PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS GROUP IS TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO FAMILY ILLNESS But Jane hopes very much to resume it in 2020 as it is such a lively and entertaining group. Always 'full' and everyone full of fun and enthusiasm.
We no longer restrict our interests to Greece and Rome alone but cover other ancient civilisations too. No-one is an 'expert'. We pool any information or experience we do have and no previous knowledge of classics or ancient history is required. The way we study depends on the topic we choose. Individual research agreed in advance is a common tactic, with each person then doing a very short informal presentation of what they've found out. We also read out loud sometimes or very occasionally watch a DVD. We talk a lot as well as learning a good deal and eating quite a bit of cake. The decisions about what to research are made democratically (naturally), with Jane willing to exercise the odd spot of tyranny if necessary.
We started by reading Homer’s Iliad (in English of course) which took us over two years but proved to be an excellent foundation for much else. It was followed by various aspects of Greek Myths. One afternoon was enjoyably spent 'messing around' with the Ancient Greek alphabet. Another similar one was later devoted to hieroglyphics. A couple of meetings have been trips to exhibitions at the British Museum.
After a few months with the Vikings we moved on to a year on the Ancient Egyptians and a brief canter around the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Our 5 year anniversary was followed by Alexander the Great and then a few selected Roman Emperors. We've been studying Ancient China for the last year but are now ready to move on. The usual interest survey has identified as top priorities: Pompeii & Herculaneum, The Odyssey, Ancient Britain, reading a Greek play; Virgil's Aeneid, and looking at some Greek & Roman philosophers. Enough to keep us going for another 5 years.