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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by October 15, 2014.
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.
June 16 - July 25, 2014
2014 Application Deadline:
January 20, 2014
Notification will be in February 2014.
Professor Genevieve Gessert, Associate Professor, Department of Art & Archaeology, Hood College
For the 2014 program year, the organizers have made every effort to reduce costs to participants and to enhance their interaction with the intellectual community of the Academy. The overall cost of the program represents a 15% decrease from the previous program year.
Basic room and board: $3,200 (estimated)
Tuition, room and board will total approximately $5,300, 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 must stay at the Villa Maria. The estimated room and board cost for the 6-week program is $3,200 per person for a shared double room with breakfast (June 15-July 26, 2014), and five additional group meals at the Academy or a local restaurant. Some single rooms will be available at additional cost. Admission is contingent upon the participant's agreeing to stay at the Villa Maria.
The deadline for applications is January 20, 2014. Please thoroughly read the 2014 Guidelines before completing the Classical Summer School Application.
All application materials must be emailed to the Director:
Prof. Genevieve Gessert
Department of Art and Archaeology
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.
2014 National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar
Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome
This five-week seminar during summer 2014 will allow college and university faculty to discuss collectively the nature and dynamics of medieval reform movements and to pursue independent research projects from multiple disciplinary perspectives. The seminar is designed primarily for teachers of American undergraduate students. Qualified independent scholars and those employed by museums, libraries, historical societies, and other organizations may be eligible to compete for places in the seminar provided they can effectively advance the teaching and research goals of the seminar.
June 23 - July 25, 2014
2014 Application Deadline
March 4, 2014
(Notification of acceptance will be March 31, 2014.)
The seminar will be co-directed by Maureen C. Miller, University of California, Berkeley and William L. North, FAAR'96, Carleton College.
For more information visit the Reform and Renewal in Medieval Rome website hosted by Carleton College.
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.
Documentation and Analysis of Ancient Buildings
June 3-21, 2014
January 17, 2014
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.
This includes tuition, a shared room, self-catering facilities, two AAR dinners/week and course trips.
Not included: airfare/travel to Rome, contribution to self-catered meals, lunches and weekend meals.
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 email@example.com.
Howard Comfort FAAR ’29 Summer Program in Roman Pottery
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 include several visits to important sites and collections of material. The program consists of two major elements, and an optional third component. 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 element 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 assistant. In previous sessions, analysis of this study assemblage has resulted in a joint publication with school participants as co-authors. Finally, the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia, invites participants who wish to have further practical experience to join the project at the end of the Summer School session. For information on the project see: www.classics.uc.edu/pompeii.
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