Roman civilization grew out of the city of Rome, founded in the Italian Peninsula circa the 9th century BCE. Over a twelve-century period, the ancient state shifted from a small kingdom to an expanding republic to a vast empire. They came to dominate the entire area surrounding the Mediterranean Sea through conquest and unification. Roman civilization was profoundly enhanced by the Greeks, but the Romans also passed on their own magnificent contribution in a wide range of very important areas. The Roman legal system is the origin of the European legal tradition. Their language, Latin, not only gave birth to many European languages, some of which have spread to cover almost entire continents, and enriched the vocabulary of a large number of others, especially English; but continued as such to be used as the most genuine expression of European and universal culture through the ages. The literary legacy of Rome and the millenary Latin tradition is very much alive and keeps inspiring and teaching us. All in all, the Roman civilisation continues to have a major influence on the world today.

The Academia Thules ad Studia Romana Antiqua et Nova specialises in that culture with the objective to propagate it and advance it around the world. They offer degrees and independent courses about Ancient Roman culture as well as for modern Roman organisations.

The Academia Thules ad Studia Romana Antiqua et Nova is a new experiment in education: our courses are arranged through an online-learning system. Teaching at the academia is offered on a voluntary basis and, other than expenses incurred by the student from the cost of instructional materials, is mostly free of charge. Please feel free to explore our website and to ask questions.

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