Latin Authors in Italy: A Study Tour for Teachers

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July 8 – 19, 2017

Amy Leonard, MA, Grady High School, award winning teacher, AP reader, and experienced tour director.
Steven Tuck, PhD, Miami University, winner of numerous undergraduate teaching awards, experienced tour director, AP reader, and lecturer for the Great Courses.

This tour is designed for high school teachers to provide experience reading Latin authors in situ and to explore pedagogical techniques while on the sites where Latin authors lived and wrote in Italy. Classroom sessions and thematically relevant site visits will illuminate the lives and works of authors commonly taught in advanced Latin classrooms including but not limited to the AP curriculum: Caesar, Vergil, Martial, Cicero, Pliny the Younger, Ovid, Catullus, Statius, and the Res Gestae. Authors will be drawn from the most commonly used Latin texts: Ecce Romani, Cambridge Latin Course, Latin for the New Millennium, as well as the poetry and prose authors recommended in the AP Latin curriculum guide. We anticipate that this broader design will appeal to all teachers of intermediate and advanced Latin courses.

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.”
“This was an all around terrific experience. I got more out of it than I would have ever imagined.”


July 8

AM: Classroom Session
PM: ROME: Campus Martius: Ara Pacis, Mausoleum, Pantheon, Capitoline Hill and Museums

July 9

AM:  ROME: Palatine, Circus Maximus (overlook), Forum Romanum, incl. Arch of Titus;
PM: Colosseum (exterior and interior), Imperial Fora, incl. Column of Trajan

July 10

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, the overseas Study Center of the Vergilian Society in Italy.

July 11

AM: Classroom Session at the Villa
PM: Hercules and Vulcan: Herculaneum, Vesuvius, Villa of the Papyri (?)

July 12

Pompeii, full day

July 13

AM: 8:30 - 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa: Presentation of Best Practices; Wrap-up session
PM: Naples: National Archaeological Museum, Naples: Tomb of Vergil

July 14

AM: Classroom Session at the Villa
Lunch at villa
PM: travel to Capri; late afternoon and evening free on Capri

July 15

AM: Morning on Capri: Villa Jovis
PM: afternoon free on Capri; return to Villa Vergiliana for dinner

July 16

AM: 8:30 - 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa
PM: Otium: Baiae, museum and site, Misenum

July 17

AM: Classroom Session at the Villa
PM: Avernus, Solfatara, del Sole winery visit

July 18

AM: 8:30 - 11:30 Classroom Session at the Villa
PM: The Sibyl: Cumae: Temple of Apollo, Grotto of the Sibyl
Themes: Human Beings and the Gods; Roman Values

July 19

Departure from the Villa Vergiliana and Return to Rome

Price: $2,795

The program includes all room and board, all transportation during the program, site and museum admissions, teaching materials and source book