The Colgate Scene
January 2004

Stepping stones
Colgate students step into the past with a trip to Pompeii
 

Alex Levine '05 and Katy Graf '06 maneuver the streets of Pompeii. Ancient Pompeiians used the raised stones to cross the streets during heavy rainfall.
"It's a long way from Hamilton," said Katy Graf '05 while perched on a slab of rock with a fellow student. The Venice Study Group has just polished off a bag lunch in the remnants of a more than 2000-year-old Pompeiian park in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius.

Ross Ferlito, professor of romance languages and literatures, emeritus, leads the group, who traveled to southern Italy to witness firsthand the legendary city frozen in time underneath a pyroclastic eruption by Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D.

Colgate University offers a wide variety of off-campus programs both international and domestic. This study group, affiliated with the University of Venice, is intended for students who have demonstrated an academic interest in classic studies and archaeology, Italian language and literature, art history, music, and medieval and Renaissance history.

Ferlito, who has escorted six study groups to Venice and organized the field trip to Pompeii with an Italian archaeologist, said he hopes to "give the students direct contact with the heritage of Italy and thereby a greater sense of the development of western civilization and (to) learn more about themselves by living in a different milieu. I've accompanied groups with four different archaeologists, and the sixth time was just as interesting as the first."


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