Summer in Rome: July 18-30, 2020
A unique summer learning experience in Rome, Italy designed for high school students to advance their expertise in reading Latin. Here, in the urbs aeterna, we make the Classics come alive through the interplay of literature, ancient history and travel.
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 2019. 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 Pompeii, 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.
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 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 our resident classical archeologist specialized in Roman wall painting, sculpture, and architecture, 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.
We have exclusive use of a beautiful apartment in Rome located in the neighborhood of Testaccio, a quarter noted for its many trattorias. Conveniently located at the foot of Aventino hill, we are in one of the most traditional and characteristic areas of Rome, within walking distance to Trastevere and close to restaurants, alimentari, and many of the ancient sites we will visit. Most of the rooms are doubles and there is one triple. The accommodations feature air conditioning, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, and washer. The bright open space features a living/dining area with large windows. The full kitchen and cooking facilities allow the group to prepare family-style meals together with produce from the nearby Mercato Testaccio.
Dates & Fees
Session 1: July 18 to July 30, 2020
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.
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.
"Thank you so much for organizing an amazing trip to Italy! Our son returned on Monday and told us that he really loved everything about it. He enjoyed everything he saw and thought that Crispin was awesome. The trip definitely solidified his interest in Classics!” Caroline S., parent
“The trip was absolutely amazing. We went all around Rome visiting everything from the Pantheon to Nero’s mansion to the Forum to the Circus Maximus... We also went to visit Ostia and Pompeii and Pompeii was absolutely amazing. I definitely would say that was the highlight of my trip. I’m so grateful (…) to the program for such an opportunity because it definitely changed my life and perspective of languages. I’m( ..) now really interested in studying Italian as well as continuing my Latin. Araba A., student
"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
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