Rome Through The Ages

Rome Through The Ages is a three credit, interdisciplinary course taught in the Spring semester. Students will be able to take this course for credit in history, theology, or art, whichever one for which they sign up. This course on Roman culture will embrace several unusual features. The classroom experience will be limited to 15 classes taught on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The remaining course requirements will be fulfilled by participation in an 8 day trip to the city of Rome during the Spring break. The focus of our excursion to Rome will be on-site visits to some of the most important and interesting historical, artistic and religious monuments of one of Europe’s most important and beautiful cities.

Onsite visits in Rome include the following places and many others not mentioned: the Fora, Colosseum, Circus Maximus, Seven Hills, Pantheon, Museums(Capitoline and Vatican), Vatican City(St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Library, Grottoes) the Major Basilicas, churches of diverse architectural styles and those containing major artistic forms(painting, sculpture, frescoes, mosaics) created by the world’s most renowned artists such as Giotto and Fra Angelico, Michelangelo and Raphael, Caravaggio and Bernini.

Included in the trip will be attendance at the Wednesday general audience with the Pope at St. Peter’s

Important considerations for prospective students include the following requirements:

the course is limited to 20 students;

enrollment will be available to qualified students only from any of the four classes of HCC students, first year to fourth year students;

2 academic pre-requisites for the course include from any of the following courses:

Theo 140(Intro to Theology)
Hist 101(Western Civilization I) or Hist 102(Western Civilization II)
Hist 323 (Greek Civilization) or Hist 331(Renaissance and Reform)
Art 115(Art History Survey)
Latin I or II

In addition to the tuition fee for the class itself, the cost of the trip will be announced later once it is set by our travel agent and will include ground and air transportation to and from Rome, hotel accommodations and continental breakfasts at the hotel, and tickets to museums and public transportation in the City.

Enrollment for this class will take place in the Fall semester during the times regularly scheduled for signing up for classes. Shortly after the school year begins this August an informational meeting will take place where I will provide more specific details about the class and the trip and where potentially interested students will have an opportunity to ask pose questions they may have regarding these.

For more information regarding the class or the trip to Rome contact:

Fr. Michael Sullivan, csc
Theology/Philosophy Chair
Holy Cross College
(574) 239 8419

Rome City Tour—Tentative Itinerary

Your adventure begins when you board your overnight flight for Rome.

Arrive in Rome this morning where you will be met and transferred to your hotel, The Pomezia. This afternoon walk to the Piazza della Rotonda where you will find the Pantheon, a Roman masterpiece, one of the largest, most complete ancient buildings, which was constructed about AD 125. It has a huge concrete dome with a central oculus opened to the sky, representing a major engineering feat. This Temple of all the Gods, for nineteen centuries had the biggest dome in the world, and also the bronze doors are the largest that actually exist from the ancient Roman world. Inside the temple, you will find the tombs of the first two kings of the Italian State, and also the tomb of the painter Raphael. The piazza was Rome’s fish market for centuries turning into a bird market in the 19th century. You will also visit Santa Maria sopra Minerva church with Michelangelo’s statue of Jesus the Redeemer, the Piazza Navona & the Bernini Fountains as well as the Church of San Luigi dei Franchesi and the Church of St. Augustine where you will view several paintings of Caravaggio.

Colosseum -RomeJoin Father Michael Sullivan, CSC for Mass at a local church. This afternoon enjoy another day of sight-seeing including the Roman Forum & Colosseum and Rome’s earliest hills, the Capitoline, the Palatine and the Aventine. The beginnings of Rome initiated in the area known as the Roman Forum and the Palatine Hill, essential parts of any tour in Rome, and must be visited! Within an acceptable walking distance the remains of the centers of government, entertainment and religion can be admired: the Senate House, the Temple of Vesta and the Colosseum. The Colosseum is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Rome, with an elliptical shape that measures over 530 meters in circumference and could hold over 50,000 people, who would enter it from its eighty doors. For more than three hundred years it was the place where the Romans could enjoy cruel shows such as ferocious combats between gladiators, public massacres where criminals and undesirables were fed to wild beasts, and mock naval battles.

St. Peter's Square -RomeSpend your day in Rome exploring St. Peter’s Square, the Basilica, roof, dome & crypt. The opulent, gilt-encrusted St. Peter’s is the most imposing church in Christendom and the ultimate destination for pilgrims and visitors interested in masterpieces of art and architecture. The dome, designed by Michelangelo, is one of the largest in the world, but when you approach it through Bernini’s monumental Piazza San Pietro, the dome sees to sink behind the church’s high facade, which was designed by Carlo Maderno after Michelangelo’s death.

The basilica contains magnificent works of art, including Michelangelo’s Pieta, the tomb of Clement XIII by Canova and a stunning mosaic by Giotto. The incredible amount of gold mosaic work and Bernini’s enormous, ornate bronze baldachino are striking, as is the sheer size of the building. On the lower level is a crypt where many popes (and four women) are buried.

Vatican Museum -RomeYou’ll also visit the Vatican Museum, where some of the richest collections of artifacts in the world are kept & tour the Sistine Chapel where Michelangelo’s famous frescos cover the ceiling and the Last Judgment, covers the entire wall behind the altar.

St. John Lateran is your sight-seeing destination today. This is the oldest, and ranks first among the four great “patriarchal” basilicas of Rome. The site was, in ancient times, occupied by the palace of the family of the Laterani. You will also visit the Holy Stairs, the Church of San Clemente with two underground Christian churches and a pagan temple as well as the Church of St. Peter in Chains which houses Michelangelo’s magnificent sculpture of Moses.

Castel Sant'Angelo -RomeThe day begins day with a visit to the Pope during a General Papal audience before exploring the Castel Sant’Angelo . The Castel Sant’Angelo was built, as was the Elian bridge in front, by the Emperor Hadrian (117-138) as a Mausoleum for himself and his successors. It was completed by Antoninus Pius in 139. In 271, the Emperor Aurelian incorporated the pile into the defense system he designed: it lost its function as a tomb to become a fortress. The Gianiculum Hill with is large park and one of Rome’s best panoramic views of the city will be a good setting for lunch followed by a tour of the Trastevere region, one of the City’s oldest regions across the Tiber and site of the Basilica of Santa Maria in Trastevere regarded as Rome’s oldest public church.

Your explorations today will include St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, the Catacombs of San Sebastiano, and the Trappist Abbey of the Tre Fontane site of St. Paul’s excution by the sword. About 2 km away on the Via Ostiense rises the Basilica St. Paul outside the walls, built over the burial place of the Apostle of the Gentiles and consecrated in 324. The building of the first place of worship over St. Paul’s tomb has been attributed to the Emperor Constantine.

The Catacombs were a subterranean burial place for the Christians. All catacombs were outside the walls of the city, as there was a law forbidding the burial of bodies within the precincts of Rome. The Catacombs of San Sebastiano were Rome’s first catacombs and served for a period of time as the resting place of the bones both of Saints Peter and Paul.

Your wonderful trip to Rome had to end. This morning you’ll transfer to the airport for your return flight to Chicago. Welcome Home.

For more information regarding the class or the trip to Rome contact:
Fr. Michael Sullivan, csc
Theology/Philosophy Chair
Holy Cross College
(574) 239 8419

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