2020 Vergilian Society Study Tours and Workshops

Monument lists are subject to change based on closings for restoration and other factors outside our control.  Every attempt is made to see that we visit as many of the sites listed as possible.

Roman Switzerland
Director: Beverly Berg
July 1 – 11, 2020

The Roman ruins of Switzerland are full of interest and excellently presented. Four major sites offer multiple remains spread over extensive ancient urban areas, giving an informative picture of civilian and military life. Forum Claudii, the principal town of the little province of Alpes Poeninae, sits at the foot of Mount Blanc, while Aventicum was the capital city of the Helvetii. Augusta Raurica was founded near the Rhine for veterans of Caesar’s Gallic wars, and Vindonissa was a legionary fortress and military town. In addition we explore archaeological remains at Kaiseraugst, Nyon, and Vidy-Lausanne. Travel will be by the excellent Swiss train system and distances are short. The Alpine and Rhineland scenery is an added attraction. Cost: $2,495, single supplement $400. Cost includes hotels, breakfasts, three lunches or dinners, all entry fees, and all ground transportation except transfers at beginning at end of trip between airport and hotel.

Roman Otium on the Bay of Naples: A Study Tour for Teachers
Directors: Keely Lake & Jennifer Sheridan Moss, Wayne State University
July 1 – 12, 2020

This study tour, designed for K-12 teachers but open to all, will explore the connections between the surviving literary and archaeological evidence concerning otium in an area that the Romans themselves considered a leisure paradise, the Bay of Naples.The program will expand teachers’ knowledge of Roman culture in a way that will enhance their instruction. Readings will come from primarily Silver Age authors, exposure to which will expand the canon from which teachers can draw lessons for their students. Teachers of all pedagogical approaches (G/T, CI, oral Latin) are welcome, as we hope to emphasize the setting and the literature and ask the teachers to consider ways to fit it into their existing curriculum and pedagogies. Cost: $2795, which includes room and board, site and museum admissions, and ground transportation.

Drawing and Watercolor in the Italian Landscape
Director: Jenn Wiggs, Stephens College
July 12 – 18, 2020

The flexibility of a sketchbook allows for drawing as a way of capturing the beauty of this southern Italy area. We will use a variety of drawing tools in combination with watercolor. Ink and watercolor are a great pair for plein air experiences. Part of each day will include presentations, live demos, helpful tips and methods for drawing what you see and how to handle the tricky aspects of watercolor. There will be plenty of time for sharing and discussing art. Meals are provided, and a detailed supply list will help you select what to bring. We will travel by chartered bus to local sites to draw/paint every day, including the National Archaeological Museum at the Castello di Baia, and Lake Avernus, which are near the Villa. Cost: $1750, which includes all room and board, site and museum admissions, and ground transportation.

Greeks and Romans on the Bay of Naples
Director: Steven Tuck, Miami University
July 12 – 23, 2020

In this study tour we explore the ancient lands along the Bay of Naples, a crossroads in ancient Italy and the Mediterranean. Many ancient cultures including the Etruscans, Samnites, Lucanians, but primarily the Greeks and Romans, came together in this area. In our explorations across the Bay of Naples we will move between Roman villas and Greek cities, Etruscan temples and Oscan houses, and see the full range of ancient cultures that created the dynamic life in this fascinating region. Sites visited will include Capri, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Naples, Puteoli, Capua, Cumae, Sperlonga, Stabiae, Liternum, Paestum, and many others. Cost: $2795, which includes room and board, site and museum admissions, and ground transportation during the tour.

Malta
Director: Raymond Capra, Queens College, The City University of New York
December 27, 2020 – January 6, 2021

Malta, the epicenter of the Mediterranean. This New Year’s tour will afford the opportunity to visit all the Stone Age temples of both Malta and Gozo, the northern island, as well as see the island nation’s subsequent history: The small, rocky island has a long and interesting history, even before the advent of human beings: the Għar Dalam cave contains deposits of dwarf elephant and hippopotamus bones from 10,000 years ago. The megalithic temples are contemporaneous with the Egyptian Pyramids. Subsequently the islands were held by the Phoenicians and Carthaginians, Romans, Greeks, Arabs, Normans, Aragonese, Knights of St. John, French, and British The later periods of Maltese history are represented through Phoenician graves, a 1st century BCE Domus Romana near the city of Mdina/Rabat as well as Renaissance and Baroque churches and art commissioned by the Knights of Malta. The tour of Malta will provide sights unlike those from the rest of Mediterranean Europe. Cost for the tour is $2975, which includes hotel stay, daily breakfast and lunches, three dinners, bus and ferry travel within Malta.