Latin in Rome Last Week

Latin in Rome Last Week

ColosseoLatin in Rome went on a walking tour past the Arch of Constantine and the Colosseum on Tuesday, July 24 and ended their afternoon in San Clemente, where they saw the scavi. They had some time to explore on their own and grab a quick gelato before heading back to campus for a class on Gerunds and Gerundives.

The group had a long day in the city today visiting first Trajan’s Market and then the Capitoline Museums. At the Capitoline students saw the colossal statue of Constantine, the dying Gaul, La Lupa and the statue of Venus just to name a few. After walking all three museums the students had free time to eat lunch and go shopping before heading back to campus. Some grabbed Korean BBQ and others explored the Jewish ghetto and ate at a pizzeria where white pizza with zucchini flowers was a favorite. Back on campus the group prepared for a quiz and an evening class before watching Roman Holiday in the Capp Bar to end the evening.

Capitoline MuseumsToday the Latin students visited two of the best museums in Rome, the Palazzo Massimo and Museo Epigrafico. The Massimo has several floors of ancient Greco-Roman sculpture, including an entire floor dedicated solely to mosaics and frescoes - beautiful findings from Rome and its environs. The students saw many famous sculptures, many of which are Roman copies of Greek originals also objects from Nero's infamous ships that were found at Lago di Nemi, not far from campus. The epigraphic museum holds a stunning collection of early Latin inscriptions, and so the students had plenty of chances to test their Latin knowledge by translating actual writing on various materials such as stone, bronze and other metals. After returning to campus, we held our penultimate reading sessions of the Georgics outside, under the glowing gaze of a lunar eclipse, no less. 

Palazzo MassimoYesterday we visited the old, old town of Norba, a minimal yet attractive site of the ruins of an ancient hill town which overlooks the stunning Pontine marsh. It is the site of a town that destroyed itself in resistance to Sulla in the 1st century BC, which is mentioned in Livy. We then visited nearby Sermoneta, an utterly charming medieval town over which a castle still stands. The students had time to explore and eat on their own before returning to campus. 

Today was a big review day before the final tomorrow. Students, like Romans in the forum, crowded in the lobby in order to re-read texts with us, and they finished with a late-night review session with Dr. Sweet that went until 12:30 in the morning. The students also enjoyed a nice long dinner at the forno this evening. Tomorrow they take the final, and then visit Rome for the last time before their departure on Tuesday. It always goes by so quickly. 

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