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  • Locations: Rome, Italy
  • Program Terms: Maymester
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: Good Standing Housing: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Program Type: GSU
Program Director: Dr. Allen Fromherz Sponsoring College: College of Arts & Sciences
Sponsoring Department: History Credit Type: GSU Credit
Credit Level: Graduate Credit, Undergraduate Credit
Program Description:

Rome: Marvels of Ancient and Medieval Italy
Dr. Allen Fromherz
HIST 4975 or HON 4975
3 Credit Hours
Required Text: Robert Hughes, Rome. 
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"Personally, professionally and academically studying abroad changed my outlook on what I wanted to do with my life and my passions. It allowed me to have connections within the history department at Georgia State to now help me propel through my graduate degree." - Dana, 2015

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The Program
Omnes viae Romam ducunt. Eventually “all roads lead to Rome” but many roads also led out of Rome - all the way to some of the most familiar parts of our daily life and culture. From our home base in the vibrant Campo de Fiori we will study not only the history, architecture and art of Republican and Imperial Rome but also the legacy of this world capital. As we will witness at Pompeii and Ostia, the daily life of Romans, from the use of running water to fast food restaurant as different, but not too far distant, from our own. We will also experience the world that came after the fall of the classical city, following paths both strange and familiar and questioning our assumptions about this city at the heart of “western civilization”. Yet even at this “heart of the west” there were a multitude of cosmopolitan influences as traders, merchants and travelers came from around the empire and beyond, bringing with them their new and, sometimes disruptive ideas and beliefs. Early Christianity, originating in ancient Palestine, is probably the most famous example, but there were also the rites of esoteric gods such as Isis, Mithras and Serapis. Although threatened and confined, Judaism also flourished under the protection of wise and pragmatic popes.  Rome was a city of syncretism until finally for a variety of economic, political, military and social reasons it was unable to maintain its hold on a vast empire that spread from Babylon to Scotland. Our journey through the Medieval and Renaissance periods, visiting Assisi of St. Francis along the way, shows how Rome regained its power and prestige as the center of Christendom.  In addition, we will delve into Rome’s fascinating interactions with the medieval Islamic world. That Rome lasted so long and still lives on in one of the largest organizations of modern humanity, reduced in territory to the smallest country in the world, the Vatican City, but with expanded influence over more than believers worldwide, is the more remarkable story.

Tentative Itinerary:

May 14-18 Rome (Albergo Sole in the Heart of Rome)

May 15 Roman Forum and Colosseum 

May 16 Ostia Day Trip 

May 17 Tivoli Day Trip  

May 18 Vatican City

May 19 Siena 

May 20-23 Rome (Albergo Sole in Heart of Rome) 

May 20 Churches of Rome 

May 21 Orvieto/Assisi

May 22 From Ancient to Medieval Rome 

May 23 Return to Atlanta. 

If you would like to view a video from Dr. Fromherz's 2014 Marvels of Medieval Spain program please click here.

Payment schedule
Feb 1- $500
March 1- $749.50
April 1 - $749.50 

This program is currently not accepting applications.