The Italy of Caesar and Vergil: A Workshop for Teachers


 July 22-August 2, 2014

Workshop Instructors:
Anne Haeckl, Kalamazoo College
Keely Lake, Wayland Academy

This workshop for high school Latin teachers will combine classroom sessions in successful pedagogical practices with thematically relevant site visits that illuminate the lives and works of Caesar and Vergil. Morning study sessions will provide ideas and skills to enrich both beginning and advanced courses, and, although the focus will be on the readings and abilities required by the Advanced Placement syllabus, teachers of IB and Concurrent Enrollment courses will find much of value as well. Afternoon site and museum visits will contextualize the writings of these authors, elucidating the common themes of Caesar’s commentarii and Vergil’s Aeneid. Through thoughtfully constructed lectures and readings from ancient writers, teachers will acquire interpretive insights and instructional strategies for teaching these essential authors. Sites include: Rome (Forum, Palatine, Campus Martius), Temple of Apollo and Atrium of the Sibyl at Cumae, Lake Avernus, Tomb of Vergil, Sperlonga, Pompeii, Lavinium, and Herculaneum.

Itinerary of Site Visits and Classroom Sessions

July 22 Tuesday – Rome

AM: 8:30 – 11:30 Classroom Session: Introductions; Overview of Workshop; Overview of AP Course Requirements and how they aid in shaping Latin instruction from level 1; available resources
PM: Rome in Myth and History, Evander to the Caesars: Tiber and Tiber Island, Temple of Hercules, Forum Boarium, Forum Holitorium, Lupercal, Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia, Capitoline Hill, Capitoline Museum

July 23 Wednesday – Rome

AM: 8:30 – 11:30 Classroom Session: Practice “chunking” and grading translation passages
PM: The Campus Martius from Republic to Empire: Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Ara Pacis, Augustus’ Mausoleum, obelisks, Pantheon, Baths of Agrippa, Palazzo Altemps

July 24 Thursday – Rome

Leadership in the Rome of Romulus, Caesar & Augustus
AM: Forum Romanum & Palatine Hill
PM: Imperial Fora focusing on the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Augustus, Column of Trajan, Palazzo Massimo (then time for optional self-guided tour of the Colosseum)

July 25 Friday

Departure from Rome and travel to our base for the remainder of the program, The Harry Wilks Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana, the overseas Study Center of the Vergilian Society in Italy. Aeneas’ Landfall in Italy: Lavinium: the Tomb of Aeneas and associated sanctuary, Pomezia, Villa of Tiberius at Sperlonga

July 26 Saturday

AM: 8:30 – 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa: Writing multiple choice questions
PM: Vergil’s Underworld: Lake Avernus, passageway to the underworld, Solfatara, temple of Serapis in Puteoli

July 27 Sunday

Pompeii: Living and Dying in a Roman Town

July 28 Monday

AM: 8:30 – 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa: Discussion of strategies and techniques for writing & grading essay questions
PM: Caesar, Vergil and Augustus in Naples: National Archaeological Museum, Naples, and the “Tomb of Vergil”

July 29 Tuesday

AM: 8:30 – 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa: Practice writing “spot” questions
PM: Leisure and Luxury in Coastal Campania: Baiae, Castello di Baiae museum, Misenum, beach stop

July 30 Wednesday

Hercules and Vulcan:  Boscoreale, Villa of Oplontis, Herculaneum

July 31 Thursday

Greek Settlements, Native inhabitants, Roman Colonies: Paestum

August 1 Friday

AM: 8:30 – 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa: Presentation of Best Practices
PM: Cumae: Villa at Pausilypon, Grotto of the Sibyl, Temple of Apollo, and the Acropolis of ancient Cumae

August 2 Saturday

Departure from The Harry Wilks Study Center at the Villa Vergiliana and Return to Rome

Includes 11 nights accommodation, all meals, ground transportation during the tour, and all fees for group visits to sites and museums.

Price: $2,595