T5100 Mediterranean Crossroads: Peoples and Environments from Sicily to Rome

Sicily, Pompeii and Rome
Faculty: Ivancica and Thomas Schrunk
1/05/2019 – 1/28/2019

This course will explore cultural and historical landscapes from Sicily to Rome, examining the diversity of human–environmental relationships through time based on historical, archaeological, literary and ecological evidence.

Academic Overview
Ancient youth learned about Mediterranean peoples and environments from the epic voyages of Odysseus and Aeneas, and from the arduous missions of Heracles. Our journey takes us first to Sicily, the key island at the intersection of Greek and Roman worlds and their cultural interaction with societies in Africa, Asia and Europe. We make our way to Rome, stopping at Pompeii and Naples. Our central themes are cultural and historical landscapes, which are defined by human relationships with the environment. Our perspectives on the nature and diversity of these relationships through time are drawn from historical, archaeological, literary and ecological evidence. Greek colonies and Roman rural estates in Sicily engage us with the issues of ancient and contemporary migrations, settlement patterns and land management, slavery and technology. In Pompeii, a once living city, we study how individuals and states respond to natural disasters. In Rome, we explore a long history of sustainable urban development and state ideology.

Program Fee/Cost
Program Fee includes:  Transportation and course arrangements as indicated, hotel accommodations in twin and triple rooms, continental breakfast daily, five lunches and four dinners (subject to change).

No pre-requisites are required.  

Required Readings
The Odyssey/Homer, translation, introduction and notes by B. B. Powell, Oxford University Press 2015.
I Malkin, A Small Greek World: Networks in the Ancient Mediterranean, Oxford University Press 2011.
Robert Kebric, Roman People, 4th edition, Mayfield 2005. (ancient texts in translation; chapters on Sicily, Pompeii and Rome).
Amanda Claridge, Rome: An Oxford Archaeological Guide, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press 2010.
Course packet articles and select readings.

A description of the requirements and assessment methods, including percentages, is in the attached syllabus. Assignments will include an early group presentation, required reflective journals, a final paper, and a synthesis essay. Again, this is a seminar-style, discussion-based course, and for that reason, attendance at class meetings and site visits will be mandatory. Missing one class meeting/site visit will affect their final grade.

20% – Group Participation and Attendance
30% – Academic Journal
20% – Four short reflection essays
30% – Research Paper

Faculty Directors
Ivancica Schrunk, Ph.D., University of St. Thomas, (651) 962-5740, e-mail:  idschrunk@stthomas.edu
Thomas Schrunk, M.A., (612) 419-4124, e-mail: thomasschrunk@gmail.com

Description of Faculty Directors
Dr. Schrunk is a History faculty member at the University of St. Thomas specializing in ancient history, archaeology, art and classical languages of the Mediterranean world.  She has done research and field work in Europe, the Near East and North Africa.  She conducts an archaeological and environmental project on an island in Croatia, with students and volunteers.  Dr. Schrunk has led seven UMAIE courses in Rome.

Tom Schrunk holds an M.A. in Art History and has extensive research, study and work in India, Croatia, Italy, North Africa, Syria and Lebanon.  He has been excavating with Dr. Schrunk in Croatia for the past eleven summers and has been assistant director for six UMAIE courses in Rome.


Application Procedures & Deadline
· Select the How to Apply link to start your online application.
· All applications received by your home institutions priority deadline will be sent to the faculty immediately. Applications will be taken after that deadline for programs with space still remaining until the final application deadline of October 1, 2018.

Final Application Deadline: October 1, 2018

For more information on course content, contact Kate Glassman
On application procedures or logistical information, contact your study abroad office.


Travel Packet

Travel ePacket (Link)

Click the image at left to access the course Travel Packet. The ePacket contains important information about traveling abroad, including your itinerary, frequently asked questions, participant letter and culturegram.

Preliminary Itinerary will be posted by October 16.
Final Itinerary will be posted by December 7.


The Orientation process includes 3 components:
– an online self-study and quiz on the UMAIE student handbook.
– an online orientation webinar conducted by your faculty director(s)
– an on-site orientation upon arrival.

You are REQUIRED to participate in and complete all 3 steps within the deadlines specified below. Failure to do so may result in your removal from the course.

Student Handbook and Online Quiz

2018 Student Manual (PDF)

We have put together this handbook to provide you with helpful information for planning and spending your time abroad. The handbook is also your primary study guide to pass your online quiz. There are excellent tips in this handbook, and it is organized in a way we hope will be user-friendly and straightforward.

Please carefully read the UMAIE student handbook and complete the quiz on the UMAIE student handbook by October 20, 2018.


quiz_thumbYou can access the online quiz through your online application by logging in to your school’s study abroad website. Complete the 2019 UMAIE Participant Quiz under Assessments on your online application portal.


 Orientation Webinar

The online orientation webinar for this course is on:

Wednesday, October 15, 2018 – 7:00pm-8:30pm

Your participation is required. Please review the sign-in instructions below and make yourself available to participate on this date.

Click the webinar icon below to access the launch and sign-in screen for Zoom.

Instructions (PDF)

Instructions (PDF)

Webinar Link (Zoom)


(Alternate Access to Webinar)

Topic: T5100 Mediterranean Crossroads: Schrunk/Schrunk
Time: Oct 15, 2018 7:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://stthomas.zoom.us/j/816543167
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
        US: +1 669 900 6833  or +1 646 876 9923  or +1 877 853 5247  (Toll Free) or +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free)
    Meeting ID: 816 543 167
    International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aCQbSAq20


Participants are required to bring their Student ID card with them on the course to qualify for reduced student entrances at many sites. Without your ID, you could be responsible to pay any difference in entrance fees.