You have been accepted to participate in Living Latin in Rome, an intensive summer Latin program organized by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study. We are very much looking forward to helping you develop your knowledge of Latin and spending some time getting to know you amidst the amazing landscape of Rome this summer.
Practical Information for Your Summer in Rome
Books and Other Resources
The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. In order to facilitate classroom discussions, we request that all participants have access to the same dictionary and grammar books.
- Lewis and Short’s Latin Dictionary – This lexicon covers a wide chronological range and will help us as we work through readings from antiquity to the modern era. It is available via the SPQR app for IOS or Android.
- Instructors and ludi will make reference to both Allen and Greenough’s New Latin Grammar and Gildersleeve and Lodge's Latin Grammar.
* If you do not have a computer or smartphone and cannot afford to buy physical copies of these books, please let us know.
You will get more out of Living Latin in Rome if you arrive with a strong foundation in Latin grammar and a strong active vocabulary. Below are some great resources for gaining the skills you need to enjoy the literature we will be reading.
- Participants who feel a need to review their grammar and forms should purchase and work through the first 10 chapters of Excellability in Advanced Latin by Marianthe Colakis before the program starts. This is a concise and straightforward review of Latin grammar.
- A broad vocabulary is essential for enjoying Latin texts. The Latin Vocabulary List available through Dickinson College is an excellent resource for learning the words that most frequently occur in Latin literature. Challenge yourself to know as many of these words as possible English --> Latin before the program starts. If you like flash cards, they are available via as a Quizlet set here.
We would also like to recommend (but do not require) a few books that will help you access the sights, sounds, and history of Rome in your free time. These are:
- John Traupman’s Conversational Latin for Oral Proficiency - An excellent resource for learning to speak authentic, idiomatically correct Latin, organized by theme.
- Alta Macadam’s The Blue Guide to Rome – a wealth of historical and architectural information on the city of Rome across all historical periods.
- Amanda Claridge’s Rome: An Archaeological Guide – an informative, accurate, and user friendly guide to Rome’s ancient archaeological sites.
- Peter J. Aicher's Rome Alive: A Sourcebook to the Ancient City – a very useful collection of passages from Latin literature relevant to Rome’s monuments.
- Nancy and Andrew Ramage’s Roman Art - a good overview of ancient Roman art.
- David Potter’s Ancient Rome: A New History - a detailed yet readable overview of Roman history. An excellent reference.
Clothing: What to Pack
Rome is hot in June and hotter still in July. Some of our site visits will involve spending hours outside in the sun, although we try to schedule them to avoid the worst of the heat. We recommend a good hat, plenty of sunscreen, and a good pair of UV protective sunglasses. Sunscreen is very expensive in Italy; it’s best to bring enough from home.
Appropriate attire. While shorts and t-shirts are fine on most days, some of our site visits include trips to basilicas and churches, where visitors must wear clothing that fully covers knees and shoulders to be allowed entrance (e.g. trousers or skirts and shirts with sleeves). Many visitors to Italy bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed.
Come prepared with a swimsuit and beach towel. You might have the chance to visit the beach!
Both courses will be taking a weekend trip, so be sure to bring a backpack or daypack.
Bring good strong shoes. One does a lot of walking on cobblestones in Rome, both because the public transportation system is inadequate and hot and also because there is so much to see. Archaeological sites are full of dusty walkways, uneven flagstones, and low stone walls. Your feet will thank you if you do this walking in good, strong sneakers or cross trainers.
Some site visits will be to churches and require conservative dress, some will be to archaeological sites and require more rugged dress, and some to museums with no particular requirements. We will also try, depending on schedules, to arrange an optional visit to a concert or an opera, at which a nice outfit would be appropriate if you can fit that in as well.
Staying in Touch
Cell Phones: The easiest way to stay in touch while in Italy is to buy an Italian sim card for your smartphone, which provides both cellular and wireless coverage on a pay-as-you-go basis. We can help you purchase those upon arrival. Make sure your phone is unlocked to work with an international sim before you leave the US by calling your provider.
Internet Access: Both the classroom building and institute apartments are equipped with high-speed internet access.
Students can receive mail and packages while in Italy via the Institute at:
The Paideia Institute
Viale Aurelio Saffi, 70
00152, Roma (RM)
However, packages must pass through Italian customs and the Italian post is relatively unreliable. Delays are unpredictable. Sometimes letters and packages reach Italy from the United States in a week, sometimes a month, sometimes longer. We’re still waiting for one student’s package from July 2011.
In case of emergency a Paideia staff member can be reached 24 hours a day at +39 345 192 4153. For anything else, please email email@example.com, and we will respond within 24 hours. Once in Rome, your main contact is Gene Cunningham, our Logistical Director. We will give you his phone number in Rome, and you can call him for day-to-day concerns.
Health and Well Being
Medical care in Italy is first rate and should the need arise, the Paideia Institute has a physician on call 24 hours a day for the duration of the course. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in Italy.
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 Rome, 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 your instructors 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.
Housing is available for an additional fee. Participants live in shared apartments in central Rome within an easily commutable distance of the classroom by public transportation. Apartments are fully furnished with full kitchens and linens are provided. Please bring your own towel.
Roommates stay in shared bedrooms with two twin beds and are matched by age and gender. To indicate a roommate preference, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. No overnight guests are allowed in Institute housing. If friends or family visit, please arrange for them to stay elsewhere.
Single accommodation is not available except in exceptional cases. If you are interested in single accommodation, e-mail email@example.com. An additional fee will apply.
Your apartment will be available from Sunday, June 28 to Saturday, July 11 for Session 1 and Sunday, July 12 to Saturday, July 25 for Session 2. If you plan on arriving in or leaving Rome before or after these dates, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.
Living Latin in Rome classroom sessions take place at the Rome campus of St. John’s University. This facility is located at Via Marcantonio Colonna 21a in the neighborhood called Prati, north of the Vatican. For a Google Map, click here.
Classrooms are air-conditioned and equipped with wireless internet, printers, and computer labs for student use.
Syllabus and Schedule
Living Latin in Rome’s curriculum includes classroom sessions, weekly site visits, lectures, a weekend trip, conversational Latin sessions sub arboribus, and weekly homework assignments called ludi domestici.
- Classes meet each weekday from 8:30am - 10:00am and 4:30pm - 6pm
- Site visits take place on Wednesday mornings
- The are evening events, such as lectures by guest speakers or spoken Latin sessions "sub arboribus", on Mondays through Thursdays from 6pm - 7pm
- There will be a weekend trip in the middle of the course, the Catullus section will visit Verona and the Sirmio Peninsula, where Catullus had his summer villa. And the Ovid session will visit Sulmona, where Ovid was born in the mountains of Abruzzo.
- During the midday students are free to relax, work on ludi, and explore Rome.
Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are available for this program at no cost. If you are interested in earning CEU credit, please let us know and we will provide you with more information.
Visa Requirements, Cancellation Policy, and Travel Insurance
U.S. Citizens do not need to apply for a visa to participate in this program, though you will need a passport. Please note that your passport must be valid for at least six months after your return date. If you do not have a passport, you should begin the application process as soon as possible, as it can be a lengthy process. Students who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa. To determine your visa requirements, please refer to the nearest Italian Consulate's website.
Once paid, the $500 deposit is non refundable (Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak). If a student withdraws from the course after the balance has been paid, the balance is refundable only if that student's place is filled by another student. There is no refund for students who withdraw after the start of the program.
The student travel protection plan offered by Travel Guard also offers cancellation insurance for covered reasons. Purchase it here.
Arrival and Departure
Students are expected to arrive on Sunday, June 28 for Session 1 and Sunday, July 12 for Session 2 at Rome’s Leonardo Da Vinci - Fiumicino Airport between 9am and 5 pm.
Upon exiting customs in Terminal 3 (as most of you will if you're coming from the United States), you will be able to take a train to Termini station and from there arrange transport via taxi to your hotel.
Please make sure to fill out your travel form so that we are able to communicate with you on arrival day.
Payment and Forms
To enroll in Living Latin in Rome, please click the button and enroll below by April 1.
For legal purposes, please electronically sign the Media Release, Health Insurance, and Release of Liability Forms by April 1.
When you know when and by what form of transportation you'll be arriving, please let us know!
Deposit: April 1, 2020
Remaining Balance: May 1, 2020
Payment by Check
Please send a check payable to the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. to the following address:
The Paideia Institute
PO Box 670
New York, NY 10012
Please make sure that the checks are postmarked and forms are signed by these dates. Failure to send your deposit on time may result in your spot being given to somebody on the waiting list. All checks should be made payable to The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
NB: Online payments by card include a 3% convenience fee.