You have been accepted to participate in Caesar in Gaul, a summer program organized by the Paideia Institute in the south of France for AP Latin teachers and other lovers of Julius Caesar. We are very much looking forward to helping you deepen your knowledge of Caesar and Gallo-Roman culture and spending some time getting to know you in France this summer.
Practical Information for Your Time in France
Arrival and Departure
Participants are expected to arrive in Paris on July 20 between 8am and 2pm and depart from Paris any time on August 3. Upon arrival take the metro to the Hotel Jules César (no kidding!) located at 52, avenue Ledru-Rollin 75012 Paris Paris (RER A to Gare de Lyon). A Paideia staff member will be waiting in the lobby for registration. There will be a walking tour of Roman sites in Paris' Latin quarter at 3pm on arrival day.
The Institute will travel as a group by high speed train from Paris to Aix-en-Provence on July 21. This ticket is included in the cost of the course. Participants who need to arrive after this date must arrange their own transportation to Aix.
Housing, Classroom and Meals
Participants will be housed in hotels during the program. All accommodation is equipped with wireless internet.
The normal program price is for a bedroom shared with another program participant of the same sex. Single bedrooms or rooms shared with a spouse or other non-participant are available for a supplement of approximately $1450. If you are interested in any of these arrangements, please email us at [email protected] by the deposit deadline.
Breakfast daily as well as four group dinners are included in the program price. Other meals must be taken in cafes or restaurants or prepared in your hotel room. Please budget accordingly.
- The program’s curriculum consists of lectures, seminars, and site visits.
- Lectures will consist of a 30-45 minute presentation by Professor Grillo or Krebs followed by time for questions and discussion.
- Seminars will involve close reading and discussion of selections of the Gallic Wars in Latin. Suggested secondary readings will be assigned in advance.
- Approximately twice a week, the program will visit a Roman site and museum in Provence, Lyon, and elsewhere in Roman France.
- A more detailed schedule and a reading list as well as PDFs of all course readings will be provided before the start of the course, though no readings in advance of the course are required.
What To Pack
- Good walking shoes for sites and museums
- A camera
- A swimsuit and a towel
- A laptop or notebook for taking notes during lectures and seminars
Texts and Guide Books
All participants should read all of Caesar’s Gallic Wars in English translation before the start of the program. If time permits, participants should also read books 1, 5, 7, and the selections on the AP syllabus in Latin. All participants should bring with them to France at least one of the following Latin editions of Caesar’s Bellum Gallicum:
- R. Du Pontet, C. Iuli Caesaris Commentariorum Libri VII De Bello Gallico cum A. Hirti Supplemento (Oxford: OUP, 1900). Buy it from OUP here.
- W. Hering, Commentarii Rerum Gestarum, vol. I: Bellum Gallicum (Lepizig: B.G. Teubner, 1987). Buy it on Amazon here.
Participants will receive selections from K. Welch, Julius Caesar as Artful Reporter: The War Commentaries as Political Instruments (Wales: Wales Classical Press, 1998). If you'd like to purchase the book, it is available on Amazon here.
In addition, the following studies and guidebooks may be helpful (but are not required) for getting the most out of your reading of Caesar and your visit to southern France:
- The Blue Guide to Provence by Paul Stirton
- Roman Provence: A History and Guide by Edwin B. Mullins
- The Roman Remains of Southern France by James Bromwich
- Caesar: Life of a Colossus by Adrian Goldworthy
Academic Credit and CEU's
Academic graduate credit is available for Caesar in Gaul on an optional basis through Hunter College. Participants taking Caesar in Gaul for credit must enroll as non-degree graduate students at Hunter College, take a final exam and pay a slightly increased tuition to cover Hunter College graduate tuition and fees. The total cost of program participation for non-residents of New York State seeking Hunter College credit is $4640. The total cost for New York residents is $3515.
All participants seeking credit should have indicated this on their application. The Paideia Institute will support participants through the Hunter College application and enrollment process.
The Paideia Institute is a certified provider of Continuing Education Units (CEU's). Participants wishing to take the course for CEU credit must submit a page-long reflection on the course and a lesson plan on a selection of the Bellum Gallicum incorporating topics explored during the course within two weeks of the course's conclusion.
Staying in Touch
Cell Phones: Since participants are together for the duration of the course, purchasing a French cell phone is usually unnecessary. If you would like to purchase a French cell phone or SIM card, Paideia Institute staff can help you do so upon arrival in Aix.
Internet: All housing providers will have wireless internet.
If you're interested in reaching out to course participants before or during the program, please join our Facebook group.
Health, Well-Being and Insurance
Medical care in France is first rate and should the need arise, the Paideia Institute can reach trained physicians 24 hours a day for the duration of the trip. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in France.
A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard. For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.
If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There are well-stocked pharmacies in all the cities the program will visit, but not all drugs are readily accessible without a prescription and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.
If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with the program organizers, so that in the event of a medical issue they can most quickly and efficaciously arrange your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Insurance and Cancellation Policy
The following cancellation policy applies to the Caesar in Gaul program:
- Once paid, the $500 deposit is non-refundable.
- If a participant must withdraw from the course after the balance has been paid, they may be refunded one-half of the total amount paid.
Payment and Forms
Please enroll in the Caesar in Gaul program by clicking on the button below by April 1st, 2019.
For legal purposes, please electronically sign the Media Release, Health Insurance, and Release of Liability Forms by April 1st, 2019.
As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, please send us your arrival and departure info using the button below.
Deposit: April 1st, 2019
Remaining Balance: May 1st, 2019
Pay by Check
Please send a check for your payments to:
The Paideia Institute
PO Box 670
New York, NY 10012
Please make sure that the checks and forms are postmarked and signed by these dates. Failure to send your deposit on time will result in your spot being given to someone on the waiting list. All checks should be made payable to The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. Please remember that the initial deposit is non-refundable.
Online Payment by Credit Card or ACH Transfer
Please pay the deposit and balance below by the due dates listed above. Please note that there is a 3% convenience fee for online payments.