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Choose from a rich variety of courses starting in January 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 winter warming explorations into the ancient world.

Archaeology and ancient history have been flooding in on our TV screens and radios this autumn.  And very welcome it is too!  But would YOU like to know more?

Choose Roman Satire & comedy, or dabble in the Ancient Philosophy that shaped our Western world way of thinking.  Or get to grips with the Archaeology of Prehistoric Britain.  Perhaps the thrill of reading the original Latin of Horace’s poems is more your scene …

Roman Satire :  Finding Humour in the World Around You

Satire & Comedy

Mondays 10am -12 noon  at Christ Church, Harrogate
15th January to 26th February & a final session on 26th March 2018
£110 for eight 2-hour richly illustrated sessions

As we live in a time that is rich in scope for modern political and social comedy and satire, we discover how comedy that is gentle or sharp has been used to ease life since ancient times. 

Content warning:  this course contains mentions of sex, corruption, murder, violence, money, gender issues, social climbing …  as one Roman playwright put it, ‘there’s nothing that can be said that hasn’t been said before’.

Texts shall be read in translation with short extracts also in the original Latin to enjoy the richness and depth of the words used – English derivations abound!  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.

Philosophy & Literature

Ancient Philosophy : How the Greeks and the Romans made sense of the World

Mondays 1.15-3.15pm
North Stainley Village Hall
15th January to 26th February & a final session on 26th March 2018

Also a parallel course  Wednesdays 10-12 noon
at the Old Deanery, Ripon
17th January to 28th February & a final session on 28th March 2018
£110 for eight 2-hour richly illustrated sessions.

The Greeks’ ‘love of wisdom’ (philosophiaembraced the ultimate question, ‘What is truth?’.   Join us and explore the fundamentals of western philosophy; questions about reality, ethics, logic, knowledge and natural science and physics as well as society and politics.  It’s a rich pot-pourri of how the west views the world, both now and when we first began to explore our world and the universe itself, two and a half thousand years ago..

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

Latin Reading Group : HoraceOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
Thursdays 10-11am
at 212 Woodfield Road, Harrogate
18th January – 1st March 2018
£10 per session

Guided close reading and tuition enabling a deeper understanding of Latin grammar, and of Horace’s great works.

As a warm up, enjoy a sample of (translated) quotes from Horace in a spoof Radio 4 day, Horace-style.

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

 

Neolithic Skara Brae & Gillian Hovell

The Archaeology of Prehistoric Britain

 

Tuesday evenings 7.00-9.00pm
Rossett School Adult Education Centre
12th January to 13th February 2018
5 richly illustrated sessions  Great Value at just £43

Explore our ancient past, from the earliest humans on our islands, to the Mesolithic’s ‘Hunter-Gatherer’ times and the first farmers of the Neolithic.  On, into the astonishingly innovative Bronze Age and then the Iron Age & the enigmatic Celts. 

Join ‘The Muddy Archaeologist’, Gillian Hovell, who has excavated on sites from all these ages, to get to grips with the sites, great and small, the latest discoveries, and the finds, what happened when, where, and what life was like and how it changed.  

Bookings:  Contact Melissa or Catherine, Rossett Adult Learning    email  or  Tel. 01423 563768

Get a taste for the Neolithic stone circles,  and Orkney’s OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAamazing Neolithic Ness of Brodgar 5,000 year old ‘temples’ and Skara Brae.   Or the later Bronze Age (and, occasionally, Iron Age) torcs,

BOOK NOW, and then sit back and enjoy Christmas 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.