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A Mediterranean Tour Gillian Hovell Wednesday 13 March 2019

Not Just a Load of Old Stones

How and why our art (even in our modern homes) owes so much to the Romans. When the Romans invaded in AD 43 they came to stay and they brought with them not just their soldiers and their language, but their culture, way of life and art. We tap into what archaeology can tell us about the lives of ancient Britons as they adapted to Roman rule. As town life became the way ahead, art and skills flourished and became embedded in our society. We look at our own modern lives too and explore the continuing impact of Rome’s invasion of Britain. We are still a product of Ancient Rome and, after this talk, your own homes will never look the same again! 


Gillian Hovell has a BA (Hons) Latin and Ancient History, Exeter University, and then branched out into archaeology. She has worked for the BBC, lectured for the British Museum and York University and is an award-winning writer and author who specialises in relating the ancient world to our modern lives in person, in the field, on line and in the media (most recently on Radio 4).