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Christmas before we knew it: Saturnalia unwrapped

Course Dates: 11/12/21
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
We all need a lift as winter sets in and the days get shorter... and the ancient Romans were no exception. The festival of Saturnalia was a time of 'libertas Decembri' (as the poet Horace put it), and included some customs that might strike a chord with modern day practices.
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Course Code: RCX913

Sat, day, 11 Dec - 11 Dec '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The festival of Saturnalia and its customs.

What will we cover?

This light-hearted, interactive taster session will focus on a selection of objects related to how the ancient Romans celebrated Saturnalia; its origins and evolving customs. There will also be a chance to explore ancient texts evidencing how Romans themselves viewed this time of year.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Contribute to a discussion about how Saturnalia reflected aspects of ancient Roman culture, and its similarities and differences with modern winter/end of year celebrations.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This is a taster session and does not require any previous knowledge.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

The session consist of a lecture with opportunities to ask questions.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?


When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Any other Ancient Civilisation classes.

Deborah Hyde

Deborah Hyde has loved history since her earliest schooldays. She now holds an MA in Classical Civilisation from Birkbeck, University of London and was joint winner of the 2011 Catherine Jane Booth prize for the study of Classics. Having first discovered the ancient world as a mature student, widening participation in its study is her passion -- she creates and teaches courses for which are designed to be accessible and enjoyable for people of all levels of knowledge. Deborah also leads reading groups exploring classical texts in translation, and is a WEA approved tutor. Her interests range from the origins of archaic Greek poetry to early Christian saints. “The ancient world is really good to think with. In Greek, Roman and other ancient societies, we can find roots, contrasts, parallels and thus understandings of our own identities and the ways our communities are organised. As Bob Marley so rightly said: ‘If you know your history, then you will know where you’re coming from’.”

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