Winter or May Term off-campus study project on a theme related to classical studies.
Winter Term informationPedar Foss
183A: Italy and the Architecture of Sport: Ancient Games and Modern Soccer (off-campus)
Ancient sport peaked during the Roman Empire. Arenas for chariot racing and mortal combat sat alongside dozens of baths and gymnasiums, where exercise, training and ball-play are ancestors of the modern sports of soccer, rugby and football. Romans monumentalized sporting architecture, building venues seating hundreds of thousands of people -- sport as mass spectacle. This course examines the ancient history of sport and its venues in Italy, from the Roman period through the Medieval and Renaissance, by visiting Rome, Perugia, and Florence. Students will participate in soccer training, play matches against local teams, and attend professional matches. Calcio (soccer) is the national sport of Italy, four-time World Cup winners. Experience playing soccer is strongly recommended. Students also get a primer in Italian culture, language, food, art, history, and archaeology.
Priority will be given to Soccer-team members, students with experience playing soccer, students who have taken relevant classics, history, art-history, or Italian courses. Soccer-team members, students with experience playing soccer, students who have taken relevant classics, history, art-history, or Italian courses.
This course counts towards Classical Studies majors and minors.
Recommended courses for participation are Classical Studies, Art-History, and History courses covering the ancient, medieval, and Renaissance worlds.
For more information about this course, including costs, please visit the Horizons off campus study system at https://depauw-horizons.symplicity.com/ then select "Search Programs" and enter "DePauw University Extended Studies" in the provider dropdown. To apply to participate in this course, select the "Welcome" tab in Horizons and login.