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Theme: Revealing the Ancient World

Discover the secrets of Egyptian mummies and learn about the Ancient Greeks from their ten unique personality traits. Find out whether Sparta was really odd. Rediscover Rome through its coinage and the reign of its first Emperor, Augustus.

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Fri
19
Jun

Rethinking the Coinage of Roman Britain

We can discover a great deal about the past from coins, but within archaeology they are often marginalised and misunderstood. This engaging talk will tackle the broader aspects of Roman Britain, coinage, and Romanisation, before presenting Barry’s ideas, data, and discoveries.

Tue
16
Jun

Women in Early Buddhist Inscriptions (South Asia, 300 BCE – 300 CE)

In this talk, Alice Collett will survey some early South Asian inscriptions made by Buddhist women, and discuss what they reveal to us about the lives of Buddhist women living in South Asia some 2,000 years ago. The talk will focus on inscription sites in North and Central India and Sri Lanka, and will include images of ancient Buddhist monuments and cave sites.

Fri
12
Jun

Augustus: From Revolutionary to Emperor

Adrian Goldsworthy tells the story of how Augustus rose from an obscure teenager to become Rome's first and greatest emperor, and the most powerful man in the world.

Wed
10
Jun

Egyptian Mummies: Secrets and discoveries

Professor Joann Fletcher of the University of York’s Department of Archaeology reveals some of the new discoveries and hidden secrets uncovered during her work as part of the University’s ‘Mummy Research Group’.

Wed
10
Jun

Ancient Sparta: How odd?

Apart from Athens, no other ancient Greek city plays so prominent a role in the long development of the Classical tradition than Ancient Sparta. But how different, or odd, was Sparta, really?

Tue
9
Jun

Introducing the Ancient Greeks

Who were the ancient Greeks? They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. But what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? Expertly researched and elegantly told, this indispensable introduction unveils a civilisation of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity.

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