Vergil, Aeneas and Augustus:
A Workshop in Italy for AP Latin Teachers
July 18 - 29, 2011

Detailed Information

Direcrtors: Steven Tuck & Amy Leonard

This program is designed to help high school teachers in teaching the AP Vergil syllabus. New teachers, teachers planning to start an AP program, and experienced teachers looking to develop their teaching skills will all benefit. The program will give AP Vergil teachers additional ideas and skills to enable them to enrich their AP courses. Time will also be spent on the Caesar material shortly to be added to the syllabus. They will discuss the free-response questions of the AP Vergil exam, develop passage-based multiple- choice questions in the AP exam style, design grading rubrics for essays and translations, and plan the classroom curriculum. Much of the program will take place on the sites either where Vergil lived and wrote or where the Aeneid was set. The workshop will be organized with mornings spent in study sessions and reading the Aeneid in Latin, a lunch break, and then afternoon site and museum visits, with some on-site readings. Many evenings will allow an hour or so for additional group sight reading after dinner. Sites include: Rome (Forum, Palatine, Ara Pacis), Temple of Apollo and Atrium of the Sibyl at Cumae, Lake Avernus, Tomb of Vergil, Sperlonga, Pompeii, Lavinium, Herculaneum and Vesuvius

Most of the sites will be visited from our headquarters at the Villa Vergiliana, the overseas Study Center of the Vergilian Society in Italy. For information on the Villa,

Cost and Scholarships
The Program costs $2,595. The fee includes all room and board, all transportation during the program, site and museum admissions, a packet with site plans, maps, readings and selections from ancient texts, and attendance certificate. The deadline for applications and $750 deposit is April 30, 2011. The balance is due June 15, 2011. If these deadlines present any problem (due to late scholarship announcements, etc.) please contact Dr. Tuck at Some scholarship support is available from the Vergilian Society. Please apply separately by March 1, 2011 at In addition, relevant scholarships are awarded by the APA, AIA, ACL, CAMWS as well as other professional organizations. Be sure to check out their scholarships early.

Application deadline: Early registration (by March 15) is advised, to be certain of reaching the minimum number of participants required to ensure the tour can take place. For further information email Dr. Steven Tuck at

Responses from last year's participants:

Images from last year's workshop are available here

Graduate Credits and Grades
Miami University has partnered with the Vergilian Society as our graduate credit-granting authority. Graduate credit is optional and available for an additional fee. Each participant can earn 3 credits of 600 level Latin or Classics course credit for successful completion of the program. Ohio residents qualify for a 50% discount on tuition. For further information and enrollment for credit click here.

Continuing Education Units
Miami University is our partner in providing Continuing Education Units for this workshop. For successful completion of the program, Miami will grant 6.0 CEUs. Each participant will receive a signed attendance certificate at the end of the workshop noting their 60 contact hours for the program. Participating teachers are reminded of the need to gain approval for the CEUs with their respective districts prior to the program. We are willing to assist with this however we can.

NB: The College Board has announced that the AP Vergil Syllabus will still be in effect thru 2012 and that Vergil will remain a large part of the new syllabus starting with the 2013 exam.

Itinerary of Site Visits

July 18
The Age of Augustus: the Campus Martius of Augustus: Ara Pacis, Augustus' Mausoleum, obelisks, Pantheon, Baths of Agrippa
This walk takes us through the Augustan building projects in the great Campus Martius. We see how Augustus refounded Rome as a new capital and how the Aeneid inspired the design and decoration of much of this new Rome.

July 19
The Rome of Augustus: Forum Romanum, Palatine Hill, Forum Augustum
In this excursion we visit the Augustan buildings in the Roman Forum as well as Augustus' great extension to it and his work on the Palatine creating links between himself, Romulus, Julius Caesar and Vergil's presentation of great men in Roman history.

July 20
The Rome of Evander: Tiber, Temple of Hercules, Forum Boarium, Forum Holitorium, Lupercal, Capitoline Hill
Follow in the footsteps of Aeneas himself as we trace the description of Rome from book 8 of the Aeneid, seeing the sites that Vergil did as well as those that were here in the early days of Rome.

July 21
Aeneas' Landfall in Italy: Lavinium, Pomezia, Sperlonga, travel to the Villa Vergiliana
We say farewell to Rome, visiting the tomb of Aeneas at Lavinium along with the museum of material from this important city. A second stop at the fantastic villa of Tiberius at Sperlonga introduces the enormous groups of sculpture illustrating scenes of the Aeneid.

July 22
Vergil's Underworld: Lake Avernus, passageway to the underworld, Solfatara
A Vergil workshop wouldn't be complete without a trip to the underworld. We visit Lake Avernus, the site of the entrance to the underworld in ancient authors including Vergil. We also explore the Solfatara, an active volcanic crater, to better understand the nature of the volcanic landscape as it was here in antiquity.

July 23
Pompeii and Augustus: Pompeii
We spend a full day at Pompeii concentrating on the material, like the temples of Venus and Apollo, that informs our understanding of Vergil. We also introduce critical buildings such as that of Eumachia that were inspired by Augustan dedications in Rome. Additional stops in Pompeian houses as well as public buildings.

July 24
Echoes of Vergil in Naples: National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Tomb of Vergil
Visit the most important archaeological museum in Europe. Highlights include wall paintings from Pompeii illustrating scenes from Vergil as well as galleries of sculptures that Vergil himself was familiar with.

July 25
Coastal Campania of Aeneas and Augustus: Baiae, site and museum, Misenum, beach stop
The site of Baiae, a Roman bathing resort that saw the death of Marcellus, as well as the Bay of Baiae, Puteoli, and the site of Misenum fill the afternoon. We finish the afternoon at a beach in the neighborhood of Misenum.

July 26
The Sibyl: Cumae: Temple of Apollo, atrium of the Sibyl
The most important Vergilian site anywhere is within walking distance from our Villa. We study the founding of Cumae and the origins of Greek colonization as well as the history of the oracles on the site of Cumae. The exploration culminates with our own visit to the shrine of the Sibyl, the oracle of Apollo.

July 27
Greek Colonies and Native inhabitants: Paestum
A full day at Paestum allows us to visit three of the best-preserved Greek temples anywhere, a founder's tomb much like that of Aeneas, and amazing ancient Italian tombs whose paintings match Vergil's descriptions of funeral games. A survey of the Roman colony shows us their assimilation of earlier cultures.

July 28
Hercules and Vulcan: Herculaneum, Villa of the Papyri, Vesuvius
We have the chance to explore the small town of Herculaneum as well as a house, the Villa of the Papyri, which Vergil visited and where we believe he studied. The day concludes with a hike up Vesuvius to visit the rim of this amazing volcano.

July 29
Departure from the Villa Vergiliana and return to Rome

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