Classical Education in Rome

Classical Education in a Classical Setting

Would you like to finish your school year by traveling to one of the most beautiful places in the world, learning from our expert guides and professors, and sharing lifelong memories with your classmates and colleagues? 

The first run of Classical Education in Rome was a great success! The 2020 program will be June 15-27. Register here!

Most days will begin with a morning tour in Rome, after which we will return to Due Santi, "Two Saints," the popular nickname for the University of Dallas' Eugene Constantin Rome Campus, as according to legend Peter and Paul met on or near the campus on their way into Rome. There will then be lunch and the riposo (the Italian equivalent to the siesta), during which time students can swim in the pool, take a walk in the vineyard, or hang out at the cappuccino bar. There will be class in the late afternoon, and after dinner, while the sun is setting over the vineyard and the Tyrrhenian Sea is shimmering in the distance, there will be some social or academic activity, such as further discussions in the piazza about epic poetry, Shakespeare, Rome, or classical education, often over a glass of Due Santi Rosso.

Your professor is both tour guide and instructor, and the city is your second classroom.

Yes, I have finally arrived to this Capital of the World! I now see all the dreams of my youth coming to life… Only in Rome is it possible to understand Rome.”  - Goethe

This program combines instruction time in the classroom with instruction on tour in and around the city. Reflecting the experience gained through over 40 years of its famous Undergraduate Rome Program, the University of Dallas also provides extraordinary study tours for adults. Courses can be taken for credit or audited, and the trip is open to adults both in and outside of the UD Classical Education degree programs. Don't hesitate to contact us to request further information.

Ready to apply? Click here to register!

Hear from previous program attendees:

Mara BorerMara Borer

This program was a much needed intellectual retreat after the business of teaching during the school year. The flow of morning site visits, afternoon class, evening free time for private study and rest, and ample opportunity for engaging (and amusing) conversations with fellow teachers revitalized my personal academic life in a relaxed but wonder-filled way. Dr. Moran's capable guidance around the city and through the texts was an absolute delight. I was so thankful for the opportunity to take this course.

Emily LinzEmily Linz

With your professors and classmates, you see the foundations of Western civilization in Rome, and it is simultaneously wonderful and humbling.  Class lectures and readings came to life as we walked around the city, and we were able to return to Due Santi campus for enlightening and leisurely classroom discussions.  It was a gift to go to Rome and get antiquity on my shoes!


Katherine MonwaiKatherine Monwai

If I want my students to develop relationships with the people of the Ancient civilizations, with Ovid and Sophocles and Aristotle and Shakespeare, then I have to be farther along than they on that journey. I'm not sure there's a better way to deepen my relationships with the past, with artists and their art, and the many books that I have read in this education from the Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance authors than to spend time walking the streets and seeing the sights of Rome. The beauty of the Due Santi campus, the good food and wine, the camaraderie of learning alongside other teachers from classical schools, and the time spent in the city all fed my mind as well as my soul. We teachers walk out of our classrooms in May feeling pretty depleted. After my time in Rome, my cup was full.

Trip Dates: Monday, June 15th - Saturday, June 27th, 2020


The following courses were offered for the Summer 2019 program. The courses for Summer 2020 are likely to be similar, though there may be one more option. They will be announced by the middle of October 2019.

Shakespeare, the Renaissance, and the Baroque (3 credits)

In this program, the playwright is our teacher and the city of Rome our second classroom. The course will focus on two plays that concern education, The Taming of the Shrew and The Tempest, in the first of which Shakespeare engages with the ideas that shaped the culture of the Renaissance, in the latter those which shaped the Baroque. To understand better these especially important and glorious periods in Western Civilization, there will be walking tours of Rome that focus on the ancient sites, such as the Coliseum, the Forum, and the Pantheon, that inspired the thinkers and artists of the Renaissance, and on the churches, museums, and piazzas in which one can view the works of the Baroque masters Caravaggio, Bernini, and Borromini.

Strategies of Poetic Composition in the Classical Epics & Tragedy (3 credits)

The poems of Homer and Virgil and the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides, their shared genre classifications as epic or tragedies notwithstanding, each have their peculiar strategies of exposition. Each of these poets have their own individual ways of attracting the audience that they want from among the audiences that they have. This course will focus on four or five books each of the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid.  We will examine the 'conversations' that arise between these works. Simply put, the Odyssey is fully aware of the Iliad, and the Aeneid presents insoluble difficulties on almost every page without the tacit commentary of Homer's epics. In the tragic poets the course will examine five or six plays whose protagonists are borrowed from Homer. Here, we will also resort to Aristotle's account of tragic action in the Poetics.



In addition to the courses offered, guided tours of Rome and nearby sites will by given by Dr. David Davies and Dr. Andrew Moran, both of whom have years of experience leading students in Rome. Site visits for "Shakespeare, the Renaissance, and the Baroque" will include the Coliseum and the Forum, the Pantheon, St. Peter's Basilica, Galleria Borghese, the exquisite smaller Baroque churches S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, S. Andrea al Quirinale, and S. Maria Vittoria, and various piazzas, including Navona and the Spanish Steps. Site visits for "Strategies of Poetic Composition in the Classical Epics & Tragedy" will include many of the above, as well as additional attractions in and around Rome of particular interest for the study of the Aeneid.


Dr. Moran is the author of five articles on Shakespeare, and is beginning a book, Shakespeare Ludens: Figurative Language and Comedic Modes as Play Elements, which in part will consider how Shakespeare's humanist education as a boy in Stratford shaped him as a playwright. He has taught Shakespeare to graduate students, undergraduates, and high school students at Due Santi since 2000.

David Oliver Davies, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of English and Classics & Director of the Literature Program in the Institute of Philosophic Studies

Dr. Davies has a number of articles and book reviews focused on the poetry of John Milton and its relation to Classical poets and Socratic philosophy. His book, Milton's Socratic Discourse: The Conversations of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost, was published by Lexington Books in September of 2017. He is presently at work on a companion volume devoted chiefly to Milton's Paradise Regaine'd and Samson Agonistes.


Rome Program Cost

From the dome of St. Peter’s one can see every notable object in Rome… He can see a panorama that is varied, extensive, beautiful to the eye, and more illustrious in history than any other in Europe.
- Mark Twain
The base rate of the trip is $1,995, which includes housing on campus in a double occupancy dorm with a shared bathroom, meals, transportation, tours, museum fees and tips. Single rooms and other rooming arrangements are available at additional cost. Airfare is not included.
Participants may select to audit a course or take a course for credit at the regular tuition rates, in addition to the base rate of the trip.
Key details:
  • This program is also open to alumni, spouses and other family members. Participants who do not take the courses for credit will pay audit fees rather than tuition. Housing for family members is not guaranteed and availability will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • There is no guarantee that the courses offered in Rome will count toward completion of your specific program. Please consult your graduate director before registering for Rome courses.
  • Note that credit-seeking students who are not enrolled in one of UD's Classical Education degree programs will pay the regular Braniff tuition and fees. Non-credit-seeking students who wish to attend classes must pay the regular Braniff audit fee.

This program only happens each summer if we have enough interest and commitment from students. Please let us know if you are seriously interested in this program by December 15th, 2019.

Program Deposit:

A $500 deposit is due by January 15, 2020. All program fees become non-refundable after February 15, 2020.

Please be sure to review the University's statement on accessibility and physical health prior to submitting your application. 

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