Mediterranean Crossroads: Peoples and Environments from Sicily to Rome?
This course will explore cultural and historical landscapes from Sicily to Rome, examining the diversity of human–environmental relationships through time based on historical, archaeological, literary and ecological evidence.
Ancient youth learned about Mediterranean peoples and environments from the epic voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas, and from the arduous missions of Heracles. Our journey takes us first to Sicily, the key island at the intersection of Greek and Roman worlds and their cultural interaction with societies in Africa, Asia and Europe. We make our way to Rome, stopping at Pompeii and Naples. Our central themes are cultural and historical landscapes, which are defined by human relationships with the environment. Our perspectives on the nature and diversity of these relationships through time are drawn from historical, archaeological, literary and ecological evidence. Greek colonies and Roman rural estates in Sicily engage us with the issues of ancient and contemporary migrations, settlement patterns and land management, slavery and technology. In Pompeii, a once living city, we study how individuals and states respond to natural disasters. In Rome, we explore a long history of sustainable urban development and state ideology.
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The final program fee will be published here in early December, 2018
There is a $500 deposit - $250 due at the time of application and $250 due by July 31st. Students who begin an application after July 31st will need to submit the full $500 deposit at once. The deposit will be deducted from the total program cost when it is billed in January.
hotel accommodations - twin, triple, and multi-bedded rooms,
continental breakfast daily,
5 lunches and 5 dinners (subject to change)
|For this J-Term Global Studies Course, students will receive 4 credits, but will only be charged for one credit of tuition. The tuition charge is included in the estimate listed, but will appear separately on your bill.
No pre-requisites are required.
The Odyssey/Homer, translation, introduction and notes by B. B. Powell, Oxford University Press 2015.
I. Malkin, A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean, Oxford University Press 2011.
Robert Kebric, Roman People, 4th edition, Mayfield 2005. (ancient texts in translation; chapters on Sicily, Pompeii and Rome).
Amanda Claridge, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press 2010.
Course packet articles and select readings.
20% - Group Participation and Attendance
30% - Academic Journal
20% - Four short reflection essays
30% - Research Paper
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Description of Faculty Directors
Application Procedures & Deadline
||Dr. Schrunk is a History faculty member at the University of St. Thomas specializing in ancient history, archaeology, art and classical languages of the Mediterranean world. She has done research and field work in Europe, the Near East and North Africa. She conducts an archaeological and environmental project on an island in Croatia, with students and volunteers. Dr. Schrunk has led seven UMAIE courses in Rome.
||Tom Schrunk holds an M.A. in Art History and has extensive research, study and work in India, Croatia, Italy, North Africa, Syria and Lebanon. He has been excavating with Dr. Schrunk in Croatia for the past eleven summers and has been assistant director for six UMAIE courses in Rome.
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Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018
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