International Studies Abroad ®est. 1987



Location: Morocco


Discover Volubilis, one of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in the world. Explore such features as the Capitoline Temple, Volubilis Basilica, Decumanus Maximus, Arch of Caracalla and Tingis Gate and marvel at the city's beautiful, still-intact mosaics. These ruins were named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1977.

Students will:
Be able to enumerate the criteria for UNESCO World Heritage Site candidacy. Students will be invited to contemplate how Volubilis could potentially meet another cultural criterion on the list.

Have a basic appreciation for how the Romans were able to spread their empire across the Maghreb with relative ease. For example, the willingness to assimilate Berber traditions and the relative racial tolerance of the Romans compared to the Vandals.

Understand the essential role played by North Africa as Rome's granary or breadbasket, and how it was settled by Romans principally for the fertility of the land.

Be able to differentiate Mauretania, as a Roman-designated province, from the modern African nation Mauritania; know the Roman etymological root Maurus/ Mauri, meaning dark or black in reference to dark-skinned Africans.

Analyze the environmental and cultural factors that contributed to the longevity of Volubilis.

Appreciate why this site has served Hollywood filmmakers?such as Martin Scorcese--who are interested in recreating settings from the Roman period.

Be able to formulate a basic timeline of Moroccan history to include Carthaginian, Punic, Roman and Isrisid influence and contributions.

Available in the following sessions