[PAST EVENT] W&M Faculty Led Study Abroad Program to Rome & Pompeii

May 24, 2024 - June 14, 2024
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The W&M Department of Classical Studies offers a three-week intensive summer program in Ancient Roman Studies, emphasizing Rome and Pompeii. Students explore archaeological sites, classical art, and monuments in their historical context. The program includes one week in the Bay of Naples region, visiting sites and museums, followed by two weeks in Rome and its vicinity.

Rome has been occupied by numerous different populations in its nearly three thousand year history. The Etruscans, Sabines, Romans, and Italians who have called this city home have left an unbelievable treasury of art, architecture, and ancient artifacts that make Rome a wonderful place to visit and study. Now one of the most populous cities in Europe, Rome is host to millions of tourists every year who flock to the Vatican city, ancient Roman ruins, the Trevi fountain, the Spanish Steps, the catacombs, and numerous other sites that give the capital of Italy the name "Roma Aeterna" or Eternal City. In Rome, historic vistas can be found everywhere from the major tourist sites to random alleyways.

Pompeii was an ancient Roman town located near present day Naples, that was mostly destroyed and buried during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. The eruption destroyed the city, killing its inhabitants and burying it under tons of volcanic ash. The site was lost for about 1500 years until it was rediscovered in 1599. The artifacts have been preserved for more than a millennium because of the long lack of air and moisture and give an extraordinary glimpse of life during Roman times. Pompeii has been a tourist destination for over 250 years. Today it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with almost 2.5 million visitors every year. Much like Rome, Pompeii feels like it has been frozen in time.

Sponsored by: Reves Center for International Studies


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