Location, location, location! St. Stephen’s location in the heart of Rome is one of its greatest assets – a precious gift, which for more than 50 years, has enriched the school’s cultural life and enshrined an academic program, which is unique in the world. Roman Topography, Latin, History and Art History courses have always thrived on our privileged location, with regular field trips that no other school in the world can offer. Naturally, our Classics program has benefited immensely from this, but this year we have increased our offerings even further, both within the curriculum and beyond to share this gift with a broader community.

The 2016-2017 academic year saw the establishment of a new Institute of Roman Culture, the St. Stephen’s Lyceum, which exploits the school’s location in a variety of new and exciting ways - increasing and enriching our classics courses in the curriculum, harnessing unique opportunities to collaborate with prestigious institutions, taking advantage of unprecedented access that the Classics Department has cultivated over a number of years with internationally renowned scholars, and establishing a Resident Scholar program to serve all sectors of the community. 


The Lyceum at St. Stephen’s

Classical Greek is once again being offered in the curriculum, as well as a brand new SL IB course in Classical Greek & Roman Studies. More day and weekend field trips have been incorporated to deepen the classroom studies. Latin poets are studied in situ, at the Villa Vergiliana (Cumae), Horace’s Villa (Licenza), Sulmona (birthplace of Ovid). The Roman architecture unit of the new CGRS course has been enriched by an intensive study weekend at Pompeii, a full day (or more) at Ostia, and regular field trips within Rome.

The Lyceum has consolidated the Department’s academic collaboration with the American Academy of Rome and the British School of Rome, as well as other institutes, while our exciting new Scholar in Residence program provides students with unique access to distinguished scholars, who teach classes and give lectures. These professionals are also available to the wider community offering short courses, lectures and tours.

Our dynamic, ‘hands-on’ Enhanced Classics program is fully consistent with the School’s mission, which states, “St. Stephen’s draws on the strengths of both American and European education traditions to give our students a deeper understanding of the world grounded in western culture...” And in a world where global citizenship is a major focus, the study of Classics offers valuable paradigms for cultural diversity and internationalism. Our program will build on the past and unite with this new world of technology and globalization, giving students a solid cultural knowledge and experience and providing them with the tools they need to understand and to compete, communicate and thrive in a fast-paced, ever-changing, multi-cultural world.

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