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CLS 115 — Rome: Exploring Neighborhoods of the Eternal City

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Thursdays
Course Format: Live Online (About Formats)
Duration: 10 weeks
Date(s): Apr 4—Jun 6
Time: 7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Refund Deadline: Apr 6
Units: 2
Tuition: $550
Instructor(s): Gary Devore
Class Recording Available: Yes
Status: Open
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Live Online(About Formats)
7:00—8:50 pm (PT)
Apr 4—Jun 6
10 weeks
Refund Date
Apr 6
2 Units
Gary Devore
ACCESS THE SYLLABUS » (subject to change)
Rome is a city of grandeur and vitality, both ancient and modern. Its picturesque squares, alluring fountains, and meandering cobblestone streets convey the cultural significance of this historical place, evoking romance and nostalgia. From the iconic landmarks of the city center, like the Colosseum and the Roman Forum, to the vibrant streets of Trastevere, traditionally a hub for immigrant communities and now a bohemian hotspot, Rome’s diverse neighborhoods hold an array of stories to explore.

This course provides a comprehensive virtual expedition through these neighborhoods, immersing students in their unique characters, history, and imagined narratives. Together, we will traverse the city’s districts, from the artsy charm of Monti to the elegance of Prati and the trendsetting ambiance of Pigneto. As we journey through each neighborhood, we will dissect the city’s architecture, design, and geographical layout, deepening our understanding of Rome’s urban landscape. Course materials, including virtual tools, will allow us to explore each urban center with depth and precision, making this course accessible to all, regardless of prior knowledge or experience. Students will gain a deep appreciation for the enduring legacy of the “Eternal City” and be well prepared if they wish to visit the city in the future.


Gary Devore has excavated in the ancient ruins of Pompeii and also at sites near Hadrian’s Wall in the north of England. He was one of the directors and principal investigators of Binchester Roman Excavations and is a former director of the Pompeii Archaeological Research Project, Porta Stabia. Devore received a PhD from the University of Bradford, UK, and taught at Stanford for a decade.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.