ZOOM LECTURE: 11.00, Wednesday 23 September 2020


For nearly 200 years, members of the elite travelled the great sites of Europe on ‘The Grand Tour’.  What ancient sites did they visit and what civilizations have we unearthed since?   What cultures and what sites are we privileged to have discovered since then? Today we embark on  our own Grand Tour of the distinctive civilizations of the ancient Mediterranean and the stories of their discovery.  Egypt, Mycenaeans, Minoans, Archaic and Classical Greece, Etruscans, Phoenicians and Carthaginians, and Romans – they’re all here!

  Gillian Hovell is an award-winning author who specialises in relating the ancient world to our modern lives, in person, in the field, online and in the media. Her publications include Visiting the Past: A guide to finding and understanding Britain’s Archaeology and Roman Britain. Forthcoming: Latin Yesterday, Today and For Ever, and A Mediterranean Tour: Not just a Load of Old Stones. Gillian teaches adult education courses in Latin, archaeology and ancient history and lectures, widely and passionately, on cruises and tours and for museums such as the British Museum and the Ashmolean.