Hiram College

Italy – Spring 3-Week; April-May, 2022

The Faculty

Matthew Notarian, Assistant Professor of Classics

Christopher Ryan, Associate Professor of Art

The Courses

INTD 28000: Layers of Rome:  Art & Archaeology of the Eternal City (3 credit hours)

CLAS/ART 28000:  Layers of Rome: Art & Archaeology of the Eternal City Prequel (1 credit hour) Required during spring 12-week session

Class Requirements:
Participants will enroll in a 1-credit class during the Fall 12-week semester, which will meet for a period of six weeks and will prepare everyone for the Fall 3-week term trip. Mandatory orientation sessions will be held on campus before departure. Students are expected to attend all class meetings and participate fully in discussions and excursions. Participants should be in good physical condition as there will be long walks and lots of steps.

Cultural Immersion

This 18-day study abroad program, based in Rome, Italy, with day-trips to surrounding towns and a two-day journey to the Bay of Naples region, is an interdisciplinary exploration of the many layers of Rome. While the focus of our study will be the ancient world (c. 1000 BC – 5th c. AD), we will explore how the material remains of antiquity are integrated and intermixed within a complex, bustling, modern metropolis that weaves together Medieval churches, Baroque palaces, and Fascist parade routes into a multilayered palimpsest. One of the world’s great urban centers for over three millennia, Rome is an ideal location for an exploration of art and archaeology. The Eternal City has been a draw for artists for centuries.

While artists and artisans have always been actively employed in Rome, the revived interest in antiquity born in the Renaissance witnessed droves of artists and scholars flocking to Rome. A trip to Rome was viewed as de rigeur to “finish” one’s education and broaden one’s world view. Rome’s majestic architecture, warm light, rich textures and colors, and astounding vistas have inspired visual artists for centuries. Moreover, visits to Rome’s countryside and its pastoral landscapes dotted with ancient ruins were also considered essential. Our course includes day-trips to the important suburban archaeological sites of Ostia, Tarquinia, Cerveteri, and Tivoli that will illuminate specific time periods (and their art and architecture) that remain difficult to comprehend within the urban complexity of Rome, while an excursion to the Bay of Naples will allow us to see the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum and their unparalleled level of preservation.

The Itinerary

This trip will travel to Orvieto, the Bay of Naples, Cerveteri, Tarquinia, Ostia Antica, Tivoli, and Palestrina, examining early Roman history, taking a tour of the underground with its Etruscan tunnels, wells, and other archaeological spaces. Each town we visit will have insights into a layer of history from the volcanic eruption of Vesuvius in 79 AD to burial tombs from the ninth and first centuries BC, and much more.

Program Details

  • Program Costs:  $4,300 above tuition, room, and board.  Costs include travel expenses, accommodations, and meals.  Personal expenses, passport fees, and independent travel are not included.
  • Application Deadline: October 8, 2021A $75 non-refundable fee will be due upon receipt of your application.
Matthew Notarian Headshot

Matthew Notarian, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Classics
Director of Study Abroad


Matthew Notarian is the main point of contact for all things related to study abroad at Hiram College.

Address and Fax Number:

Hiram College
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PO Box 67
Hiram, OH  44234