The Princeton Journeys feature, When in Rome, asks Princeton faculty to provide insider's information about their favorite world-wide destinations. Princeton luminaries are asked three basic questions:
- Why does this destination hold such a fascination for you?
- What are three things one must do "when in Rome," particularly for the first-time visitor?
- What are the two or three things that one should do or places that one should go in this place that won't be found in a typical guidebook?
Current pick: Denis Feeney on Rome
Denis Feeney, the Giger Professor of Latin and Professor of Classics, has led a distinguished career as an expert of Virgil, and the University has recognized his contributions by naming him the Chair of the Council of the Humanities in 2014 and awarding him the Howard T. Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities in 2011. His students laud his ability to bring ancient texts about long-gone cultures to life through points of continuity with and recurring themes in today's society. He brought his passion for antiquity to Princeton Journeys in the summer of 2014. Armed with copies of The Odyssey and The Aeneid, alumni voyaged from Tunis to Rome with Professor Feeney to explore the Mediterranean maritime routes of trade and war once traversed by the Romans, Carthaginians and Greeks. The suggested destination in this When in Rome feature will therefore come as no surprise. His pick: Rome.