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Yale Summer Session in Rome: Rome

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Program Information


Rome, Italy




Sunday, May 28, 2017 to Saturday, July 1, 2017



Area of Focus

Arts & Humanities

Distributional Requirements

Fulfills Hu distributional requirement


Study Center

Course Number



2 Yale credits


Virginia Jewiss 


HUMS 444 (City of Rome); students not enrolled in HUMS 444 this spring should contact the program instructor, Virginia Jewiss, to determine if they have a satisfactory background in the program’s subject matter to apply.


Rome was Aeneas’s new home, the heir to the glory of Greece. Under Augustus, Rome was the seat of the most extraordinary imperial power the world has ever known. Rome was where Peter became the rock of the Church, and it remains the indisputable center of western Christendom. Rome was where Petrarch gazed out on the ruins of that ancient civilization; his ruminations gave rise to the Renaissance. Rome was where Martin Luther witnessed the corruption and decadence of ecclesiastic power, his outrage fueling the Reformation. And Rome is where the Church responded most dramatically to that schism, with spectacular artistic patronage and urban planning. Rome was the high point of the Grand Tour and the mecca for Romantics. In 1938 Rome was where Hitler first met Mussolini. And in 1957 the signing of the Treaty of Rome led to the founding of the European Economic Community.

Nothing is simply ancient history in the Eternal City. The intersection in the urban landscape of past and present, of arts, politics, and theology is the focus of this five-week, interdisciplinary study of Rome from its legendary origins through its evolving presence at the crossroads of Europe and the world.

The syllabus below is from last summer; participants will receive this summer's syllabus at the start of the program.

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Summer 2017 Budget

Trips and Activities

Participants should be prepared to do a great deal of walking in this course! Rome will be the classroom, and there will often discuss a book or painting on the very spot that inspired it. Participants will visit Rome's extraordinary museums, churches, piazzas, and archeological sites in order to study the layers of history and the complex interweaving of sacred and civic space in the Eternal City. The program will approach the city from the ancient Via Appia, as countless travelers to Rome have done over the centuries; follow the largely intact third-century Aurelian Walls to appreciate the expanse of the ancient city; trace the streets opened up by Pope Sixtus V as part of his urban renewal project; and walk along the boulevards Mussolini built to connect his authority to that of ancient Rome. Participants will also travel to Ostia Antica, Rome's ancient port city, and the nearby city of Tivoli, home of Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este, with its enchanting water garden.

Eating is the center of Roman life. Local market tours, wine-tasting sessions, picnics, and group dinners will allow participants discover Roman specialties and participate in the Italian habit of lingering and talking around the table.


Participants will live in apartments in Trastevere, Rome's lively and beautiful medieval quarter. The neighborhood is known for its markets, small food shops, and restaurants. Apartments have furnished kitchens and each student will be provided with one set of sheets and a towel. Seminar meetings will be held in air-conditioned classrooms in the heart of Rome.


Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements; additional information will be provided upon admission.


For course content questions contact instructor, Virginia Jewiss. For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff.

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