19623
Jerome (Idaho)
Ancient Rome: Life, History, Literature and the Spread of Christianity
Program No. 19623RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
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7 days
6 nights
17 meals
6 B 5 L 6 D
DAY
1
Hors d'oeuvres, welcome dinner and orientation
Jerome, ID
D
Monastery of the Ascension

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.

DAY
2
Roman historians; Etruscans; beginnings of Rome. Roman coins.
Jerome, ID
B,L,D
Monastery of the Ascension

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.

DAY
3
The Emergence of the Roman Empire; The Great Age of Roman Literature
Jerome, ID
B,L,D
Monastery of the Ascension

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. 3:45 - 4:45 Practice for the play, A Pot of Gold.

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

DAY
4
Daily Life in Rome; Excursion to the Magic Valley; Picnic and boat ride on the Snake River
Jerome, ID
B,L,D
Monastery of the Ascension

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 (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 Camp; (3) Oregon Trail overlook; (4) 1000 Springs; (5) 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.

DAY
5
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.
Jerome, ID
B,L,D
Monastery of the Ascension

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. 3:45 - 4:45 Practice for the play, A Pot of Gold

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.

DAY
6
The Roman Empire, 217-476; Roman Architecture. Performing a Roman play.
Jerome, ID
B,L,D
Monastery of the Ascension

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 of Christianity 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.

DAY
7
Early bird breakfast for those who wish it, for the rest, farewells and a leisurely exit.
Jerome, ID
B

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.