Città Aperta, La Dolce Vita, The Great Beauty, Rome is all of that and more. It’s a millennial nexus of beauty, art, culture, decadence, upheavals, politics, history, creativity and cuisine. And it is where you should be this summer. Our summer study abroad program in Rome is an collaborative journey from Rome’s very beginnings to today’s Great Beauty, where you can’t help but become part of the Eternal City and the Eternal City becomes part of you.
History and Art History: From the epic stories of Ancient Rome to the Renaissance’s cultural innovation, Layer of Rome 1 concentrates on the literal movers and shakers of Rome, learning about what really makes Rome eternal. Student also go behind the scenes with heritage experts and scholars to examine on going conservation work.
Media Studies: Pen and pencil, smart phone, tablet and video camera, students take a peek through the lens of mass communication and put their own spin on storytelling using interactive media platforms with the Eternal City as the backdrop. Layer of Rome 2 focuses on creating original content for e-portofolios via photography, video and journalism.
Rome is the classoom– its timeless architecture and rich cultural heritage provide our students with an interactive learning areas. Our Layers of Rome programs are dynamic experiences with unparalleled access to heritage sites. Our professors guide you daily through Rome’s baroque churches, Renaissance palazzi, and labyrinthine alleys and plunge into the present of modern architecture, contemporary art, ditigal media and spectacular politics. All programs are accredited by Fresno State, Division of Continuing and Global Education.
Holy harpies and hydras! Gorgons, galore! Centaurs, satyrs and sphinx, oh my! We took a spin through Monsters at Palazzo Massimoand were mesmerized. Here are some of our favorite monsters, in no order of preference. Through June 1. Continue reading…
This year is a big Augustus anniversary; 2000 years since the death of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. Born Gaius Octavius, he was the great-nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar. After Caesar’s death in 44BC, when Octavian was nineteen, his rise to power saw him eventually acclaimed Emperor by the Senate with the title “Augustus” in 27BC. Behind the creation of the first Emperor was a manipulation of legend, religion, and geography to put any spin doctor to shame.
For example, Virgil’s “Aeneid”, an epic poem describing the tribulations of Aeneas, son of the goddess Venus and claimed by Octavian as his ancestor, was written for Augustus; it was for him that Titus Livy wrote his “History of Rome”, providing the back-story to the “Golden Age” of Augustus.
It’s time for you to get a little sun and Rome always has plenty to share. Come and join us in Rome this summer, for our 2014 Field School, an on site, interactive archaeological excavation of Ostia Antica. From June 9 through July 20, our six-week program is knee deep in ancient history as we head to the trenches of the Empire’s harbor city.
On the streets. . . . If you come to study in Rome, you need to live it Continue reading…
Ever since our successful Kickstarter campaign Digging History, we’ve been getting around. We’ve clocked in 100 hours of on-location filming in Rome, its museums and archaeological sites, and 150 hours behind the screen editing our ten-part original series Digging History, an investigation into the Eternal City that starts from its very beginnings.
Episodes 1 through 5 are viewable on our website Romanculture and our Youtube channel WeDigRome. The first episode introduces the series and then subsequently jumps head first into an exploration of Rome, covering sources, geology, size/population, and layering through the next four episodes. Keep your eyes out for Dig Deeper, a section that accompanies each episode and examines themes in greater detail. And also Discuss, an interactive social conversation where viewers can leave comments and keep talking Digging History. Shortly, we will upload the second half of the series, Episodes 6-10, which will explore the history of Rome by periods as well as special topics such as disasters, architecture, and engineering.
My season with the AIRC went by like a whirlwind, however, that was not the only exciting project I was lucky to be a part of this summer. After barely noticing three days had passed upon coming home (due to a potent case of jet-lag) I was on a plane heading from Minneapolis to Chicago. My next adventure was to take place at the Oriental Institute on the University of Chicago campus as an intern for the Persepolis Fortification Archives. Continue reading…
As we seek relief from Rome’s sweltering triple-digit (F) temperatures, it’s a good time to look back at six weeks of fun, hard work, and intensive learning. Here are a few things that struck me, in my capacity as Project Coordinator, about the experience.
Low injury rate. During the course of a typical season we see a handful of cuts or scrapes that require on-site medical attention, as well as a lot of first-week blisters that exhaust the supply of band-aids in no time. This year we had only one cut, thankfully, and not even one band-aid was used.