Summer Programs

Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology

In January 2015, with the kind collaboration of the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library, BAV), the American Academy in Rome will offer its first Winter School in Greek Paleography and Codicology. The two curators of Greek manuscripts at the BAV, Dr Timothy Janz and Dr András Németh, will teach the courses and supervise manuscript research. The two-week course will introduce participants to various aspects of manuscript studies and offer an interactive dialogue between theory and practice. (The course will be offered again January 9-20, 2017)

In collaboration with the Vatican Library

Palaeography and codicology seminars in the first week will familiarize the participants with different forms of Greek script through sight-reading practice. As a special strength of this course, extensive library visits at the BAV will enable each student to improve individual research skills according to given criteria, with the aid of the tutors. At the Library, each student will undertake a thorough codicological and paleographical study of a particular manuscript, selected and agreed upon on an individual basis between the participant and the tutors. Discussion sessions will offer a chance to discuss and share research experience within the group and to discuss various problems of theory and practice based on experience at the Vatican Library. 

Several evening lectures by specialists will complete the course, including Msgr. Paul Canart of the Vatican Library and Professor Nigel Wilson of Oxford University.

Applications from graduate and postgraduate students of Classics, History, Theology/Religious Studies, and Byzantine Studies are welcome. Students from Italian and European institutions are most welcome. The course will be taught in English. Prior knowledge of Greek is essential. Applications should include a CV, a letter of intent specifying Greek language experience, research topic, and explaining the applicant’s need for training in paleography and codicology.

Dates: January 5-16 (The course will be offered again January 9-20 2017)


Tuition: 450 euro, 600 American dollars

Housing: Housing is available at the American Academy for those who require it: 

Shared room in an apartment: 450 euro for two weeks 

Single room: 770 euro for two weeks

Room availability cannot be guaranteed and applicants should indicate their need for housing in their application.

Meals: Meals can be purchased at the Academy for 15 euro for lunch, and 27 euro for dinner. Meals are not included in the costs of the program.

Please send application materials to by October 15, 2014. 

The course will be offered again January 9-20 2017.

Classical Summer School

This six-week program is designed to provide qualified graduate students, mature undergraduates, and middle school, high school, and two-year college teachers with a well-founded understanding of the growth and development of the city of Rome through a careful study of material remains and literary sources.

2015 Dates:
June 15 - July 24, 2015

2015 Application Deadline:
February 1, 2015
Notification of acceptance into the program by February 15; scholarships awarded by March 1. 

2015 Director
Professor Genevieve Gessert, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Archaeology, Hood College

Tuition: $2,100
Basic room and board: $2,400 (estimated)
Tuition, room and board will total approximately $4,500, not including airfare, personal expenses and additional, unplanned expenditures. This estimate does not include weekend meals, any travel not directly related to the program of the Summer School, nor expenses such as laundry, tips, amusements, or shopping. 

Students of the Classical Summer School will stay in shared apartments. The estimated room and board cost for 6-week program is $2,400 per person for a shared double room with 5 meals per week at AAR or a local restaurant. Some single rooms will be available at additional cost. Final admission to the program is contingent upon the participant's completion of a room and board application (which will be sent along with the acceptance letter).

Application Materials
The deadline for applications is February 1, 2015. Please thoroughly read the 2015 Guidelines before completing the Classical Summer School Application.

2015 CSS Guidelines (PDF) 
2015 CSS Application Instructions (PDF) 
Online Application Form

Two letters of recommendation are required in support of the application. Letters of recommendation must be emailed to the Director:
Prof. Genevieve Gessert
Department of Art & Archaeology
Hood College

All applicants are eligible for the Sollman and CSAAR Scholarships. Applicants are also encouraged to apply for scholarships offered through their regional and state classical organizations. Applicants for all scholarships MUST ALSO submit the Classical Summer School application to the Director. Middle school, high school teachers and two-year college teachers are eligible to apply for American Academy in Rome Goldman Sachs Scholarships.

List of Available Awards/Scholarships (PDF)

Summer Skills Courses in Archaeology

These intensive courses are intended to provide graduate students and other professionals in archaeology, history, classics and historic preservation (plus occasional upper-level undergraduate students) with hands-on training in skills essential for contemporary practice. With opportunities to put into practice skills learned during the course, these courses are taught by specialists in the field and are offered in rotation in sequential years.

2015 Program

The Howard Comfort, FAAR ’29, Summer Program in Roman Pottery

Archer Martin

Potsherds constitute the most frequent group of finds on archaeological sites in the Mediterranean. Pottery usually offers the most important evidence for dating sites. Furthermore, ceramological databases provide a good source on issues ranging from trade relations to the consumption patterns of food and questions of identity. 

The Summer School in Roman Pottery Studies is a five-week program designed to present the basics of Roman pottery studies, which can be gained only through direct contact with ceramic assemblages. As Rome had the most diversified pottery supply among sites in the ancient world, the AAR is well placed, through its own collections and other material deposited there, to teach a subject rarely offered in institutions outside the classical lands or even within them. Since the School’s establishment in 2006 to honor the memory of Howard Comfort (a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and an eminent scholar of Roman pottery), it has gained a reputation as the premier venue for introducing aspiring scholars to the field, and its alumni are increasingly in demand on projects in Italy and elsewhere.

The summer school will be held on the premises of the American Academy in Rome but includes several visits to important sites and collections of material. The program consists of two major components. At the start of the school, the director, assistant and invited speakers will introduce the various aspects of the study of Roman pottery and present the single ceramic classes with their characteristics and bibliography. In the second component, the participants will apply their knowledge to an assemblage of previously unstudied ceramic material from a suitable archaeological context. This component is designed to give the participants practical experience by working on their own or in small groups under the supervision of the director and the assistants. In previous sessions, analysis of this study assemblage has resulted in a joint publication with school participants as co-authors. For information on the project see:

Workshop on Lusitanian Amphorae
In conjunction with its usual curriculum, the Howard Comfort FAAR ’29 Summer School in Roman Pottery intends to hold a one-day workshop on Lusitanian amphorae, scheduled for 8 July 2015. 

Amphorae produced in the Roman province of Lusitania (modern Portugal) have witnessed an explosion of research in recent decades that has refined their typology and chronology and imroved the knowledge of the installations for making the fish products most of them contained. However, outside Portugal the understanding of these amphorae remains uncertain at best and downright erroneous at worst.

The aim of the workshop is to familiarize the participants in the Summer School and also outside scholars with these developments and with some of the protagonists by inviting three Portuguese specialists (Carlos Fabião, Inês Vaz Pinto, Rui de
Almeida). As southern Spain produced related containers with which the Lusitanian ones can be confused, they will be joined by a specialist from that region (Darío Bernal Casasola). 

In the morning there will be talks by the guests. The afternoon will be dedicated to discussion and examination of materials. We expect to have samples brought by the specialists or vetted by them. We foresee also that those attending can bring
suspected Lusitanian pieces to show.

Director: Archer Martin – Research Associate at the University of Cologne and former Andrew W. Mellon Professor-in-Charge of the AAR’s School of Classical Studies

Assistant: Luana Toniolo – recent PhD of the Università “Ca’ Foscari” di Venezia

22 June to 24 July 2015

Application deadline
16 January 2015

The program is intended for graduate students in archaeology, but qualified advanced undergraduate students and working archaeologists will also be considered. The program is open to candidates of all nationalities with a sufficient command of English. All else being equal, preference will be given to students at institutional members of the American Academy in Rome.

Participants are limited to a maximum of 10 people. 

Costs and Logistics
A fee of $3,000 covers tuition, excursions and materials supplied by the Summer School for use during the program. 

Participants are responsible in addition for their transportation to and from Rome, for their room and board and for any personal expenses. The Summer School expects to accommodate the participants in one or more apartments it will find near the Academy, costing approximately 500 euro per person. This will allow them the possibility of self-catering. Those who wish may arrange their own accommodation. Tickets for lunch and dinner at the AAR are available for purchase. The neighborhood offers also a range of restaurants and snack bars. The total cost of the program, with transportation, is estimated at about $6000, depending on the costs of airfare and individual expenditures on food.

An advance of $1000 toward tuition is to be paid upon acceptance into the program. The balance must be paid to the Academy's office in New York by 10 May 2015. The rent is due upon arrival directly to the landlady, although as a matter of convenience for both sides the director will collect and pass on the money. 

How to Apply
A complete application consists of a cover letter explaining why the program is of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. Applications and all supporting materials, including recommendations, should be sent by email. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the individual referees. 

Applications and Inquiries should be sent to

For questions and information, please contact Professor Archer Martin ( or


2016 Program
Documentation and Analysis of Ancient Buildings

2016 Dates

Application Deadline

Lead Instructor
Stephan Zink, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
In collaboration with ETH Zurich (Institut für Denkmalpflege und Bauforschung, Prof. U. Hassler) and the Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali.

Architectural remains represent the largest and most conspicuous body of material evidence for the study of Antiquity. At the same time, ancient buildings are fragmented and highly modified artifacts with long life cycles of construction, decay and reconstruction. The analysis and documentation of ancient buildings is thus an opportunity to understand buildings in time, to make sense of them as social and historical artifact and to address the issues of interpretative documentation and recording of the past.

This three-week course offers an intensive introduction to the documentation, analysis, and interpretation of ancient architecture. Designed for students from all backgrounds, the course will introduce students to buildings analysis through three types of experience. Students will carry out original fieldwork at a Roman temple (the so-called Temple A at Largo Argentina), where they will learn how to produce plans and sections of a complex site using a combination of digital surveying and hand drawings. Afternoon classroom lectures will introduce students to the basic principles of ancient design and construction, as well as to some theoretical questions related to the study and documentation of historical architecture. Finally, weekend field trips to architectural sites in and around Rome will provide an occasion to discuss examples of historical and modern preservation strategies and their approaches in creating ideas of the past through “designing” a ruin.

Instructor: Dr. Stephan Zink is a research fellow at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich where he teaches courses on building archaeology, documentation and construction. He has a PhD in classical archaeology from the University of Pennsylvania, and is the author of a forthcoming book on the architecture of the Palatine sanctuary of Apollo. He specializes in the architecture and design of Roman buildings of the Augustan age, and has worked for many years on the Palatine.

This course will be offered every other year.


Students will be housed at the American Academy in shared room, self-catering apartments, with some meals taken with the Academy community. Days will be hot, long and strenuous and all applicants should be prepared with the proper level of fitness and appropriate clothing.

Admission is competitive as the class size will be limited. The course is intended for graduate students and professionals from archaeology, history, architecture, historic conservation and preservation and other allied fields. Advanced undergraduates should consult the instructor before applying. Applicants from outside American universities are most welcome.

How to Apply
A complete application consists of a cover letter explaining why the program is of interest, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. Applications and all supporting materials, including recommendations, should be sent by email. The letters of recommendation must be sent directly by the individual referees. 
Applications should be sent to Stephan Zink at

Click here for summary: Summary.pdf

The Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Program in Manuscript Studies

The Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, in conjunction with the American Academy in Rome, is proud to offer a Diploma Program in Manuscript Studies. Two consecutive courses will be offered at the AAR in summer 2015: an intensive practical introduction to Latin Palaeography (8-26 June) and a Special Subject - Form and Function: The Medieval Liturgy and its Manuscripts (29 June - 17 July).

2015 Dates
June 8 - July 17, 2015

2015 application deadline 
January 30, 2015

2015 Director 
M. Michèle Mulchahey, FAAR'03, the Leonard E. Boyle Professor of Manuscript Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

The Program 
The Program in Manuscript Studies consists of five core courses, including Latin Palaeography, Diplomatics, Codicology, Textual Editing, and a variable content rubric under which a number of different special subject courses are mounted. Courses are available on a rotating basis, with two three-week courses offered each summer. The venue for teaching alternates between the Pontifical Institute in Toronto and the American Academy in Rome, to take advantage of the unique resources of each institution.

Two streams are available. Students accepted to the programme may choose either simply to enrol for a single summer, that is, for the two courses offered any given year. Or, by taking four courses over two consecutive summers, and completing a final project, they can qualify for the Diploma in Manuscript Studies.

For full program details, please visit the PIMS website.

2015 Courses
MSST 1000: Latin Palaeography (8-26 June)
An intensive introduction to mediaeval handwriting in the Latin West from the late Roman period until the dawn of print. It is designed for those who wish to acquire the skills that will enable them to work with Latin manuscript materials from the mediaeval period. Students will be introduced to all the main mediaeval systems of abbreviation, together with the principles of transcription, through daily exercises in identifying, dating, and transcribing various scripts. Scribal practices and the basics of manuscript production will also be considered, as will the context within which palaeographical developments occurred. Classes will meet at the American Academy in Rome, but will incorporate special sessions at various libraries in the City, where mediaeval manuscripts will be examined directly.
Instructor: M. Michèle Mulchahey (Leonard E. Boyle Professor of Manuscript Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies)
MSST 1004: Special Subject - Form and Function: The Medieval Liturgy and its Manuscripts (29 June - 17 July)
Medieval liturgical books represent many genres and sub-genres, and survive in a bewildering variety of forms, from treasured presentation books to practical copies for daily use. Through prectical sessions including reconstructing and walking the 12th-century processional route between St. John Lutheran and the Vatican, the course will consider the production of liturgical books, how they were used, dating and locating the books, as well as liturgical music and the illustrations in works such as Exultet rolls. Several assigments will be based on manuscripts from southern Italy, and Beneventan zone. The course will include sessions at the great abbey of montecassino and the Instituto Pontificio de Musica Sacra in Rome.
Instructor: Richard Gyug (Professor of History and Medieval Studies, Fordham University)

Applications will be accepted from candidates of any nationality. Applicants must have completed at least a B.A. by the time the course commences, and be able to demonstrate reading knowledge of Latin. And it must be underscored that the program's coursework does presume such reading knowledge. Students currently enrolled in other graduate programs, either at the M.A. or the Ph.D. level, may apply, as may post-doctoral scholars. Those currently holding academic or curatorial positions are also eligible. A maximum of 12 places will be available each year, but always with priority being given in the second year of the course cycle to those students who have enrolled for the full curriculum and are pursuing the diploma in Manuscript Studies.

Costs and Logistics 
Tuition is $2,000 (Canadian). The Pontifical Institute is, however, able to offer 12 fellowships. Upon acceptance candidates will be asked to submit a budget outlining their anticipated needs. The fellowships are intended to cover the costs of tuition and travel either to Rome or Toronto, as well as providing a modest stipend, up to a maximum of $6,000  (Canadian).

Housing at the American Academy in Rome will be offered to participants in 2015. Although only a limited number of each type of accommodation is available, options range from single and double rooms to shared apartments with complete kitchen facilities. Costs will range from €225 to €450 per week. Further information will be made available to interested participants once that have been accepted. All participants, whether living on campus or elsewhere, will also have the option of taking their meals at the Academy, at a cost of €14,90 for lunch and €26,50 for dinner.

To Apply
Applicants must send the completed application form, a current CV, two letters of recommendation, and a brief statement of research interests (including an indication of why you wish to pursue advanced training in manuscript studies) by January 30, 2015 to:

M. Michèle Mulchahey
Director, Diploma Programme in Manuscript Studies
Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies
59 Queen's Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario M5S 2C4