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Italy: Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome (Duke University)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome, affectionately known as the "Centro," was founded in 1965 by Professor Brooks Otis of Stanford University, a distinguished scholar of Latin literature. Since then the Centro has evolved into the premier North American center for the study of the classical world in Italy.

This is an intensive program designed for classics majors. The program of study is based on a comprehensive course,  "The Ancient City," which integrates the topography of ancient Rome with its social history, literature and culture - an in-depth study of Roman history and archaeology including frequent field trips. Because of its intensity and requirement of time, this course is the equivalent of two semester courses.  In addition, students take two courses in such fields as intermediate or advanced Latin, intermediate or advanced Greek, or Renaissance art history. 

The program includes many visits to archaeological sites and museums, both in Rome and its vicinity (Ostia, Cosa and Hadrian's villa at Tivoli) and two longer field trips, one to the Bay of Naples (Pompeii, Herculaneum, Cumae) and the other to the temples, villas and museums of Sicily.

Prerequisite: junior standing and at least one year of Latin or Classical Greek and HIST 104 (or the equivalent).
Credits: 4.5. Standard load is 4 classes.
Period: one semester (Fall or Winter-Spring).

Program advisor: Prof. Brenda Fineberg. 

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