You have been accepted to be one of Paideia's Rome Fellows! We are very much looking forward to working with you and getting to know you better in the coming year. Please read through the following carefully and fill out the form at the bottom of the page by March 22nd, 2018. If you have any questions about anything here, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Practical Information for Your Year in Rome
The following books are recommended reading before you arrive in Rome:
David Potter's Ancient Rome: A New History
Ernst Gombrich's The Story of Art
Luigi Barzini's The Italians
- Genesis, Exodus, one of the Synoptic Gospels (i.e. one of Matthew, Mark, or Luke), Gospel of John, Acts of the Apostles
JRR Tolkien's The Fellowship of the Ring
We read the second book of Lingua Latina, Lingua Latina per se illustrata: Roma Aeterna, together in Rome. If you haven't already, we also recommend that you read Lingua Latina per se illustrata: Familia Romana. If you feel the need to brush up on your Latin more before you arrive, we recommend the following:
- 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.
The following books will be some of the resources made available to you in Rome, but feel free explore them ahead of time:
- 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.
Syllabus and Fall Schedule
Course curriculum for the fall includes reading sessions, site visits, seminars, day trips, a multi-day trip to both Naples and Florence, blog posts (details below), independent research, and small homework assignments.
- Italian classes are every day for two hours until November, when courses will reduce to twice a week. Formal classes will not continue in the spring once tours begin.
- Seminars are one hour a week for 3 hours, and our current plan is to cover the following topics (though these are subject to change):
- Geology, Topography, and Development of the Ancient City
- History of Late Antiquity (14 AD to 6th c.)
- Medieval and Renaissance Rome & Italy (6th c. to Trent)
- Baroque and Modern (Trent to 2016)
- Introduction to Christianity as Intellectual System
- Christian Historical Narrative
- Introduction to Archaeology - History, Techniques, Reading Ruins
- Survey of Church Architecture
- History of the Church
- The Art and Science of Giving Tours
- Latin reading sessions are once a week for 3 hours.
- Site visits are generally twice a week, and will take you to all the major sites in Rome. These are sometimes visited independently and sometimes led by a Paideia staff member. In any case, Fellows are expected to do their own research on the sites ahead of time.
- The Naples trip will take a little less than a week, and the Florence trip will be a long weekend.
- One night a week will be devoted to reading Greek.
A more specific schedule will be communicated to participants at the start of the program.
The spring schedule is by necessity a little less scheduled in advance, as reading sessions are planned ad hoc around Classical Tours.
While the fall is spent exploring Rome, the spring is spent leading groups of high school students around Rome, Florence, and Naples. The weeks leading up to each tour will be spent building a curriculum and a text packet with the teachers you will be working with. Here is a recent itinerary for a Naples-Rome tour that is fairly standard.
Living Latin in Rome (High School)
The capstone teaching experience for Rome Fellows is teaching for Living Latin in Rome (High School). In the spring, once you being leading tours and getting some on-the-ground teaching experience under your belt, you will be introduced to a LLiRHS staff member, who will mentor you in preparation for this experience. During the program, you will be responsible for teaching text sessions and preparing the entirety of the curriculum for at least one day.
Loci in Locis
Loci in Locis is Paideia's art and Classics blog that pairs artwork from sites in Rome with a thematically-linked Latin or Greek text. Posts aim to replicate on a small scale the context-based learning experience provided by Paideia’s Living Latin in Rome programs on a bimonthly basis. Rome Fellows write about 6 posts each, and should have all posts finished in the fall. Posts can be on whatever you like -- the idea is that they allow you to explore whatever interests you in the city most. Please familiarize yourself with the content of the blog both on the current site and on its defunct archive site here.
Optional Program Participation
Rome Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in both Living Latin in Paris in 2018-2019 and Living Greek in Greece in 2019. We will not pay for travel, but you will not have to pay for housing or tuition. If you would like to join us for either or both of these programs, you just need to fill out an application for them by the deadline.
Rome Fellows who have never done Living Latin in Rome before are also welcome to join us for that program the summer before the Fellowship. If you are interested in attending, please let us know by the deadline.
During the fall, you will be staying with an Italian host family. Starting in October, you will need to start looking for housing in an apartment in Rome. We strongly recommend that you find a place with Italian roommates so that you can get daily practice speaking the language.
Staying in Touch
Cell Phones: Paideia will provide you with an Italian SIM and phone plan. 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.
Students can receive mail and packages while in Italy via the Paideia office 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.
Applying for a Study Visa
You will need to apply for a study visa to live in Italy. The first thing you should do is visit your consulate website (or call them) to find out exactly what they need for that application. Normally, a housing letter and enrollment letter are required, which we can get started on in the meantime. If your consulate requires anything more, please let us know ASAP, especially if we need to mail original copies of all materials to you from Rome.
First Aid Training and Background Checks
All Fellows are required to get First Aid training, Epipen training (a separate online course), and a standard background check. Please send your certificates and documents to email@example.com before your arrival in Rome. Keep your receipts, and we will reimburse you for whatever this might cost.
We will provide you with a roundtrip flight to Rome -- simply fill out the form below, which includes fields for travel preferences. The official start date of the Fellowship is September 15th, and the official end is the last day of Living Latin in Rome (High School). However, you can arrive before the start date or depart after the end date, if you make a request . The trip to Rome will be booked now, so please let us know your definite plans. The trip back can be changed at a later date, but if you know right now that you'll be extending your stay in Europe (for LGiG, for instance), please indicate that on the form.
Rome Fellow Information Form
If you decide you'd like to join us in Rome, please submit the following form by March 22nd, 2018.