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Spring 2018 Extended Study to Italy

Classics 250 and 250E: The Ancient Roman City

Director: Professor William Stull, Department of Classics
On-campus course: Spring 2018
Tentative extended study dates: May 22 - June 11, 2018
Course credit: One credit for CLAS 250; one-half credit for CLAS 250E
Prerequisites: Latin 122 or a higher-level language course in Latin; CLAS 250 during spring semester directly preceding departure
Application deadline: October 27, 2017

On-campus seminar followed by three-week extended study in Italy

To Apply:

Along with the completed application, please submit the following documents to Please indicate your preferred Extended Study destination in the subject line of your email.
  1. Download and complete the Extended Study application here.
  2. A personal essay of no more than 500 words, either as a Word document or PDF, explaining why you wish to join this extended study program and what contribution it will make to your education. Also include, if you wish, any characteristics or qualities you possess that you feel would benefit the group.
  3. Your unofficial transcript. Unofficial transcripts may be printed and/or downloaded from Colgate's Portal (
  4. A copy of your passport (if you have one)


This extended study course traces the history of ancient Roman civilization—in all of its fascinating political, economic, social, religious, and cultural dimensions—from the origins of the city in the eighth century B.C. down to the period of the High Empire in the second century A.D.

By encountering at first-hand the material culture of Rome, Pompeii, and Herculaneum, the course investigates what life was like for men, women, and children of every status and socio-economic class. From the vast villas and palaces of the emperors to the modest quarters of slaves, students will explore in detail the settings of Roman private life. Considerable attention will also be given to great public monuments (temples, theaters, baths, basilicas, arenas) and the story they tell about the ways in which the empire developed and expressed its power.

Students will spend approximately two weeks in Rome and one week in Pompeii and nearby locations around the Bay of Naples.