June 10: Villa Borghese, Campus Martius, Trevi Fountain

This was our last day in Rome, and we savored every minute! A few rose early for a morning run in the Villa Borghese gardens, just up the Via Veneto from our residence hall.

Then after breakfast (both of these cappuccini were for Ms. Cody, by the way)…

the whole group walked to the Villa Borghese galleries to view Bernini’s exquisite (and often classically inspired) sculpture. Continue reading

June 9, 2017: Forum, Palatine, Colosseum

Friday morning we took a quick Metro ride to the heart of ancient Rome.  Even the walk from the subway is picturesque: we get a close-up glimpse of Trajan’s Column as we head to Julius Caesar’s Forum and then, just down the street, the great Forum Romanum.

The sun is high and the Forum is hot, dusty and thin on shade.  But our travelers are well-prepared with sunscreen and water bottles, and we traverse the whole Via Sacra, taking in temples (the site of Juno Moneta’s temple, Magna Mater, Castor & Pollux–Horse Riding Gods!); public buildings; the site of Julius Caesar’s spontaneous cremation; and triumphal arches (Septimius Severus and Titus). Continue reading

June 8, 2017: Vatican Museum and St. Peter’s Basilica

Students gather outside I Cappuccini Guest House (as we did every morning we were in Rome) to take the Metro to the Vatican Museum.  First we count off (Vos numerate: “number yourselves!”).  The six adults count off too, shouting out their assigned Latin present active verb endings (-o! -s! -t! -mus! -tis! -nt!).  Every one of us was unfailingly attentive to the modest dress code required for churches–Williston’s Purpose, Passion, and Integrity were in full bloom!

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Williston Latin Class Jets to Italy

On June 3, a group of 17 Latin students, two parents and three Williston teachers met behind the Phillips Stevens Chapel to set out on an epic journey to Naples and Rome. Our trip was organized through the Paideia Institute, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to foster a close relationship between students and the classics.

After arriving to Fiumicino Airport in Rome the group was all smiles! At the airport we met our Paideia teaching assistant, Mitchell Towne, and boarded a chartered bus bound for Naples Bay.

Read more about this journey to the Eternal City and surrounding sites! Daily posts are below, as are links to Flickr and Facebook photo galleries. Thanks to photographers Beatrice Cody, Ellen Alvord, Sarah Klumpp, and Ethan Bradway. Posts are by Beatrice Cody.


Latin Students Deepen Classics Study at Five College Museums

Williston students investigate ancient cultures.

Honors Latin IV and AP Latin students took a field trip to Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges to deepen their study of ancient cultures.

The group enjoyed a guided tour of the “Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii” exhibit at the Smith College Museum of Art. “A highlight was when the students were given a scented jar and told to identify the scent and then locate an object in the exhibit related to it,” said Latin teacher and Head of the Language Department Beatrice Cody. Scents included frankincense, olive oil, and fish sauce (the Romans’ favorite condiment).

After a quick tour of the Smith College Botanic Garden‘s exhibit on plants of Pompeii (and a bag lunch outside in the garden), the group headed to Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, where Ellen Alvord, Curator of Education and Academic Programs (and a Williston parent) had arranged an exciting visit. Professor Bettina Bergman gave them a tour of the Lares (household gods) exhibit. Then Professor Geoff Sumi sat down with students to examine Roman coins minted under Julius Caesar and Augustus.

“We are lucky to be able to access world-class museums and interact with highly esteemed scholars to enhance our investigation of classics,” Cody added.