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GSU - Marvels of Medieval Rome & Italy
Rome, Italy (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Maymester
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Abroad Year Application Deadline Decision Date Program Start Date Program End Date
Maymester 2016 01/31/2016 ** N/A 05/15/2016 05/29/2016

** Students will be notified of acceptance by email and through their online application.
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 4890 or 8890
MES 4750
3 Credit Hours
Required Text: Robert Hughes, Rome. 
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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:
Thurs May 14 - Arrive in Rome. Airport Pick up. Hotel: Albergo Sole – centrally located walking distance to major sites – near Campo de Fiori “Oldest Hotel in Rome”.
Fri May 15 - Historical Overview and Orientation Tour of neighborhood “When All Roads Led to Rome.
Sat May 16 - Rome’s Imperial Grandeur; Colosseum; Roman Forum; Titus Arch
Sun May 17 –National Museum of Rome and other sites
Mon May 18 - Jewish Quarter and Jewish Museum and other sites.
Tues May 19 - Catacombs and the Via Appia (Appian Way)
Wed May 20 - Assisi Day Trip.
Thurs May 21- Vatican City - Museum and Galleries.
Fri May 22 - Ostia Day Trip
Sat May 23 -  Ara Pacis (Altar of Peace); Pantheon; Capitoline Hill and Museums.
Sun May 24 - Naples/Pompeii Day Trip. “When a city froze in Time: Pompeii”.
Mon May 25 –Renaissance Rome.
Tues May 26 – Final Day Free. Final dinner:
Wed May 27 – Rome 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