Ancient Greece, led by Juliet Walker, has been running since January 2015. The group meets once a month, on the first Wednesday, at the Community Centre. Meetings are from 2.00pm to 4.00pm, with a tea break in the middle. A contribution of 50p is made to cover the cost of refreshments and handouts, plus 20p to pay for the hire of the ECA digital projector. Meetings were held by Zoom for almost 18 months, but have now resumed face to face, in a larger venue - Mountford 1 and 2.
A reminder email is always sent out a week beforehand. So far we have concentrated mainly on sculpture, architecture, archaeology, mythology and religion, ranging from Classical Greece, back to Minoan and Mycenaean Civilisations. We have also looked briefly at aspects of life in Ancient Athens, theatre and vases, and have done some play reading, organised by two of the group members. In 2021 we have moved on to some historical figures and events, studying Socrates in particular, but we shall also look at smaller details of the daily lives of citizens. Whatever else we do, art and archaeological finds will never be abandoned!
We have been on five trips to London, to see exhibitions at the British Museum, and have had Greek meals in London, Chichester - and Emsworth! We sometimes visit the Romans too, and headed to the IoW to Brading Roman Villa in summer 2019. On hold is our plan to visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to look at the Greek and Roman galleries. Highlights of the last six years have been a trip to mainland Greece, in Spring 2017, to see the ancient sites, and in Autumn 2018, to one of the outposts of the ancient Greeks - Sicily.
** The group is full at the moment, but there is a waiting list **
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