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Io Saturnalia! Happy Christmas the Roman way Gillian Hovell Tuesday 03 December 2019

This lecture will be followed by our Christmas Party. Tickets will be on sale in the autumn.

Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same time as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival. Many of the pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Christmas traditions. Present-giving, holly and even party-hats all have their origins in this 2000 year old party. This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient and modern as we unwrap the images and stories behind our festive season.

Gillian gained a BA (Hons) in Latin and Ancient History at Exeter University before branching out into archaeology. She 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). Publications include Visiting the Past: A guide to finding and understanding Britain's Archaeology and Roman Britain. Forthcoming Latin Yesterday, Today and For Ever, and A Mediterranean Tour: Not just a Load of Old Stones. Gillian teaches adult education courses in Latin, archaeology and ancient history. She has lectured for the British Museum, York University and the Ashmolean, and has also been guest lecturer on cruises, at literary festivals, and for diverse societies including Classical Associations, the U3A and the National Trust.