Congratulations on your selection as a 2023-2024 Paideia Rome Fellow. We are thrilled to work with you in the coming year. Please read through the following information carefully and fill out the form at the bottom of the page by May 1, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
OVERVIEW OF THE FELLOWSHIP YEAR
The fall term, lasting from September to December, is designed to familiarize fellows with the multi-layered and complex city of Rome in all periods, from Romulus and Remus to Pope Francis. The curriculum includes:
- A Fellowship seminar
- A Latin seminar
- Italian classes
- Site visits and day trips in and around Rome
- Multi-day trips to the Bay of Naples and Florence
Fellowship seminar. The fellowship seminar consists of a series of lectures on various topics relating to the city of Rome, including:
- Archaeology and topography
- The history of Rome and Italy, with an emphasis on post-classical history
- The origins and development of the Christian church
- Art and architecture
Some time during each seminar will be set aside for discussions of readings on a given topic assigned for that week.
Latin seminar. The goal of the Latin seminar is to read a wide range of Latin authors from all periods, to review Latin grammar, and to increase proficiency in active Latin.
Italian classes. Fellows will attend formal Italian classes throughout the fall term.
Site visits. Weekly site visits acquaint fellows with all of the major sites and monuments in Rome and its environs. There will be two short site visits per week in the city of Rome, as well as a number of extended day trips to important sites in and around Rome, such as Ostia, Tivoli, and the Via Appia. You will be asked to prepare at least one site report per week on an assigned topic--usually involving some artifact, monument, or other item of interest encountered during a weekly site visit--and to deliver the report on site.
Multi-day trips. The fall term also involves multi-day trips to the Bay of Naples and Florence.
- The trip to the Bay of Naples (9 days) includes visits to Cumae, Baiae, Vesuvius, Pompeii, Herculaneum, Sorrento, Capri, Ischia, and Naples.
- The trip to Florence (5 days) provides a comprehensive introduction to the museums and monuments of the city, with a focus on Renaissance art and architecture.
You will be asked to prepare and deliver additional site reports for these multi-day trips. You will be provided with a detailed schedule of site visits, day trips, and multi-day trips at the beginning of the program.
LOCI IN LOCIS
During the fall term, you will be asked to write a short article for Loci in Locis, a column in Paideia’s online journal, In Medias Res. Articles for Loci in Locis pair classic “places” in Rome -- sites, monuments, artifacts, or works of art -- with classic texts that bring these "places” to life, replicating on a small scale the context-based learning experience provided by Paideia’s Living Latin and Greek programs. You will collaborate with the editors of In Medias Res in selecting an appropriate topic and writing and refining your article, which will be published online in the spring. An archive of past submissions to Loci in Locis can be found here.
WINTER AND SPRING TERM: CLASSICAL TOURS
While the fall term is spent exploring the sites and monuments of Rome (as well as the Bay of Naples and Florence), the winter and spring term will give you the opportunity to gain on-the-ground teaching experience with high school and college students.
From January to June, you will be involved in leading groups of high school and college students around Rome, the Bay of Naples, and Florence as part of Paideia’s Classical Tours program. The weeks leading up to each tour will be spent designing the tour curriculum in conjunction with the head teacher, developing text packets to be used on tour, and making logistical arrangements for the tour. Once students for a particular tour arrive in Rome, you will accompany the group for the duration of the tour, facilitate housing, transport, and other logistical issues, and lead walking tours and visits to sites and monuments in Rome, the Bay of Naples, and Florence.
LIVING LATIN IN ROME HIGH SCHOOL
Fellows will also be involved in teaching in the Living Latin in Rome High School (LLiRHS) program, which takes place in the first two weeks of July. For more information on the LLiRHS program, please visit the website.
You are invited to participate as a student in one of the Institute’s flagship programs, Living Latin in Paris, which is held in Paris for one week in late December and early January. The fellowship award includes a full scholarship to this program covering tuition, housing, and travel expenses from Rome to Paris. If you would like to join us for this program, please fill out an application by the deadline.
Fellows with a strong background in ancient Greek may also be asked to teach in the Living Greek in Greece High School program, which runs for two weeks in the second half of July. Fellows interested in teaching in this program should discuss the application process with the Director of European Operations.
We highly recommend that you read the following books prior to your arrival in Rome:
- Mary T. Boatwright et al., The Romans: From Village to Empire
- Nancy Ramage and Andrew Ramage, Roman Art
- Lawrence Cunningham, An Introduction to Catholicism
- Eamon Duffy, Saints and Sinners: A History of the Popes
- Robert Hughes, Rome: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History
Above all, it is essential to be familiar with the history of Rome, so make it a priority to read The Romans: From Village to Empire.
A strong command of Latin is crucial for the fellowship year.
- Fellows who would like to brush up on their Latin should read Hans Ørberg’s Lingua Latina per se illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana and/or Lingua Latina per se illustrata, Pars II: Roma Aeterna. The latter volume is doubly useful, as it provides an accessible account in Latin of Rome’s early legendary history.
- For a review of the basic rules of Latin grammar and syntax (with exercises), try working through the first ten chapters of Marianthe Colakis’ Excelability in Advanced Latin.
- If you would like to review the most commonly used words in Latin, the core vocabulary compiled by Dickinson College Commentaries is an excellent resource (available as a Quizlet set of flash cards here).
As for primary sources, we would recommend reading Eutropius’ Breviarium Historiae Romanae, which gives a concise, straightforward summary of Roman history in classicizing Latin from the founding of the city until the fourth century CE.
It is crucial for fellows to develop a working knowledge of Italian during their time in Rome. To that end, fellows will take formal Italian classes during the fall term of the fellowship year. If you would like to get a head start on learning Italian before the fall term begins, we would recommend that you work through the Duolingo Italian course.
The following books are just a few of the resources that will be available to you in Rome, but feel free to explore some of them ahead of time.
- Alta Macadam, The Blue Guide to Rome - contains a wealth of historical and architectural information on the city of Rome across all historical periods.
- Augustus Hare, Walks in Rome - an illuminating and highly interesting nineteenth century guidebook to Rome.
- Amanda Claridge, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide - an informative, accurate, and user friendly guide to Rome’s ancient archaeological sites.
- Filippo Coarelli, Rome and Environs: An Archaeological Guide - provides more detailed information about ancient sites in and around Rome.
- Peter J. Aicher, Rome Alive: A Source-Guide to the Ancient City - a useful collection of ancient sources relevant to Rome’s monuments.
- Adrianus van Heck, Breviarium urbis Romae antiquae - a Latin-only collection of ancient texts that illuminate the remains of ancient Roman monuments.
- Tyler Lansford, The Latin Inscriptions of Rome: A Walking Guide - offers a wide selection of inscriptions from all periods found throughout Rome.
BEFORE COMING TO ROME
APPLYING FOR A STUDY VISA
You are required to apply for a study visa to live in Italy. Your first task is to find the Italian consulate nearest you (visit this site). Call that consulate, or visit the consulate's website, to find out exactly what the consulate requires for your visa application and to schedule an appointment for the visa. A housing letter and enrollment letter are normally required, which we will provide. If your consulate requires anything more, please let us know immediately, as it may be necessary to mail original copies of certain materials to you from Rome. Please schedule a visa appointment by June 1, 2023 and let us know when your appointment will take place.
The Paideia Institute will provide you with a single roundtrip flight from the United States to Rome. Give your travel preferences in the form below, indicating your preferred departing and returning dates and your preferred airport for departure and return.
The official start date of the Rome Fellowship is September 11, 2023, and the official end date is mid-July 2024 (date TBD). You are permitted to arrive before the start date or to depart after the end date, as long as you inform us of your plans in advance. Your airline tickets will be booked very soon, so please let us know your travel plans as soon as possible. (If you do not yet know the exact date of your return flight, make your best estimate now; the reservation can be changed later.)
FIRST AID TRAINING AND BACKGROUND CHECKS
All fellows are required to get CPR-First Aid training, Epipen training (a separate online course), and a standard background check. Please send your certificates and documents to [email protected] before your arrival in Rome. We will reimburse you the costs for these certifications, so please keep your send receipts along with the certifications.
STAYING IN TOUCH
Cell phones. Paideia will provide you with an Italian SIM and phone plan. Please make sure your phone is unlocked to work with an international sim before you leave the US by calling your provider.
Internet Access. The Paideia office and your homestays are equipped with internet access.
Mail. Students can receive mail and packages while in Italy via the Paideia office at:
The Paideia Institute
Viale di Trastevere 203
00153, Roma (RM)
ROME FELLOW INFORMATION FORM
Please submit the following form by May 1, 2023.