2022 VS Tours and Workshops

Malta
Director: Raymond Capra (Queens College, The City University of New York)
December 27, 2021 – January 6, 2022

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.

Portugal
Director: Raymond Capra (Queens College, The City University of New York)
June 17 – 30, 2022

This tour will explore the edge of the Ocean, the end of the world in Classical thought. Portugal in antiquity was a mixture of native Iberians, successive waves of Iron Age Gallic immigrants, Phoenician traders, Carthaginian and Roman troops. The historical imprint and interrelationships of these cultures will be explored on this tour. The extensive coastline of Portugal forged a maritime people with a far-ranging vision. Highlights include the Roman ruins of Italica near Sevilla and the equally impressive ruins of Conímbriga near Coimbra. The long and complex history of this country spans into the medieval and colonial periods as well. Cost for the tour is $2500, which includes hotel stay, daily breakfast and lunches, and two dinners.

Terrae Fabulosae – Adventures in Tattle-Telling Landscapes
Directors: Gina Soter (University of Michigan) and Karla Herndon (Independent Scholar)
June 19 – 30, 2022

The land tells the story. In this tour we will voyage to stunning, odd, and terrifying landscapes that, throughout the ages, have spoken provocatively to the artist in every one of us. Taking Vergil and Ovid as our guides, we will explore landscapes bucolic and epic and meet the mythical characters that inhabit them. We begin in Sicily, an alluring land that has attracted an unbroken series of foreign powers seeking to tame it. Parthenope, or Naples, will be our second port of call. See itinerary for specific destinations on our journey. Open to all who are Latin Poetry curious. Cost for the tour is $2900. Single supplement: $400. Cost includes hotel stays, bus and ferry travel within and between Sicily and Naples, all entry fees, daily breakfasts, 7 dinners. An optional, 2-day, no-host extension to Rome is offered.

Romania
Director: Beverly Berg
June 29 – July 12 or July 14, 2022

Conquered by Trajan, the province of Dacia was so intensely transformed by Rome that Romanians to this day speak a Latin-derived language. Our visits include the remains of two ancient Greek settlements on the Black Sea, three cities founded under the auspices of Trajan, two Roman legionary fortress towns, the cult center of Decebalus, Trajan’s opponent, two of Romania’s most picturesque towns, and two romantic castles. Two of our days will be spent across the Danube in Bulgaria, and there is an extra two day option in Budapest, recommended for all except those who have previously visited Budapest.  Cost for the tour is $2695 (13-day version) or $2895 (15-day version). Single supplement: $400. Cost includes hotels, transportation on program, breakfasts, lunches, and 2 dinners.

Authentic Texts and Roman Contexts for Latin Teachers (K-12), Villa Vergiliana
Director: Kathryn McDonnell, PhD (Pine Crest School)
July 1 – 13, 2022

This summer workshop and study tour is aimed primarily at K-12 Latin teachers.  We will use inscriptions, artifacts, and monuments in museums and archaeological sites around the Bay of Naples and Rome to examine the ways in which texts are integral to Roman material culture.  A key goal of the seminar is to empower Latin teachers at all levels (especially high school teachers) to use authentic texts and their archaeological and cultural contexts in the classroom.  Cost for the tour is $2828. Single supplement: $175.50.

Diversifying the Latin Classroom
Director: Ian Lockey, PhD (Friends Select School)
July 18 – 29, 2022

Given the strength of the current movement to diversify the field of Classics, this is a tour for teachers to discuss various approaches that can help to make a Latin classroom more inclusive. This year, the Classics program at Friends Select School has transitioned to include a focus on diversity and social justice, with a strong focus on finding connections and contrasts between the ancient and modern worlds. Upper level courses are now taught by topic area rather than author and this year cover Roman women, imperialism, and disenfranchisement and the downfall of the Roman Republic. The plan would be to offer resources and class plans, as well as to have conversations together as a group about what people are currently doing and to generate ideas for what we could all do. 

Note: 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.