July 21 - August 4, 2018
Application and Guidelines
Thank you for expressing interest in Caesar in Gaul, a program run by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. We hope that you will join us in Provence as part of a group of enthusiastic students of Caesar and his Gallic Wars.
With the recent addition of selections from Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars to the AP Latin syllabus, more Americans than ever are reading this classic of Roman literature. Yet to many readers, the Gallic Wars have proven challenging to appreciate as a historical or literary work. Caesar in Gaul is designed to increase participants’ appreciation for Caesar and his work by providing new insight into the geographical and historical context of the Gallic Wars as well as Julius Caesar as a historical figure and literary stylist.
Lectures and Seminars
The program includes daily lectures and seminars led by guest professors, Christopher Krebs of Stanford University and Luca Grillo of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Both Professor Krebs and Professor Grillo are internationally recognized specialists on Caesar, particularly his literary style. They are currently co-editing the Cambridge Companion to Caesar, while Professor Krebs is also preparing a commentary on Book 7 of the Gallic Wars. This cutting-edge scholarship on Caesar will form the basis for lectures on different aspects of Caesar’s work as well as seminar-style discussions, in which participants will read and discuss important passages of the Gallic Wars in greater detail.
The program will also include guided visits to important battle sites from the Gallic Wars and other monuments of Gallo-Roman culture. These visits are designed to deepen participants’ understanding of Roman Gaul and provide the opportunity to read Caesar’s accounts of events in the places where they happened. Site visits will include: Nîmes and the Pont du Gard, the Gallo-Roman Museum of Lyons, and the sites of the battle of the Arar and the museum and presumed site of the battle of Alesia, where Caesar defeated Vercingetorix.
This program is designed with high-school Latin teachers in mind, but qualified undergraduates, graduate students or independent readers of Caesar are also welcome to apply. All participants should know Latin well enough to read and discuss Caesar in a graduate seminar-like setting. Undergraduate applicants must submit a letter of recommendation along with their application. All application materials must be received by March 1, 2018.
Professional Development Credit
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.
Standard housing is a double hotel room shared with another program participant. Single rooms or apartment-style accommodation may be available for a supplement. Special housing requests should be sent by e-mail to [email protected] We will do our best to accommodate all participants.
Tuition and Costs
The cost of the course is $3500. It must be paid in full by May 1, 2018. This cost includes tuition, housing, the costs of all trips, museum and site admissions and a welcome and farewell dinner.
Airfare, daily expenses for meals, and spending money are not included in the cost of tuition. The cost of life in France can vary greatly depending on one’s tastes, but at the very least we recommend that participants budget $30/day for food. Please consider the exchange rate when planning your budget.
Deposit and Payment Schedule
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required of all participants by April 2, 2018. Our acknowledgment of receipt of this deposit guarantees the student a post in the course. The remaining $3000 is due by May 1, 2018.
Caesar in Gaul takes place in Paris, Aix-en-Provence, and Lyons. Participants should make arrangements to arrive in Paris on July 22 and depart from Paris on August 4. Those wishing to spend time in France outside of this window should make their own arrangements for accommodation.
If you do not have a valid passport, get one immediately. This process can be time-consuming and should not be left to the last minute.
Please direct all questions to [email protected] or call (609) 429-0734.
Download the Application
To apply, please complete the following application form by March 1, 2018. Applications received after this deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space is available.