The Roman Imperium

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The Roman Imperium
Summer 2012

Hist 346g

Bill Cumiford (
The Roman Empire, extending from its origins in central Italy, spread throughout Europe to dominate western civilization for nearly half a millennium. Rome drew its inspiration from the ancient heart of the city of Rome and later extended the imperial presence to the outer reaches of Gaul, Germany, and Britain. That presence is seen today in the ruins and artifacts reflecting ancient Rome’s tremendous power and influence. Participants in this course will visit the core of this great civilization in Italy and will later survey Roman sites in Britain. In Italy we will be conducting excursions to the Colosseum, the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, the Appian Way and the Catacombs, Pompeii and Florence. In Britain participants will visit the Roman excavations and museums at Bath and ancient Roman settlements and sites in London, York, Colchester and St. Albans.
Friday, June 29

Cumiford and Estes leave LAX mid-afternoon

Saturday, June 30

Professors arrive in Rome

Sunday, July 1

Students arrive in Rome and make own way to hotel via train to the Termini Railway Station

Monday, July 2

Evening walking tour from the Campo de’ Fiori, via the Piazza Navona and Trevi Fountain to the Spanish Steps

Welcome dinner near the Pantheon

Tuesday, July 3

Walking tour of the Colosseum, Forum, and Capitoline Museum

Picnic-style lunch

Wednesday, July 4

Tour of the Catacombs (morning)

Picnic-style lunch

Thursday, July 5

Walking tour of Vesuvius and Pompeii

Picnic-style lunch

Friday, July 6

Free Day

Saturday, July 7

Walking tour of Ostia Antica

Picnic-style lunch

Sunday, July 8

Walking tour of Florence with visits to the Galleria delli’ Accademia, Santa Croce and a climb to the top of the Duomo’s Campanile

Picnic-style lunch in the Piazza di Santissima Anunziata

Monday, July 9

Leave Rome/Arrive London

Tuesday, July 10

Free Day

Wednesday, July 11

Walking tour of the City including St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Temple of Mithras

Picnic-style lunch

Thursday, July 12

Walking tour of Bath including the Roman Baths Museum

High Tea at the Pump Room

Friday, July 13

Walking tour of Colchester including the Colchester Castle and Museum and the

Balkerne Gate

Picnic-style lunch

Saturday, July 14

Walking tour of York including Roman ruins, York Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the city wall

Picnic-style lunch

Sunday, July 15

Walking tour of Roman Verulamium (St. Albans) and the St. Albans Museum

Lunch at “Ye Olde Fighting Cocks” Restaurant

Monday, July 16

Free Day

Tuesday, July 17

Research Day at the British Museum and the City Museum of London

Phantom of the Opera in the evening

Picnic-style lunch

Wednesday, July 18

Professors depart

Course includes

Hotel in central Rome, 4 per room, air cond. and continental breakfasts

Dorms in central London, 1-3 per room and breakfast

Three 3-day Roma Passes for Rome

One weekly London Transport Pass (zones one and two)

One daily London Transport Pass (zones one and two)

4-day BritRail Consecutive England Student Pass

Eurostar train to and from Florence

Flight from Rome to London
Course does not include

Air travel to Rome and from London for students

Ground transportation from the Rome airport to the hotel for students

Ground transportation from the dorm to the London airport for students

Tuition is free for those who have been at Chapman for at least

two semesters prior to the summer session of 2012

For more information including a video of last year’s trip go to:
Directory: wilkinson

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