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Italy: Ancient and Modern


Experience the ancient history, archaeology, art history, literary traditions, cultural transmission, historic preservation, ancient and modern urbanism, food and culture, and artistic movements of Italy!

Join Dr. Timothy Teeter and Dr. David Dudley on a 5-week journey through the Eternal City and the Italian country.  Learn about the country through its challenges to retain and preserve its cultural past as it faces the pressures of modern social changes and urbanization.

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APPLY NOW! (Deadline February 1, 2019) 

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Course Titles and Credits:
Students have the opportunity to earn and must be enrolled in 6 credit hours.  Graduate students must be in 3 credit hours.  Students can choose from any combination of the following:

HIST 1111 – World History I (3)
HIST 3030 – The Ancient Roman City (3)
ENGL 2100 – Literature and Humanities (3)
ENGL 5090 – American and English Authors Imagine Italy (3)

Students should have a 2.5 GPA at the time of application and must be in Good Academic Standing, with no active disciplinary record.  All students must be fully admitted to the institution, and at least 18 years of age by the program departure date.

Dates of Program:
May 11– June 16, 2019 (Summer Term A)

Program Cost:
Includes: Roundtrip airfare from Atlanta to Rome, all regional and local transportation; lodging for the duration of the program; some meals; classroom access; tour and excursion fees; weekend excursions; and a medical travel insurance plan.

Additional Costs: Georgia Southern tuition & fees for 6 credit hours of course enrollment, additional lunches and dinners, incidental expenses and souvenirs.

Nature and Purpose of the Program:
This program will use the city and people of Rome and it’s environs (from the Alban Hills to Tivoli), as well as Tuscany (Sienna and Florence), and the Bay of Naples (Pompeii and Herculaneum) as major resources for study. Students will have the opportunity to learn about and engage with Italy both ancient and modern. Along with lectures and readings, students will experience a combination of field trips, museum tours, and events hosted by local civic, academic, and ecclesiastical authorities and organizations. Through the courses offered in this program, students will become familiar with two distinct, but related cultures: ancient Rome and contemporary Italy. Students will be able to look at the connections between these two cultures along with learning about connections that our own American culture and society has with these cultures. Students will gain a deeper understanding of European civilization, Italian culture, and the general society of the area through an introduction to subjects such as ancient history, archaeology. art history, literature and literary culture. cultural transmission, historic preservation, ancient and modern urbanism, and food culture.

The 5 week trip will be based in Monte Compatri, one of the Castelli Romani commune located in the Alban Hills just outside of Rome.  Long a summer retreat for the noble families of Rome, the Castelli Romani provide ample opportunity to study the major historical, political, religious, architectural, and cuisine developments of the region and understand their transmission and connection to contemporary Italian (and Roman!) culture.  Students will live and study in Monte Compatri while using frequent day-trips into Rome and the surrounding countryside to gain first-hand and comparative perspectives on the challenges faced.  In Monte Compatri, students will find themselves easily connected to the variety of experiences that Italy has to offer.

The program will be hosted with the assistance of the municipal government of Monte Compatri.

Example Excursions and Activities:

  • Walking tours of Rome to see the historic remains of the ancient city (the original forum, the Imperial Fora, and the Campus Matius) as well as tours of some of the most ancient churches of the city of Rome!
  • Trips to Florence, Ostia Antica, Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, the Temple of Fortuna, and the Archaeological Museum at Palestrina
  • Guided tour of Exarchic Greek Abbey of St. Mary and the Ancient manuscript library at St. Nilo’s Abbey in Grottaferrata
  • Weekend trip to the Bay of Naples: Pompeii, Herculaneum, the Villa of Poppaea at Oplontis, and the National Archaeology Museum at Palestrina
  • Guided visits of the Roman/ Castelli Romani catacombs
  • Tours of Museo Nazionale in the Palazzo Massimo, the baths of Diocletian, the Colosseum, the Capitoline Museums, and the Vatican Museums
  • Engaging with the bustling art scene of the Trastevere neighborhood
  • Two-Day trip to Florence for such sites and museums as the Uffizi, the Duomo, and the Baptistry of St John with Ghiberti’s famous Gates of Paradise; and stop in Sienna for the Museo Civico, the Duomo, and the Opera del Duomo.

Students will stay in double hotel rooms near the Monte Compatri City Center, where they can engage with and easily access the city and surrounds.  Each room will have its own bath.  Monte Compatri has an effective and easy to use bus system that students will be able to access and use to explore Rome and Italy in their free time.

Application and Payment Schedule:
Program Application and $500.00 Program Deposit: Due February 1, 2019
1st Program Payment of $2,415.00: Due February 21, 2019
2nd Program Payment of $2,415.00 + $52.00 mandatory travel insurance fee: Due March 15, 2019

All payments should be made through the Georgia Southern Studies Abroad “Italy: Ancient and Modern” Marketplace webpage.

Refund information:

Once accepted to the program, all deposits and program payments are non-refundable.


Have questions or need more information?  Please contact:
Dr. Timothy Teeter, Department of History –
Dr. David Dudley, Department of Literature & Philosophy –
Ms. Emilee Carr, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Programs & Services –

Last updated: 9/13/2018