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The Roman Empire: Architecture and Ideology

Term To Study: Summer 2019
Application Deadline: Dec 01, 2018
Program Starts: May 17, 2019
Program Ends: Jun 01, 2019
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $5,025
Link 1: Rome Video
Program Locations: Rome
Contact Phone: (757) 594-7057
Contact Name: Dr. Jana Adamitis & Dr. David Pollio
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What is Included: Airfare, accommodations, some meals, international health insurance, and group activities
What is not Included: Tuition (3 credits), most meals, travel insurance, and personal expenses
Estimated Costs: 3 credits of CNU tuition
(in addition to the program fee)
In-State: $1,284
Out of State: $2,841
Program Description


This summer study abroad course offers students an introduction to ancient Roman architecture in its original cultural context with special emphasis on the most iconic monuments of the Roman empire. Pre-departure lectures and readings provide the background necessary for understanding Roman architecture in its sociopolitical, historical, and cultural contexts. The study abroad experience begins in Paestum, an ancient Greek town in southern Italy, where students will examine the architectural styles that served as models for the Romans. Naples, Pompeii and Herculaneum offer unique opportunities to experience first-hand public and private life in an ancient Roman city, where students learn about urban planning, public and private spaces and their uses, and the formal elements of public and private architecture and decoration. Building on this foundation, the course then moves to Rome and environs, where students will examine how the political and military ambitions of the Roman elite, coupled with innovations in engineering, contributed to the development of the city and its architecture. The course concludes with the Age of Constantine, when Rome begins its cultural transformation from a seat of pagan imperial power to St. Augustine's City of God.

Quick Facts

Population: 61261254
Capital: Rome
Per-capita GDP: $ 30900
Size: 301340 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 01:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

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