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Looking Ahead to the New Year 2019

Book now to enjoy an inspiring term of fascinating courses

Choose from a rich variety of courses starting in January 2019

BOOK NOW!    Contact Gillian Hovell  by email  or    Tel. 07860 637301    Places are limited.

Join The Muddy Archaeologist in locations around the Harrogate region for fascinating explorations into the ancient world.

Virgil’s Aeneid : What the Romans really thought about Troy

Mondays 10am – 12 noon at  Christ Church, Harrogate

and parallel course   1.15-3.15pm North Stainley Village Hall

14th January to 25th March 2019 (no sessions  9th, 25th Feb & 4th March)

£100 for eight 2-hour richly illustrated sessions  

Virgil Aeneid Jan 2019 Course outline

Maybe you watched BBC’s Troy?  Maybe you’d like to know more?   Why not see it from the Romans’ viewpoint, as well as from the Ancient Greeks.  Join us and explore the adventure that was the Story of Troy.

As a taster, listen here to me, Gillian Hovell, The Muddy Archaeologist, reading Book 1 of Dryden’s poetic translation of the Aeneid.

Texts shall be read in translation with short extracts also in the original Latin to enjoy the richness and depth of the words used by this master poet, called ‘The Lord of Language’ by Tennyson.  Non-Latin readers and rusty Latinists very welcome – full guidance will be given.

BOOK NOW!    Contact Gillian Hovell  by email  or    Tel. 07860 637301    Places are limited.

Greek and Roman Art

Wednesdays 10am -12 noon  at the Old Deanery, Ripon
23rd January to 3rd April 2019

£100 for eight 2-hour richly illustrated sessions
Course outline to follow

Get to grips with Greek and Roman art, starting with the earliest Cycladic art and sculpture.  Each week, we shall explore different media: we discover vibrant pottery, innovative sculpture and the use of precious metals and gems.  The Romans adopted and adapted Greek art, developed frescoes and mosaics and perfected the art of glassware.  A surprising source of art is the rich wealth of images on coins, both Greek and Roman.

Art was part of daily life in the ancient world; images and stories surrounded everyone and we too immerse ourselves in ancient art.

Texts shall be read in translation with short extracts also in the original Latin to enjoy the richness and depth of the words used.  Non-Latin readers and rusty Latinists very welcome – full guidance will be given.

This richly illustrated course will depict ancient life, art and architecture in a fresh and vital way.    Please join us.

BOOK NOW!    Contact Gillian Hovell  by email  or    Tel. 07860 637301    Places are limited.

Latin Reading Group :  Virgil’s Aeneid

Thursdays 10-11am  (arrive 9.45am for refreshment)

at 212 Woodfield Road, Harrogate, HG1 4JF
17th September 2019 onwards
£10 per session  Pay as you Go

Guided close reading and tuition enabling a deeper understanding of the beauty and skill of Virgil’s great epic, the Aeneid.   Extracts explored from one book each week.  Some basic experience of Latin required.

BOOK NOW!    Contact Gillian Hovell  by email  or    Tel. 07860 637301    Places are limited.

ALSO: Join me for Saturday Lifelong Learning courses at York University this term:

Latin Yesterday, Today and For Ever
Saturday  19th January 2019 : York University STUDY DAY

Our English language is packed with words and phrases that derive from Latin; explore how every part of our modern lives is coloured and  given depth by words from the Romans. Just how and why did Latin  travel through the millennia and centuries long after Rome’s fall? And  how and why do we still encounter Latin every day of our lives?

We shall travel through the ages to explore the dynamics, invasions and inventions that kept and continue to keep Latin firmly in the limelight.

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A Mediterranean Tour: Not Just a Load of Old Stones
Saturday  9th February 2019 : York University STUDY DAY

Delphi

Be prepared for your Mediterranean holiday or discover the big picture   around those archaeology TV documentaries. This is ancient history   brought vividly to life, from the first farmers in the Mediterranean through   the Egyptians and on into the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Phoenicians,   Etruscans, Archaic Greeks, Classical Greeks and the all-conquering   Romans.

Discover not just the exciting histories, but explore the   distinctive identities of each of these great cultures, their vibrant   connections and their art and innovations that helped to shape the   Western World.

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Classical Literature: Meeting the Authors
Saturday  16th February 2019 : York University STUDY DAY

Classical literature shaped our Western culture. This richly illustrated course will provide a guide to and a celebration of classical writers, from Homer, through Hesiod and the Greek historians, playwrights and philosophers, into the Golden Age of imperial Roman poets, writers and historians. The Silver Age and beyond take us to the Classical   authors’ impact on the Renaissance and Christian writings.

Explore the   narrative of ancient literature, the contexts, connections, and even   legacies in later centuries; classical literature really is accessible and   relevant.

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BOOK NOW, and then sit back and enjoy your Christmas festive season while looking forward to a thrilling adventure into the past and into the way our world today has been shaped.
All with good company and a friendly welcome.

Also Available to book York University Lifelong Learning Study days
Throughout the 2018-2019 academic year

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Britain: Digging into our Ancient Past
Saturday  4th May 2019 : York University STUDY DAY   More info