Lessons in Latin

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has come to Lycoming's Sean McGrath. He is one of 25 students worldwide selected for a year-long Latin study program at the Vivarium novum Academy in Rome, Italy. The program begins in October and all expenses are paid through scholarships and grants from The Mnemosyne Foundation, an organization established to foster interest in the humanities.

"This is an extraordinary achievement for an undergraduate," said Dr. Pamela Gaber, professor of archaeology and Judaic studies at Lycoming. "Sean is an exceptional student. He is in a league with students from Oxford and Cambridge."

A native of Littlestown, Pa., McGrath majored in archaeology and culture of the ancient Near East with a minor in classical studies. He began studying Latin on his own four years ago and also took several courses at Lycoming, where he served as a Latin and Greek tutor. He participated in an archaeological dig at Tel Gezer, Israel, in 2007, and plans to do the same next year at Lycoming's site in Idalion, Cyprus. His future plans include pursuing a doctorate in classical archaeology, specializing in ancient Rome.

"Having the chance to learn about Roman history and culture while living in the eternal city itself, immersed in the language of the ancient Romans, is truly a dream come true," says McGrath. "I consider myself extremely blessed and fortunate to have this opportunity."

McGrath graduated from Lycoming in May and served as the senior class speaker at commencement.

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