Caesar and Vergil in Italy: A Study Tour for Teachers

July 12 - July 23, 2015

Amy Leonard, MA, Tucker High School
Steven Tuck, PhD, Miami University

Do you want to travel in Italy?
Improve your classroom teaching?
Network with other great teachers?
Read the works of Caesar and Vergil at the sites
where they lived, wrote, and set their literature?

Themes and Itinerary

This study tour for new and experienced high school Latin teachers will illuminate the lives and works of Caesar and Vergil with a combination of stimulating pedagogy workshops and inspiring site visits. Morning sessions will include proven strategies and practices equipping teachers to develop successful Advanced Placement classrooms. The ideas and skills presented will enrich both beginning and advanced courses. Afternoon site and museum visits will explore the history, geography, politics, and culture of Caesar’s commentarii and Vergil’s Aeneid. Through informative and engaging lectures and readings from ancient writers, the site visits will offer creative insights into the common themes (e.g. leadership, religion, warfare, and Roman values) of our authors. All teachers will benefit from this content-rich but laid-back experience.

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 and more!

Directors: Amy Leonard, MA, Tucker High School, is an experienced AP reader, tour director, and winner of the CAMWS award for secondary teaching.
Steven Tuck, PhD, Miami University, has been awarded numerous undergraduate teaching awards, is an AP reader, and has directed fourteen study tours.

Feedback from previous participants:
“The combination of Steve’s penetrating surveys of the material and historical legacies of sites and Amy’s hands-on, practical-minded workshops in our class sessions provided the rare combination of an inspiring and useful experience that I cannot wait to apply in all my classes.”
“Our directors were incredibly informative and personable. I owe my amazing experience to them”
“This was an all around terrific experience. I got more out of it than I would have ever imagined.”
“Absolutely fabulous experience! I’ve learned so much on this trip … I will definitely recommend it.”

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Day 1:

PM: Defining and Building Rome: Evander and Caesar: Tiber, Temple of Hercules, Forum Boarium, Forum Holitorium, Lupercal, Theater of Marcellus, Capitoline Hill, Capitoline Museum
Themes: Roman Values; History and Memory

Day 2:

PM: The Campus Martius from Republic to Empire: Ara Pacis, Augustus' Mausoleum, obelisks, Pantheon, Baths of Agrippa, Palazzo Altemps Museum
Themes: War and Empire; Views of Non-Romans

Day 3:

Leadership in the Rome of Romulus, Caesar & Augustus:
AM: Forum Romanum & Palatine Hill
Themes: Leadership; History and Memory
PM: Imperial Fora focusing on the Forum of Caesar and the Forum of Augustus, Column of Trajan
Themes: Leadership; War and Empire

Day 4:

Aeneas' Landfall in Italy: Lavinium, the Tomb of Aeneas and associated sanctuary, Pomezia, Villa of Tiberius at Sperlonga
Departure from Rome and travel to our base for the remainder of the program, the Villa Vergiliana
Theme: History and Memory

Day 5:

PM: Vergil's Underworld: Lake Avernus, passageway to the underworld, Solfatara, the Yellowstone of southern Italy
Theme: Human Beings and the Gods

Day 6:

Pompeii, Humans and the Gods
Theme: Human Beings and the Gods

Day 7:

PM: Caesar, Vergil and Augustus in Naples: National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Tomb of Vergil
Themes: Literary Genre and Style; Roman Values

Day 8:

PM: Gender and Ethnicity in Coastal Campania: Baiae, site and museum, Misenum, beach stop
Themes: Roman Values; Views of Non-Romans
Day Nine

Day 9:

PM: The Sibyl: Cumae: Temple of Apollo, Grotto of the Sibyl
Themes: Human Beings and the Gods; Roman Values

Day 10:

Greek Settlements, Native inhabitants, Roman Colonies: Paestum
Themes: Views of Non-Romans; Roman Values

Day 11:

PM: Hercules and Vulcan: Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Villa of the Papyri
Themes: Human Beings and the Gods; Roman Values

Day 12:

Return to Rome

Price: $2,595

Includes all room and board, all transportation during the program, site and museum admissions, a packet with classroom materials, site plans, maps, readings and selections from ancient texts, and attendance certificate.