Rome Means Latin and Learning for 18 Groton Students

Eighteen Groton students and three faculty members explored Rome, Naples, and Pompeii over spring vacation, witnessing ancient history through the lenses of Latin and literature.

In Rome, students visited a long list of historic sites, including the Colosseum, the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basicila and the Vatican Museums, the Circus Maximus, the Baths of Caracalla, the Spanish Steps, the Trevi Fountain, and the Theater of Pompey. They also explored Campo dei Fiori, Piazza Navona, Piazza Farnese, Trastevere, Piazza del Popolo, and the ancient catacombs on the Via Appia Antica. Excursions outside Rome included a day trip to Ostia, Ancient Rome's port town at the mouth of the Tiber; a visit to the Naples Archeological Museum and the ancient site of Cumae; and an exploration of the excavations in Pompeii. 
The trip, led by a history teacher and two Latin teachers, integrated an informal history—and literature-based curriculum—including lectures, discussions, and readings--to help make the itinerary more meaningful. Learn more by reading the blog students kept during their trip.