Rome, Italy, designed for high school students with a passion for Latin literature and an interest in ancient history.

Reading Latin & Discovering Ancient History in Italy

Calder Classics invites students entering 9th through 12th grades  to join us in Rome in the summer of 2017. Over the course of a two-week program, the Classics come alive through the study of Latin, exploration of ancient sites and immersion in daily Italian life. 

We spend the weeks together in a beautiful apartment in the San Saba neighborhood. Language, art and scholarship merge fluently in an atmosphere of intellectual freedom and interdisciplinary exchange. Our days consist of reviewing Latin grammar and reading the great authors of Latin literature, exploring the historical and cultural treasures of Rome, and taking trips to the archaeological ruins of Ostia or other nearby places of interest. The evenings feature Italy’s many leisure and culinary offerings.

There is one free day scheduled per week when students may choose to experience Rome on their own (with advance parental permission), or rest at the apartment.

The end date of this course is coordinated to permit students to optionally continue on with Ancient Roman History in the Bay of Naples, or these courses in Thessaloniki:  Introduction to Ancient GreekReading Ancient GreekCreative WritingExploration of Ancient Greek Mythology

Master Latin

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Each day, students and their mentors read, translate and discuss Latin literature in an interactive “salon” style environment. Our Latin readings will include such influential Roman authors as Cicero, Livy, Vergil, Ovid and Tacitus. We cover material likely to be found on the Latin AP and SAT II. Given that participants join us from a variety of schools, we begin with a brief review of Latin grammar. We then analyze the texts from both a grammatical and literary perspective, engaging in such topics as the significance of rhetorical devices, meter and intertextuality. At least one school year of reading original (or slightly adapted) Latin texts is required.

Dive into Italy’s Art, Culture and History

Throughout the course, we engage with ancient art that is related thematically to, or directly inspired by, the literature we have read. Guided by a classical archeologist specializing in Roman art, we explore the historical and cultural treasures of Rome, including the Forum Romanum, Palatine and Capitoline Hills, Circus Maximus, Pantheon, Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica.  Our discussions focus on the historical context and broader themes of these sites as well as their connection to the core curriculum.

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, Portsmouth Abbey, 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!

Staff

Sarah Grover

Sarah Grover

Becky Goodman

Becky Goodman

Crispin Corrado

Crispin Corrado


Accommodations

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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.

Dates & Fees

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Session 1: July 18 to July 30, 2017


The $5,000 tuition includes accommodations, transportation within Italy, museum entries, instruction and course materials (certain additional books may need to be purchased). Breakfast, plus either lunch or dinner, are 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.

Transportation

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

Testimonials

"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

"I had a truly amazing experience in Rome, Italy. Calder Classics improved not only my Latin but also my knowledge and curiosity of the classics. I'll never forget the two weeks in Rome." -Julia S., student

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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