UGA Rome Program 2019

This is a tentative schedule. Some details are still being worked out. You will receive a final schedule prior to departure.

Please note that some adjustments are likely over the course of the program.  Professor Bianchelli or I will announce these changes as far in advance as possible. The Long Weekend dates and the Campania trip dates are fixed and will not change.

The following schedule provides the framework for our exploration of Rome and beyond. Readings, due dates, and other important information is provided on a separate Syllabus. Please consult both of these documents as appropriate.


Su 2                 Morning (AM): Arrival

                        Afternoon (PM): Neighborhood stroll and on-site program orientation

M 3                  AM: City Orientation

                                        The centro storico and the layers of Rome (San Clemente)

Tu 4                AM: Myth & History of Rome

                                        Foundation myths, geographical orientation, settlement and burial patterns for the early city

We 5               AM: A Walk through the Borghese Gardens and Visit to the Villa Giulia Museum

Th 6                EXCURSION: Etruscans

                                        Tarquinia and Cerveteri (all day)

F  7                  AM: Roman Republic

                                         Area Sacra Largo Argentina, Theater of Pompey, Tiber Island, Forum Boarium area

Saturday 8     

Sunday 9        

M 10               AM and early afternoon: Roman Republic

                                          Forum & Palatine

                                          Note: this will be a longer day than usual. Bring snacks!

T 11                AM: End of the Republic

                                           Palazzo Massimo Museum

W 12               AM: The Age of Augustus and the Pax Augusta

                                            Ara Pacis and Mausoleum of Augustus

                                            Palazzo Altemps Museum

Th 13              AM: Augustus and the Eternal City

                                            Theater of Marcellus, Porticus of Octavia;

                                            Trastevere and the Gianicolo (Il Tempietto, Aqua Paola and Parco Garibaldi)

F 14                AM: Julio-Claudian and Flavian Rome

                                            Tentative: Domus Aurea visit

Saturday 15    Weekend

Sunday 16       Weekend: Sunday night at 8pm, Mandatory meeting for ALL students in the Ercoli dining room—last minute details for our 

                                            Campania Trip which leaves early the following morning.

M 17                CAMPANIA EXCURSION: early morning departure from the Ercoli, 6:30 AM.

                                             The ancient remains of Pozzuoli and Cuma

                        Lunch on your own in Pozzuoli

Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

T 18                 CAMPANIA EXCURSION:

                        AM: Pompeii, early morning to mid-afternoon.

Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Villa dei Misteri, Pompeii

W 19                CAMPANIA EXCURSION:

                        AM: Herculaneum

Lunch at Herculaneum

                        PM: Naples Archaeological Museum

Drive to Paestum

Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Poseidonia Mare in Paestum

Th 20               CAMPANIA EXCURSION:

                        AM: Paestum Museum

                         Lunch in Paestum

                         PM: Archaeological Site (appr. 1:30-4:00)

Overnight (with dinner) at the Hotel Poseidonia Mare in Paestum

F 21                  CAMPANIA EXCURSION:

Early morning departure from Paestum

Mid-morning: Villas at Oplontis and Boscoreale

                         PM: Return by bus to Rome

                         (Lunch on the autostrada, arrival in Rome early evening)

Note: if you would like to spend the weekend on your own in the Bay of Naples area, you can decide to stay in the region rather than return with us on the bus to Rome. This is the same as a weekend trip on your own, so you will be responsible for all arrangements, costs, travel risks, etc.

Saturday 22    Weekend

Sunday 23       Weekend

M 24                AM: The Imperial Fora Museum and Markets of Trajan; the Column of Trajan

T 25                 AM: EXCURSION: Ostia (all day)

W 26                AM: Optional trip to view a Papal Audience (Bianchelli)

                        PM: The Capitoline: from Roman to Christian urban center

                        Column of Marcus Aurelius

                        Michaelangelo’s Campidoglio

                        Capitoline Museum

Th 27               AM: High Empire

                                              Hadrianic and Antonine Campus Martius

                        Pantheon, Mausoleum (Castel St. Angelo), Temple of the Deified Hadrian; San Ignazio

Friday 28        Day Off: Long weekend      

Saturday 29

Sunday 30


M 1                  AM: Severan Rome

                                              Monte Testaccio, Aventine, Baths of Caracalla

Tu 2                EXCURSION: Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli & Villa d’Este (all day)

We 3               AM: Vatican Museums

                        Independent site visit projects due by midnight via Dropbox

Th 4                AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome Baths of Diocletian; Santa Pudenziana; Arch of Constantine

F 5                  AM: Late Antique and Post Classical Rome

Quattro Fontane, Piazza Sta. Susanna; San Andrea; Campo Marzio: Piazza Navona, Piazza Imperatore, Stadium of Domitian, San Ivo, and Piazza del Popolo

Saturday 6     Make-up day: if we have fallen behind in our site visits, this day is reserved for finishing up our exploration of the city. Please do not make any travel plans until I have made the final announcement as to whether we will need to use this day as a class meeting.

Sunday 7

M 8      Exam

T 9       Exam

W 10   Exam

                       In the evening: final banquet at the Ercoli

Thursday July 11th: Official departure from the Ercoli/end of program

The departure time of the bus to the airport (FCO) is to be determined, but assume that it will be early (ca. 6:00am!) since most of the flights are trans-Atlantic and take off times tend to be well before noon.

Program Assignments and Expectations


The 9 credit hours that you can receive for completion of this program are based on UGA’s satisfaction that we offer the appropriate number of contact hours for three classes.  In order for you to fulfill the requirements of the program and earn these credit hours, you must be an active participant in the program.  It is expected that you will attend all lectures, on site and otherwise; that you will be engaged in asking questions and discussing the material when appropriate; that you will be present at any meetings called by the faculty; that you will complete all assignments by the

deadlines; that you will follow the instructions of the faculty and teaching assistant.  Your physical presence (i.e. attendance) is crucial to all of these expectations.

If you have legitimate health issues and need to miss class time, we will certainly work with you to make up that material and provide excused absences where necessary.

Excessive absences or absences for unexcused reasons cannot be tolerated.  In any case where extensive absences cause a serious disruption in the program or reduce the contact hours below acceptable standards, a student may be dismissed from the program. 

Participation and Collegiality

The success of the program depends greatly on everyone’s willingness to participate in all academic activities and abide by the schedule set for the site tours and lectures.  Even with the utmost planning, there will be times when our schedule has to shift due to unforeseen events such as transportation problems or worker’s strikes (although inconvenient, these are a normal part of a “real” Italian experience).  The faculty will do its best to minimize the impact that this has on our program, but we will inevitably have to make adjustments.  Your flexibility in these situations is not only appreciated, but necessary. 

It is also essential that you keep to the schedule once it is set: entrance into sites or departure on the chartered bus trips can only be done as a group.  Be respectful to your peers and to the faculty: be on time.  If we have to wait for you, our entire day could be affected.  Departure times for each day will be announced the day/evening before; it is your responsibility to know the time and be ready to depart as scheduled.  Be aware that if we get off to a late start, it will likely mean a later finishing time that day.  Sites and material will not be cut out to accommodate late departures.  If you ever have questions about the schedule, please do not hesitate to ask the faculty.

Behavior in all circumstances should be considerate and polite to each other, to the faculty and staff at the Ercoli, and to the Italians and tourists who will be sharing this experience with us.

Independent Fieldtrips: Due Wednesday, July 3rd  

Everyone must choose two of the following to visit:

Montemartini Museum

Domus Romane under Palazzo Valentini

Catacombs of San Sebastiano/Via Appia Antica

Mausoleum/Church of Santa Sabina

Maxxi Museum of Contemporary Art

The details for each of these assignments are available in our shared Dropbox in the folder “Site Visits.” After completing your independent exploration of the two sites, you will need to submit a written assignment based on the sites.  The assignment for each is relatively brief and will take the form of essays (500 words) or short answer responses to the sites/objects as outlined in the instructions for that particular site.

Question Sets:

Over the course of the program, I will post four sets of questions in Dropbox (this process will be most effective if everyone has a wifi enabled device such as a laptop, tablet, etc.; if this is a problem, come talk to me).  The questions will reflect the sites and material covered that week or the previous week and act as a mechanism to bring together or synthesize the information.  There will always be three or four questions per class.  These question sets will act as the review guides for the final exams, so use them to gauge how well you are taking notes, internalizing the readings, and so on. 

I will announce an afternoon or evening meeting each week to discuss any answers that you have concerns about. Otherwise, I will not collect or grade the questions. I do encourage you to form groups of two or three people to cover all of the questions so that you have prepared answers ready to study for the exams. This will take some of the stress out of the final exam process since the tests will be drawn directly from the study questions.

Voices from the Past Assignment

Primary sources are texts that were written by ancient Roman or Greek authors and help us to understand the material and cultural remains of classical antiquity. A history, a poem or satire, graffiti and inscriptions—whether official imperial inscriptions or those found on private tombs—can help us to contextualize what we see on the sites and museums of this program.

Each student will be assigned a brief reading from a primary source. This will usually be a page or less. For the Voices from the Past Assignment, you will be required to do the following:

  1. Give a “dramatic” reading of your literary or inscriptional passage on site. You do not have to be overly dramatic but you should be well practiced in the reading and use inflection in your voice: no story is interesting when presented in a monotone.
  2. Before your reading, give a brief introduction to your author and/or the text
  3. Following the reading, provide a brief explanation for why you think the passage is helpful in understanding some aspect of the site or topic under discussion.
  4. Turn in a well-written, thoughtful essay summarizing steps 2 and 3 above. This typed report should be between 300-500 words.

I will provide you with the passages by the end of April so you can do some basic research on the author/text before leaving for Rome. Your passage will include the projected date that you will deliver the site reading. I ask you not to share your passages with others beforehand: a little surprise is good for a performance! For this reason, passages will not be included on the syllabus/schedule. It will be your responsibility to be prepared on the day I have given you. 

Final Exams:

Each course will have a final exam.  The exams will be based on lecture material as well as sites visited.  The exams will be comprised of multiple choice, short answer and/or essay material.  Some questions will be tied to visual images of sculpture, architecture or other media. The question sets will act as your study guide for the exams.  For lectures following the last question set, I will provide a list of study questions to help you organize that material for the finals.

Grade Percentage Distribution:

Participation                                                             25%

Independent Fieldtrips                                             30%

Voices from the Past Assignment                           15%

Final Exams                                                             30%