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The Stones of Ancient Latium

Inscriptions, Archaeological Remains, and the Geographic Contexts of Latium Vetus

How to Apply


We invite applications from students in a broad range of programs: e.g. Classical Studies, History, Archaeology, Geographical Studies, Linguistics, et cetera.  Teachers of High School Latin seeking to improve their familiarity with the archaeology and culture of the ancient Italians are also encouraged to apply.  Our goal is to create a collaborative and multidisciplinary community of scholars at multiple stages in their academic careers.

  • I.  Latin:  As a course focused on Latin inscriptions, the program requires the equivalent of two semesters of university-level Latin. Students, having relevant skills in geographic studies, but not the appropriate  level of Latin preparation, must complete a no-charge, four week, mini-course on the essentials of the Latin language prior to the start of the program.  The mini-course will be offered by the professors Berti and Harrington via distance learning.  Students will be placed in appropriate Latin levels by a Latin Placement Exam on the first day of the course.
  • II.  Roman History:  Students, who have not taken a survey course involving Roman history, will be assigned general readings on Roman chronology to be completed prior to the start of the program.  Students will acquire familiarity with the arc of Roman history and the details of many specific events in the course of studying the archaeology and the Latin sources associated with the sites.
  • III.  Italian:  Knowledge of Italian is not required, but there will be opportunities for students to acquire some familiarity with conversational Italian.



This program will require extensive walking and study of archaeological sites out of doors.  Some sites are located in hilly or brushy terrain.  Students should be in physical condition to walk up to four miles and to spend up to four hours in direct sunlight in the course of a day.  Strong sun-block, wide-brimmed hats, light-weight clothing, and other countermeasures are strongly recommended.  All students should carry ample water and snacks from “Tor Vergata,” as markets will not always be available or open for business near archaeological sites.


The application process will be conducted in electronic format via email.  There are slots for fifteen (15) students in total.  Students will be selected from the pool of applicants based on their complete skill-set, their stated reasons for participation, and the strength of their recommendation letters.  The selection criteria for undergraduate students will, of course, be less strict than for graduate students.

  • I.  Application Form (email the completed form as a PDF)
  • II.  Two (2) academic references (these should be sent via email per the instructions on the application form)


  • Early Application email deadline: March 1st, 2013 (priority admission)
  • Final Application email deadline: April 1st, 2013 (if any slots remain)
  • Announcement of accepted students: by April 3rd, 2013
  • Accepted students must confirm their attendance and secure their slot by a $1,000 deposit (in check or money-order): by April 8th, 2013
  • Full payment deadline: May 1st, 2013

Any students that choose not to confirm by April 8th or are unable to make final arrangements for payment by May 1st will be replaced by students on the wait-list.

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