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Looking Ahead to the Autumn – Book now to enjoy an inspiring term of fascinating courses

Choose from a rich variety of courses starting in September 2018!

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

Wednesdays 10am – 12 noon at The Old Deanery, Ripon

12th September to 28th November  2018 

£110 for eight 2-hour richly illustrated sessions 
Course outline here

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.

I, Claudius & Other Emperors   by Biographer Suetonius

Mondays 10am -12 noon  at Christ Church, Harrogate
10th September to 3rd December 2018
£120 for ten 2-hour richly illustrated sessions
Course outline here

Remember the BBC’s I, Claudius series of the 1970s?  Or want to know more about the emperors of Rome and their personalities, quirks and alsl the gossip?  Well, the Roman biographer, Suetonius, wrote all about them and coloured our view of the most powerful men in the world, 2,000 years ago.  

Join us and see the Julius Caesar and the first emperors – revered Augustus, moody Tiberius, mad bad Caligula and Claudius the Stammerer – as real people.  The story goes on with deranged Nero, the year of 4 emperors and Vespasian and his two sons, Titus & Domitian.  This is one of the most ‘human’ ways to explore the world of Ancient Rome.

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.

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

Roman Living by Design: Vitruvian Man in Ancient Rome

Mondays 1.15-3.15pm
North Stainley Village Hall
10th September to 3rd December 2018

£120 for ten 2-hour richly illustrated sessions.
Course outline here

This course looks at how Ancient Rome was built – physically and culturally.

With Renaissance-influencing Vitruvius’ de architectura as our guide, we explore how Roman life was designed.  We shall cover everything from the wonders of the Roman baths to interior decorating, and from ancient aesthetics to the Greek influence of geometry, all of which so influenced not just Roman life but the Renaissance

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 :  Suetonius’ Lives of the Emperors

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

at 212 Woodfield Road, Harrogate, HG1 4JF
13th September onwards
£10 per session  Pay as you Go

Guided close reading and tuition enabling a deeper understanding of Latin grammar, and of Suetonius’ gossipy, informative and inspiring work.  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:

Saturday 3rd November 2018 : York University   STUDY DAY
A Muddy History of Britain: Prehistory to the Industrial Revolution

10am-4.30pm
  York University’ Campus: Lifelong Learning

The history of our islands is all around us. Get to grips with recognising the archaeology of the ages – the great sites and the subtler hidden hints – that we walk through as we live our modern lives. This richly illustrated course will explore the what, where, when, who and why of the different eras of our rich history but it will also change how you see the landscape around you. How do archaeological sites show how life changed in our various prehistoric eras or what difference the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings made? And what clues reveal how the medieval world and the industrial revolution changed our land?
Book via York University’s online store    www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning here
Enquiries:  01904 328473    email: 

Saturday 1st December  2018 : York University   STUDY DAY 
Exploring Classical Mythology : Land of Myths and Legends
10am-4.30pm
   York University Campus: Lifelong Learning

The colourful stories from classical mythology are still told today in so many media. But mythology has always been so much more than just stories. This course will take a lively look at mythology’s vital and varying role in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds. What is mythology; how do we define it? And what was it for? Learn to identify that gallery of rogues, the Greek and Roman gods, and discover their often-surprising legacy in our modern world.
Book via York University’s online store    www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning here 
Enquiries:  01904 328473    email: 

Saturday 8th December  2018 : York University   STUDY DAY   SOLD OUT
Exploring Classical Mythology : Land of Myths and Legends
10am-4.30pm   York University Campus: Lifelong Learning
Book via York University’s online store    www.york.ac.uk/lifelonglearning here 
Enquiries:  01904 328473    email: 

BOOK NOW, and then sit back and enjoy your summer bank holiday 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

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

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

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

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