Classics Abroad 2020 Online

Dates & Times

Monday 27th - Friday 31st July 2020 (2 hours per day) | 13:00-15:00 BST via Zoom

This course is now over! See below for updates on Classics Abroad 2021 in Florence (and online) and read what our alumni have to say about the experience.


We are excited to bring Classics Abroad 2020 online this year, our Florence-based summer course devoted to exploring the classical influence and inspiration behind the literature, history, art and culture of Florence. 

This year, topics include: Latin Love Elegy (watch the trailer!) Virgil and Dante's Inferno, Lucretius and the Renaissance,  Black Africans in Renaissance Art and the Classical Nude. Click here for the full seminar timetable. Resources will be provided for each day, which will require pre-reading or independent analysis beforehand. There are optional languages and experiences which you can add on to your week.

Our Approach

We aim to combine the best elements of an engaging sixth form lesson with the academic depth of university level study. Students are encouraged to draw links across genres and time periods, looking at topics with "fresh eyes". Our international guest speakers embody the passion and intellectual curiosity that we hope to inspire in others!

Join us for a week of classical and Italian language, literature, art and cultural immersion in the heart of Florence! Our summer course, Classics Abroad, will return to Florence in July 2021, in addition to its online alternative (above). 

We will update this page with course dates, application information and more details in January 2021

In the meantime, you can register for updates on our mailing list, visit the Classics Abroad gallery or take part in an online course.   

Classics Abroad 2021 in Florence and Online

Feedback from our Classics Abroad students...


"I absolutely loved the online classics course this year! It opened up a whole new discipline for me to explore and I can’t wait to learn more! Thanks for a great week!" - CA 2020 Student

"The Classics Abroad Online course offers a multifaceted opportunity to study the classical influence on the Florentine Renaissance, from the significance of Virgil in Dante's Divina Commedia to the use of the classical nude in sculptures at the Piazza della Signoria, taught by a series of passionate, diverse and eloquent speakers." - Beth

"A fascinating, rewarding course with passionate and remarkably insightful and engaging lecturers. On the whole, really well-adapted to an online format. It always felt rooted in a love of Florence, despite the distance. I would recommend to anyone at all interested in Renaissance Italy or Ancient Rome" - CA 2020 Student

"The course was engaging and fascinating from start to finish. Every session was presented by an expert who brought their subject to life, all the more impressive as it was online. I would highly recommend this course." - CA 2020 Student

In Florence

"I thought it offered a truly fascinating insight into Florence’s classical, medieval and renaissance history in a fun, accessible way. The people were lovely and the location perfect." - CA 2019 Student

"Fantastic experience, would definitely do the same or something similar again!" - CA 2019 Student

"A superb way to see Florence that built on the material I've been covering at uni, demonstrating in the stone and paint of the Renaissance masterpieces the continuous link between the ancient and modern worlds." - Matthew

"An amazing trip, would recommend to anyone." - CA 2019 Student

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