You have been accepted to participate in Living Latin in Rome, an intensive summer Latin program organized by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. 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.
In addition, we recommend (but do not require) six 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. We will be heading to the beach whenever we can.
We will be taking a weekend trip to Naples, 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.
Roughly a third of our site visits will be to churches and require conservative dress, a third will be to archaeological sites and require more rugged dress, and a third 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
If you're interested in reaching out to your fellow students before or during the program, please join our Facebook group.
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 included in the price of the course. 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 email@example.com. 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 for older participants. If you are interested in single accommodation, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. An additional fee will apply.
Your apartment will be available from Saturday, June 8 to Sunday, July 14. 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, site visits, lectures, day trips, a three-day trip to Naples, conversational Latin sessions sub arboribus, and weekly homework assignments called ludi domestici.
- Classes meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 3:30pm - 5:30pm.
- Site visits take place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 9am - 12pm and on Saturdays from 9am - 3pm.
- Spoken Latin sessions " sub arboribus" take place on Mondays and Thursdays from 6pm - 7pm.
- Guest Lectures take place on Tuesdays from 6pm - 7pm.
- Day trips to sites outside of Rome take place on Wednesdays and last all day (8am - 8pm)
- From June 20-22, the course takes an overnight trip to Naples.
- Monday and Thursday mornings, Saturday afternoons, and Sundays are free to relax, work on ludi, and explore Rome.
Sites visited during the course are subject to change, but will probably include all of the following (and more):
- The Campus Martius
- The Palatine, Capitoline, and Aventine Hills
- Formia and Sperlonga
- Ostia Antica
- The Villa Borghese
- San Clemente
- The Ara Pacis
- The Auditorium of Maecenas
- The Catacombs of Priscilla
- Lake Nemi
- The Capitoline Museums
- The Colosseum
- The Roman Forum
- Horace's Sabine Villa
Additionally, there will be a multi-day trip to Naples and a day trip to Florence. A daily schedule will be handed out to students upon arrival.
Academic Credit and CEU's
Three undergraduate transfer credits are available for Living Latin in Rome on an optional basis through Brooklyn College. Students taking Living Latin in Rome for credit enroll as non-degree students at Brooklyn College, take a final exam and pay an additional Brooklyn College tuition of $2520 ($840 / credit) for non-residents of New York State and $1200 ($400 / credit) for New York residents directly to Brooklyn College. All students seeking credit for should indicate this on their enrollment form. The Paideia Institute will support students admitted to Living Latin in Rome through the Brooklyn College application and enrollment process.
Continuing Education Units (CEU's) are also 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. 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 Saturday, June 8 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), head toward a large white column labelled "Meeting Point." If you arrive at another terminal, that's where you should head after exiting customs. There are maps scattered about, so it should be easy to find. At the meeting point, you will find at least one of our staffers carrying a Paideia sign.
At that point, we will put you on a bus to Piazza Cavour. When you get off, head across the street to a cafe called “Caffe San Giusto” at Via Crescenzio 3, where our welcome committee will be waiting to give you your apartment keys. If you are not arriving at Fiumicino airport on arrival day, this is where you should plan on meeting us. Just let us know when you’re planning on getting there (any time between 9am and 5pm works). From there, we’ll escort you to your residences.
If you are arriving before 9am, we recommend that you hang out at the airport until our staffers arrive (there is a cafe near the meeting point, if you'd like to sit down). If you are arriving later than 5pm, you will need to get in touch with your roommates to coordinate.
The Institute will also facilitate transport back to the airport on departure day.
If you wish to arrive or depart Rome before or after the official arrival and departure days, at an airport other than Fiumicino, or after 5pm, you will need to arrange your own transportation to your apartment. Please be sure to indicate this on the travel information form.
Payment and Forms
To enroll in Living Latin in Rome, please click the button below.
For legal purposes, please electronically sign the Media Release, Health Insurance, and Release of Liability Forms by March 21, 2019.
When you know when and by what form of transportation you'll be arriving, please let us know!
Deposit: March 21, 2019
Remaining Balance: April 21, 2019
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 non-refundable.
NB: Online payments by card include a 3% convenience fee.