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JEROME, IDAHO

Ancient Rome: Life, History, Literature and the Spread of Christianity

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7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Elevation Note
Monastery is located at 4000 feet.

Itinerary for Jul 8 — Jul 14, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day One: Monday, July 08 - Hors d'oeuvres, welcome dinner and orientation
Dinner: 5:50 Social; The program officially begins with a social at which soft drinks, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres are available.

6:15 Dinner; The Hors d'oeuvres are followed by a welcome banquet. All meals are prepared by our chef LuAnn Stites Kraft, who is beloved of all who visit the monastery for her wonderful cooking. If you let us know on the questionnaire we send, she will prepare special diets.

Evening: 7:30 PM Orientation to the facility and its amenities, the program and the instructors and introductions of participants.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Two: Tuesday, July 09 - Roman historians; Etruscans; beginnings of Rome. ...
Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are served in the dining room. Meals: Meals are served buffet style. Chef LuAnn Kraft purchases much of the food locally, often from organic farmers. For example, milk comes in glass bottles from a small dairy whose small herd consists of registered holsteins, which are fed on grass--a rare exception amid the large dairies of the area. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.

Morning: 8:45-11:30 Roman historians and the beginning of Rome. Etruscans and other inhabitants of the Italian peninsula. Etruscan art.

Lunch: 12:10 Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Afternoon: 1:00--3:30 PM. The Latin language; the earliest examples of Latin inscriptions and literature.

Dinner: When asked to describe our food, Chef LuAnn said that as much as possible she wants it to be "fresh, local, healthy, simple and delicious."

Evening: A display and presentation of Roman coins which will be used throughout the week to illustrate the topics discussed: the emperors, engineering, legions, daily life and other facets of Roman life and history.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Three: Wednesday, July 10 - The Emergence of the Roman Empire; The Great Age ...
Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are prepared in the monastery kitchen and served in the dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.

Morning: 8:45 - 10:00 The Coming of Empire: Julius Caesar to Claudius (41-54)

10:15 - 11:30 The Golden Age of Roman Literature: Catullus, Horace, Ovid, Virgil.

Lunch: 12:10 Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Afternoon: 1:00 - 2:00 From Nero (54-68) to Septimus Severus (193-211)

2:15 - 3:30 The Silver Age of Roman Literature: Juvenal, Martial, Quintilian, and Seneca the Younger.

Dinner: 6:00 PM Dinner in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Evening: Viewing, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Four: Thursday, July 11 - Daily Life in Rome; Excursion to the Magic Valley...
Daily Life in Rome; Excursion to the Magic Valley; Picnic and boat ride on the Snake River

Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.

Morning: 9:15-11:30 Daily Life in the City of Rome (e.g.,as known e.g.,in archeology and presented in literature), How to put on a toga; some Latin songs; eating the Roman way.

Lunch: 12:10 Lunch. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Afternoon: 1:00 PM board bus for visit to (1) Malad Gorge State Park; (2) National Park Service Visitors' Center for Hagerman Fossil Beds and Minidoka Internment sites; (3) Oregon Trail overlook; (5) 1000 Springs; (6) Shoshone Falls. Those who wish may substitute a soak in a commercial hotsprings for (2) and (3)--these hot springs being about as close as one can come to a Roman bath in Idaho.

Dinner: Picnic dinner at Centennial Park in the Snake River canyon.

Evening: Outing on a portion of the Snake River with experienced and knowledgeable guide on safe and peaceful pontoon boats. There is usually a chance to watch B.A.S.E. jumpers parachute off the 500 foot Perrine bridge.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Five: Friday, July 12 - Being Christian in the Empire: the first readers ...
Being Christian in the Empire: the first readers of the Letter to the Romans; Didache; Justin Martyr; life with the Roman legions in Britain: Vindolanda and Wroxeter. Roman engineering: Vitruvius and Frontinus; Roman art.

Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.

Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 The Didache; Reading the Letter to the Romans in Rome or Pompeii. Justin Martyr, a philosopher's search for truth; his conversion to Christianity; his teaching and martyrdom; his Apology on behalf on Christianity; the Greek chapel in the catacombs of Priscilla.

Lunch: 12:10 Dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Afternoon: 1:00 - 2:15 Life with the Roman legions in Britain: Wroxeter and Vindolanda.

2:15 - 3:30 Roman engineering: Frontinus and Vitruvius.

Dinner: Dinner in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Evening: Roman art and architecture: achievement and influence.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Six: Saturday, July 13 - The Roman Empire, 217-476; Roman Architecture. Pe...
The Roman Empire, 217-476; Roman Architecture. Performing a Roman play.

Breakfast: 9:00 AM Breakfast in dining room. At breakfast, on every day but Sunday (when there are cereals and rolls), there is a hot entree, cold cereal and assorted fruit. Juice, coffee, tea, and snacks are available at all times.

Morning: 10:00- 11:30 The Roman Empire from Caracalla (d. 217) to the end of the Western Empire (476 AD). Spread of Christianity; the house church of Dura-Europos; legalization under Constantine.

Lunch: 12:10 Lunch in the dining room. There are salads, vegetables, an entree and a desert, and usually fresh fruit, at each lunch and dinner.

Afternoon: 1:15-3:00 Roman Architecture and its influence. 3:15 A Roman Play

Dinner: 5:50 Social, followed by a farewell banquet conjured up from wonderful local ingredients by Chef LuAnn Kraft.

Evening: 7:00 Music.

7:45 Wrap up in the conference room.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Conference Center

Description: The program is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.

Contact info:
541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377
web: www.idahomonks.org

Room amenities: All air-conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms are more basic than the main facility; but have private bath and shower and are available at the same cost as a double in the main buidling.

Facility amenities: Air conditioned, modern facility with free 24-hour snack bar, free laundry facilities, an excellent chef, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background. Nights are cool and clear, with spectacular stars.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers.
Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $5; lunch $7; supper $9.

Check in time: 1:30 PM


Day Seven: Sunday, July 14 - Early bird breakfast for those who wish it, for t...
Early bird breakfast for those who wish it, for the rest, farewells and a leisurely exit.

Breakfast: Pick-up breakfast will be available from 6:00 AM.

Breakfast will be served at 7:40 AM. Sunday breakfast is cereals and rolls. The program concludes after breakfast on Sunday.

Lodging: Monastery of the Ascension

Meals Included: Breakfast



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Jerome, ID
General OverviewThe Monastery of the Ascension and its attached retreat center are located centrally in the Magic Valley, five miles east of Jerome and ten miles north of Twin Falls. The monastery is within two hours' drive of Boise (state capitol; churches; Birds of Prey Center), Glens Ferry (Oregon Trail Interpretative Center; Three Island State Park), Malad Gorge State Park, Sun Valley, Jackpot, NV, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks, Silver Creek Preserve, 1000 Spings (e.g., the spectacular Niagara Springs), Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Museum (Hagerman, ID), and ice caves north of Shoshone. There a number of museums (e.g., at College of Southern Idaho and in Twin Falls and Jerome), antique stores. galleries, and quilt shops, as well as numerous golf courses, several hot springs, and scenic boat rides in the Snake River Canyon.

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