Ancient Greece, led by Juliet Walker, has been running since January 2015. The group meets once a month, on the first Wednesday, in Mountford 3 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.
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 in 2019 did some play reading, organised by two of the group members. This went down very well! We shall be moving on to some historical figures and events, including philosophers, and looking further at literature, but art and archaeological finds will never be abandoned! We have started 2020 by looking at the archaeological finds in and around the Palace of Nestor at Pylos.
We have been on five trips to London, with a sixth possible in 2020/21, 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 last summer. This year we plan to visit the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to look at the Greek and Roman galleries. Highlights 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. Another trip may follow ...
** The group is full at the moment, and the waiting list will remain closed until all the people on it have secured a place. [Updated March 2020] **
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