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UGA Classics in Rome

 Rome, the Eternal City, is a city of living history.  To walk among the city's storied ruins, winding streets, fountains, palaces, and churches is to walk through the pages of history and encounter famous emperors, saints, and artists, but also the ancient Romans unknown to us who filled the seats of the Colosseum, walked the Sacred Way in the Roman Forum, enjoyed the Roman Baths, and witnessed history in the making since its founding in 753 BCE. Join UGA faculty to experience unique tours and visits to Rome's most iconic sites and monuments.

The Department of Classics encourages its majors and minors to study abroad to enhance their understanding of the classical world. The Department operates its own Study Abroad program in Rome (UGA Classics in Rome) which offers undergraduate students nine hours of course credit during the summer. 

During this trip, students will be staying in Rome, but they will take two multi-day trips. The first, to the Bay of Naples area to visit Pompeii, Herculaneum, various villas buried by the eruption of Vesuvius, Paestum, and the Archaeological Museum of Naples. The second multi-day trip contextualizes the reception of ancient Rome in the Renaissance with visits to Pienza and Florence, Tuscany. Other day-long excursions include the Etruscan sites of Cerveteri and Tarquinia, to Hadrian's Villa and Villa d'Este in Tivoli, and to the ancient Roman port town of Ostia Antica.

Link to Winter Newsletter 2021


Winter Newsletter 2021

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winternewsletter2021Colosseum Christmas Elena Bianchelli

Dear UGA Classics in Rome Alumni,

No one will deny that the last two years have been challenging. After celebrating the program’s 50th Anniversary with a big reunion in the fall of 2019, we were ready to start our second semicentennial when Covid hit. Like all study abroad programs, ours was affected and we had to cancel the 2020 and 2021 trips. However, things have improved and we are now preparing and looking forward to summer 2022.

Recruiting for summer 2022 has been very successful and we have a lot more applicants than spots available. As always, the biggest hurdle for the students is finding ways to finance their trip. Although we always try to keep the fees down, some of those who were accepted are still unsure if they will be able to come due to cost concerns. The scholarships that we are able to offer thanks to the generosity of our donors are a tremendous help. In the past few years we have been able to award a good number of David Thompson and Linda Piper scholarships as well as grants from the Rome Study Abroad Support Fund. Now we are about to start awarding the Edward and Jenny Best Scholarship , and we are overjoyed to announce a newly created one: the Tom Poss Scholarship. All these professors loved Rome, they believed in the value of studying there, and they played a very important part in the success of the program as well as the Classics department. There is no better way to honor their memory than by donating and supporting students who want to participate in the program.

Best wishes to everybody for a peaceful and merry Holiday Season,




Elena Bianchelli, Program Director

Gifts to our scholarship funds allows us to make study abroad a reality for many of our students. Your support is greatly appreciated.


Edward and Jenny Best

(newly created thanks to the generosity of the Best family)

Dr. Best, a well-respected member of the UGA Classics faculty from 1961 to 1997, decided to start a study abroad program in Rome and Greece in 1970, and he went along with his wife Jenny and their three very young children. He returned as the program director in 1971, 72, 75, 76, 77, and 82. His courageous and forward-looking decision to take a group of students to Rome and Greece was the start of the now 51-year-old program.


Tom Poss

(newly created thanks to the generosity of the Poss family)

We all remember Dr. Tom Poss as a beloved friend with an interest and expertise in every possible field. He was a member of the UGA Classics Department from 1976 to 2005. He joined the faculty of the program in 1978 and 1984 and both times he was also visited by his girlfriend, and later wife, Brenda. He infused the program with endless charm and fun.


The David Thompson Scholarship

(our first scholarship)

A member of the UGA Classics Department between 1971 to 1977, Dr. Thompson joined the UGA Classics in Rome faculty as the assistant professor in 1974, 1987, and 1992, but he was also a frequent guest of the program, especially during the Campania trip. In his will, he provided for the first scholarship for our program.



Linda Piper Award (Shared with the History department and awarded by Classics in odd years)

Dr. Piper was a member of the UGA History Department where she specialized in Classical History. She joined UGA Classics in Rome in 1985. The scholarship that was established in her name is awarded in alternate years by the Classics and the History Departments.


The Rome Study Abroad Support Fund

(for the program’s specific needs and also to award grants)

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In the past, grants have been offered in memory of Drs. Jimmy Alexander and Timothy Gantz, and in honor of Drs. Jim Anderson, Bob Curtis, and Ingrid Edlund-Berry.

From left to right:
Dr. Jimmy Alexander (1973, 74, 78, 79, 81, 83)
Dr. Timothy Gantz (1977-80, 1983-2003)
Dr. James Anderson (1981, 2003-13)
Dr. Robert Curtis (1980, 1982)
Dr. Ingrid Edlund-Berry (1975, 1976)

Additional Financial Assistance is provided by the UGA Parents Leadership Council.

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Watch now!

Watch the full video, Roma Amor by Alan Flurry, about UGA Classics Study Abroad in Rome HERE!

Watch the full video, Filmed by Anna Conti, Summer 2016 HERE!

Watch the full video, Filmed by Alan Flurry, Summer 2014 HERE

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Additional Information

  • Location: Rome, Italy, founded in 753 B.C.
  • Institution: The University of Georgia Department of Classics. The department founded the UGA Classics in Rome program in 1970.
  • Student Body: Approximately 20 students per summer.
  • Housing: The Caelian Hill (Celio) steps away from the Colosseum.
  • Orientation at UGA in March.
  • Courses: CLAS 4350 (Ancient Rome), CLAS 4400 (The Art of Rome), and CLAS 4305 (The Urban Tradition of Rome) or LATN 4405 (The Latin Tradition of Rome).
  • Activities:  Participants take three upper level courses focused on the city of Rome, all of which include regular group field trips and explorations in the city. The focus is on the various periods in Rome's history and its reception in later periods (medieval, renaissance, baroque, fascist). 
  • The program begins in Athens, Greece. Day trips outside the city of Rome include visits to the Etruscan sites of Tarquinia and Cerveteri, Hadrian’s villa and the Villa d’Este at Tivoli, and other venues. The group takes two multi-day trips to: the Bay of Naples to visit Pompeii and other ancient sites buried by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, the Naples National Archaeological Museum, the Greek temples at Paestum, and other ancient remains in Campania. Florence, Tuscany with a visit to Pienza to study Renaissance humanism.
  • Faculty: Dr. Elena Bianchelli (UGA) is the Program Director who will lead daily activities and excursions with UGA faculty.
  • Program Fees: See the fees HERE. PROGRAM COSTS DO NOT INCLUDE AIRFARE OR TUITION. Students who are not residents of Georgia or do not attend a University System of Georgia school will pay an additional $250 out of state fee. UGA tuition and fees will be charged to the student account, just as if the student were taking classes on campus, and must be paid before the departure for Rome.
  • **PLEASE NOTE: This program is physically strenuous. Participants must be able to climb hills and walk several miles a day over uneven terrain.**

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UGA Classics explores Greek and Roman culture (material; intellectual; religious) from Troy to Augustine; Classical languages and literatures (Greek, Latin, and in English translation); and the reception of Classical Antiquity with A.B. and M.A. degrees in Classics with multiple areas of emphasis. The Minor in Classical Culture complements degree programs across campus. New to Classics? Take a course with us on campus or in Europe and acquire future-ready skills.

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