College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Kimberly Read



In summer 2014 I participated in the Classical Summer School program at the American Academy in Rome. As a student of Classics, I have spent many hours pouring over Greek and Roman texts and studying the history of these societies. Yet, I have had a very limited understanding of how Rome grew and developed. I wanted to learn more about the material culture of this great city and the Classical Summer School seemed like a great opportunity to do so. The experience was all I expected and more. We spent some portion of every day visiting ancient monuments in the city or in the near vicinity. The Academy can easily obtain special permission to visit sites that are not normally open to the public—for instance, our group gained access to the Curia (Senate House) and the House of Livia on the Palatine. Each week we also got to handle artifacts at the Academy, learning how they were made and their significance to Roman culture. The role of Classics in secondary schools is another focus of the Classical Summer School, and throughout the program we discussed how to implement similar activities in a classroom and how to share Roman culture with our students.


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