Over April break, the Shaker High School Latin program took a journey from Athens, Greece to Rome, Italy with 23 students who are enrolled in Latin 1, 2 or 3. Accompanying students were SHS Principal, Richard Murphy; SHS Spanish teacher, Jessie Morgan; and SHS Latin teacher, Edythe Malara.
Starting in Athens, students had the opportunity to visit sites such as the Panathenaic Stadium, the Temple of Zeus and students climbed the Acropolis to visit the Parthenon. Students enjoyed authentic gyros for dinner and Athenian street foods for snacks. From Athens, students went on to visit the Peloponnese region of Greece. There they visited the Ancient Greek theater in Epidaurus, the tomb of Agamemnon and the Mycenaean Acropolis, where the infamous Lion’s Gate still stands today. While in the Peloponnese, students explored and stayed the night in the quaint Greek town of Olympia. The next morning students toured the site of the ancient Olympics.
After Olympia, the group took an overnight ferry from Patras, Greece to Bari, Italy. Upon arrival, the group was driven to the ancient city of Pompeii, where students walked the same streets that the ancient Romans walked thousands of years ago. Students were even able to see original marks in the street made by ancient Roman carriages.
From Pompeii, the last stop for the students was Rome. Students were captivated by Rome’s magnificence when they visited various staples of the city. Some of their favorite visits in Rome were to Piazza della Rotonda, the home of the ancient Roman Pantheon; to Vatican City, home to one of the greatest Classical museums in the word; as well as the Roman Forum, the center of all ancient Roman life; and the beautiful Trevi Fountain as it was illuminated at night. Students especially loved all of the scrumptious pizza, pasta and gelato!
Overall, the SHS Latin trip was an amazing experience for everyone.