IDIS W15 Classical and Medieval Italy: Sicily, Naples, and Rome [CLOSED]

Basic information

  • Location: Italy
  • Dates: January 6–26, 2021
  • Cost: $4441 (estimate)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this off-campus program has been suspended. The information on this page is available for reference and planning purposes, but may no longer be accurate. If and when Calvin is able to re-open this and other off-campus programs, information will be provided at the main Off-Campus Programs website. If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Off-Campus Programs office.

The primary academic objective of this trip is to gain an understanding of the ancient and medieval history and culture of (Southern) Italy, which was a central locale in the development of “western” civilization and the spread of Christianity.

The primary academic objective of this trip is to gain an understanding of the ancient and medieval history and culture of (Southern) Italy, which was a central locale in the development of “western” civilization and the spread of Christianity. This course begins with a tour of Sicily, a heartland of classical and medieval culture. It will then make its way up the “boot” of Italy, via Monte Cassino, visit the area of the Bay of Naples, and end up in Rome, the “eternal city.” Sicily has the largest number of well-preserved Greek temples in Europe. Pompeii and Herculaneum are two well preserved Roman cities that teach us about daily life in the Roman Empire. Syracuse was the largest Greek city in the Mediterranean and was visited by Paul the Apostle. Monte Cassino, founded by Benedict, stood at the cradle of Western monasticism. The Norman Kingdom of Sicily was the site of a lively artistic and intellectual exchange between Christians, Muslims, and Jews during the Middle Ages. Participants start out with classes on-campus about the classical and medieval culture and history of Sicily and Naples. They write a take-home test on background readings, prepare an oral report for delivery at an assigned site, keep a detailed journal, and contribute a 300-word essay to the group blog. This course may fulfill an elective in the Classics major and minor and the History major and minor. Optional cross-cultural engagement credit (CCE) is available for those who meet additional requirements. Prior course work in classical languages or culture or history is not required. Course Fee: approximately $4441. January 6–26. H. Luttikhuizen, F. VanLiere. Off Campus

Cost

$4441 (estimate)

Questions / contact

Frans van Liere

Frans van Liere

Professor of History;
Director of Medieval Studies Program
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