Saturday Afternoon Treats

This one’s for all the people who’ve been complaining that I didn’t give you enough notice of Gina’s Asclepius seminar…! Make sure you book soon, because spaces do go quickly.



There are some really exciting Saturday Afternoon Seminars coming up, presented by Dr Gina May.  They start with Roman Coins Uncovered on Saturday 9th November which looks at a range of coins from Ancient Rome and the history and politics that inspired their manufacture.

The following month on Saturday 14th December comes Myth As Ornament which explores the boundaries of myth and the way in which ancient writers used and manipulated myth in the creation of their own stories.

Saturday 18th January 2020’s topic is Ancient Egyptian Gynaecology which examines the Ancient Egyptian’s perception of the female reproduction system, the role and gender of the ancient Egyptian physician, the diagnosis and treatment of gynaecological conditions, the importance of fertility and methods of contraception and abortion.

In February 2020, on Saturday 22nd, Myth and the Philosophers looks at what happens to myth when it is exposed to an urban, leisured society.  The natural critics of mythology were the philosophers who could easily foster a view that the world could be described in material and materialistic terms.

On Saturday 21st March 2020, Roman Funerary Practices and working with Inscriptions looks at the importance of funerary customs and what they say about life in Rome.  Inscriptions on tombstones are examined in order to see what they tell us about men, women and children’s deaths and the way in which they were mourned.

On Saturday 18th April 2020 Metamorphoses, Animal Myths and Trickster Mythology looks at tricksters in Greek mythology compared to Middle Eastern gods and trickery in the Old Testament.  It then goes on to look at the theme of tricksters as the underdog, Ovid’s Metamorphoses and the many cases of young women who turn into trees or birds, pirates into dolphins and rulers into stars.

The Kindness of Strangers on Saturday 23rd May 2020 looks at the issue of child sacrifice and abandonment in Western Europe from Antiquity until the Middle Ages.  This illuminating course offers a new look at attitudes to childhood, the nature of the family, property and the nature of birth control from the ancient into the modern world.



There are also a range of 6 week courses which are guaranteed to enhance your knowledge of the Ancient World and give you a working knowledge of Latin and Greek.

The newest 6 week course is on Academic Practice which will teach you how to write, read, research, and argue like a scholar.  Referencing, presentation, bibliographies, syntax, grammar, developing an academic voice, using data bases and online language dictionaries are also included.   The course teaches you all you need to know to be able to demonstrate your knowledge in a way that gets you the marks you deserve.  Places are limited to 5 in each session so that participants can work closely with the others in the group, and with the tutor, to get the most out of the course as possible.



For more information go to  There is a 10% discount off the total if you book more than one course at a time.


2 thoughts on “Saturday Afternoon Treats

  1. Thanks for this I think I may try and get to a couple

    When are you going to be in Newcastle so we can catch up and I can pick youur brains? All the best David C



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