Student Trip to Greece and Italy, in Photographs
During spring break, Upper School Latin students visited Greece and Italy and sought to further develop their understanding of the origins of classical civilization.
After arriving in Athens, students visited the Areopagus, the meeting place for the city's council of elders, and the Acropolis, a fortified hill on which the most important structures in society were located. Atop this hill, students contemplated the development of Greek democracy in the shadow of the Parthenon and explored the fundamentals of classical architecture at the nearby Acropolis Museum. In Delphi, students learned about the significant role that religion played in the ancient world.
Next, students traveled to Italy and spent time in Pompeii, an eye-opening experience for many that enabled them to visualize what a typical Roman town looked like, and how Roman citizens there lived prior to their sudden deaths in the 79 AD eruption of Mount Vesuvius. A visit to the house of Caecilius Iucundus, the man upon whom the students' Latin textbook series is based, was especially memorable for students in all levels of Latin.
Students rounded out their time abroad in the Eternal City of Rome, where they visited the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and several other significant sites, now monuments, that were integral to the lives of Romans in antiquity.
After a week of reading Latin inscriptions on every structure imaginable and walking in the footsteps of the earliest Greeks and Romans, students returned to Penn Charter with a greater understanding of, and appreciation for, the universal successes of the ancients, particularly in the fields of language, architecture and arts.
Enjoy photos by PC Latin teacher Stephanie Vogel on flickr.