"When in Rome..."
This summer, Marymount partnered with the Paideia Institute to offer an exciting study tour to Pompeii and Rome from June 16-23, 2016. On this trip, students had the opportunity to see and discuss works and sites they had learned about in their Latin and Humanities IX classes and also experience local culture and cuisine—including daily gelato breaks! The tour began with a hike to the top of Mt. Vesuvius and an exploration of the ancient ruins of Pompeii before continuing on to Rome, where students visited such museums and sites as the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Museum, and the Borghese Gallery.  The tour ended with a day trip to Hadrian’s Villa and Villa d’Este, where students hunted for ancient texts and references in the lush Renaissance gardens. Highlights of the trip included reading aloud Mark Antony’s Funeral Oration from Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar where it actually happened in the Roman Forum and seeing the metamorphosis of Daphne take place before their very eyes when learning about Bernini’s amazing ability to bring classical myths to life in sculpture. By seeing works from the Republican period of Ancient Rome through the 17th Century Baroque era, students were able to more fully understand the lasting impact of the Classics throughout various time periods of history and art, practice their Latin translation skills, and gain an appreciation for Rome as an ever-evolving city.