A train ride from Germany to Italy through snow-covered Alps. The Pope’s blessing in St. Peter’s Square. Gazing clear blue sky through the oculus of Rome’s magnificent Pantheon. A somber visit to the concentration camp of Dachau. Walking through the once-volcanic ash-buried streets of ancient Pompeii.
These are some of the highlights 24 students experienced in the interim course “Journey to Rome: Approaching and Exploring the Eternal City” led by Markus Dubischar, associate professor of classics and Charles Elliott Scholar of Roman and Greek, and Nestor Gil, associate professor of art.
The 19-day journey combined classroom sessions with extensive archeological, cultural, and art-historical excursions. By following a centuries-old travel route from Germany to southern Italy, it sought to recreate the transformational experience noblemen, intellectuals, and artists pursued by traveling to the Eternal City during the 18th and 19th centuries.