Walks in Rome

Humanities Seminars Course

Walks in Rome

Professor of Classics Cynthia White Department of Religious Studies and Classics
Past Course
THURSDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. September 27 - October 25, 2018
Dorothy Rubel/Humanities Seminars Room, 1508 E. Helen Street



For over two millennia, Rome has been central in the West’s symbolic landscape and the city is still filled with the glorious hidden treasures of centuries. The humanist epigram Quanta Roma fuit ruina docet—‘Her ruins teach us how great Rome was,’ invites a study of this hidden city through different thematic lenses. We will explore the monuments but also urban design, architecture, sculpture, town planning, religion, politics, street life, and texts. We will embark upon our own Grand Tour through five itineraries, as we discover and discuss individual artists and their works, such as Bernini’s fountains and Borromini’s whirling spaces; intimate chapels and grand frescoes, like those in Santa Prassede or in the Sistine Chapel; quiet piazzas and talking statues; papal anecdotes and neighborhood festivals; and the films and literature that inspire us to experience Rome both as a material place and as an idea.


Required Reading: 

1. James, Henry. Daisy Miller: Any text (on-line or hard copy) is fine.

2. Wharton, Edith. Roman Fever: Any text (on-line or hard copy) is fine.


CYNTHIA WHITE is Professor of Classics who teaches Latin language and literature and courses on Rome and the ancient world. Her Ph.D. is in Greek and Latin from The Catholic University of America. A Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, she has published on medieval bestiaries, ancient marriage poems, early Christianity, and mirabilia of Rome. She regularly teaches in Rome and Orvieto and organizes a spring break tour of Italy for members of the UA community.  

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