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chi sono? (IV) — Four Seasons in Rome

This will be my fourth year leading a group of Marylhurst students to Roma–que bello! Rome, it seems, seeds esoteric passions . . . –Anthony Doerr, Four Seasons in Rome Here are the blogs of my fellow travelers this year, … Continue reading

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A day at the Forum: “stratification and juxtaposition”

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On Tuesday, we had an inspiring walking excursion led by Dr. Jeffrey Blanchard, professor of art history and architecture and director of the Cornell Rome program for architecture. As we walked, he directed our attention to the various elements within a single fountain, a palace courtyard, … Continue reading

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speaking of Ovid . . .

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We went to the stunningly beautiful Borghese Gallery on Sunday where we saw the equally stunningly beautiful sculptures by Bernini –The Rape of Persephone and his Apollo and Daphne. Ovid writes about the myth of Apollo and Daphne in his Metamorphosis, and … Continue reading

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Sights and Tastes–redefining “class”

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Our trip to Rome is a study abroad–an extended time in a foreign culture that includes study and class time.  We meet three mornings a week at the University of Washington Rome Center, tucked into a corner of the Campo … Continue reading

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Chi sono?

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Chi sono–this was my waking thought on Saturday morning.  But where did this Italian phrase come from?  I didn’t know (consciously) what it meant, so after I got out of bed I looked it up. It means, “who are they?” … Continue reading

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Behold yonder two fires

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Reading the text of Malory’s Roman War campaign as a graduate student, I never imagined I would step into this narrative geography of war, then find myself sipping wine at an outdoor café, listening to aboriginal music from Australia, joining … Continue reading

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his dream had come about

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Geoffrey of Monmouth’s 12th century account of Arthur’s channel crossing from Sandwich to Barfleur: Round about midnight, as he sailed briskly on through the deep sea, surrounded by ships too numerous to count, and following his course closely with joy … Continue reading

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