As a Classics professor, I use my Centro experience on a daily basis. This program, and especially the Ancient City course, greatly influenced my approach to ancient literature. Much of the Centro’s magic is its ability to make the ancient world come alive for students. Our Centro professors taught us to treat the monuments and buildings we visited not as static artifacts, but as active agents in a once-living, -breathing world.
Which site, museum, or artwork sticks with you?
Definitely Paestum for several reasons. The site contains some of the most well-preserved and beautiful Greek temples in the world. On top of that, you don’t have to gawk at 100 yards away behind several barriers and guards. You experience them from the inside. After visiting the site, you head to the museum, which, in addition to other treasures, houses the Tomb of the Diver, a masterpiece of ancient painting. This site allows the visitor to experience Greek, Lucanian, and Roman culture in one day. And you end your day with a trip to the beach and, finally, a dinner featuring the best mozzarella in the world.
What’s your favorite memory from your semester?
The dinners at the Centro. I still remember how excited I would get every night as I skipped down to the dining room. First, there was the food. Thanks to the Centro’s amazing cooks, the meals are incredible. And then there was the lively dinner conversations with my fellow Centristi. I remember losing my breath laughing on the regular.