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Summer Isle – Britain in the third century

An archaeological and historical tour of Britain

Birgitta Hoffmann

30th April              The split province: The army and government in the 3rd century

7th May                 Regencies and child emperors II: Severus Alexander

21st May               Living together: Life in the Cities and the new towns

28th May               Life in the countryside & the rise of the country house

11th June               New gods, old gods: the changing face of religion

 

The lectures can be attended individually or as a complete course.

Day: Thursdays Time: 2pm– 4pm

5 weeks, starting May 30th- June 11th 2020.
Please note: The following dates in the autumn would repalce the original dates of the Summer brochure: 1st October for 30th April, 8th October for 7th May ,15th October for 21st May,  22nd October for 28th May and 29th October 2020 for 11th June. 

If we have to cancel due to Covid-19. If the lectures have to be cancelled:, the lectures and your bookings will be automatically moved to the dates indicated above unless you indicate otherwise at the time of booking or within 5 days of receiving the cancellation of the summer date (by phone or email). 

 

Venue:
Cross Street Chapel
Cross Street, Manchester, M2 1NL

Ostia II – Portus, Isola Sacra and the Via Salaria

Birgitta Hoffmann

A landlocked city of a million inhabitants needs good harbours to keep itself supplied, from the earliest times Rome was very keen at controlling the mouth of the Tiber and the resources it offered, creating its first colony at the mouth of the river – Ostia (literally the mouth of the river).
Focusing on Portus (the man-made harbour at the other branch of the Tiber), this dayschool will explore the economy and infrastructure in the Tiber estuary and its transport links with Rome.

Venue:
Wilmslow Parish Hall
Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA

Please note: The car park is a very busy pay and display car park (£2).

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£32 £28* 9 35

*£28, if booked before, 15 January  2020.

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to the address below. If you would like to pay via BACS or Paypal please contact Birgitta Hoffmann for details.
Birgitta Hoffmann
55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: latinteacher@btinternet.com mobile: 07747 533 070

The Archaeology of Roman Serbia

Birgitta Hoffmann

Serbia/Eastern Lower Pannonia emerged in the Roman Empire as a traffic node between East and West, situated along the Middle Danube with its massive Gorge, as well as the main tributary leading into the Southern Balkans it was rich in natural resources (such as silver and gold and grain growing areas), but also exposed to the numerous threats of invasions from the North.
This dayschool will explore the amazing archaeological remains from the Imperial palaces at Nis and Gamzigrad to the impressive Roman remains along the Danube and the colourful material culture of the area.

Venue:
Wilmslow Parish Hall
Cliff Road, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4AA

Please note: The car park is a very busy pay and display car park (£2).

Price Concessions Minimum No. Maximum No.
£32 £28* 9 35

*£28, if booked before, 15 February  2020.

To book, complete the MANCENT booking form and send it with payment to the address below. If you would like to pay via BACS or Paypal please contact Birgitta Hoffmann for details.
Birgitta Hoffmann
55 Broadwalk, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5PL
email: latinteacher@btinternet.com mobile: 07747 533 070

Past Courses

I know some of you organise lectures for the U3A or local societies and are looking for suitable topics and lecturers. Many of our lecturers are available for one off lectures and will be happy to discuss terms with you.

After a lot of requests, we decided to leave the past courses online, so you can see what we have already done, and what the area of general interest of our lecturers is. I hope you approve.

New exhibition co-curated by our lecturer Anthony Burton

The Elizabeth Gaskell house in Manchester is  showing from February an exhibition on
Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester

Elizabeth Gaskell lived in Manchester from 1832 until her death in 1865, a time of huge change and expansion for the city, which raised many challenges for its residents from the coming of the railways and the Free Trade Movement and the Reform Acts to the Cholera and the Cotton Famine on the other.

The exhibition focuses on the Politics, Commerce, Transport, Learning, Churches, the Mills, the Poor, the Shops, Art, Music and Literature.

Anthony is hoping to offer a day school in the Summer term on the topic

The Elizabeth Gaskell House at 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester M13 9LW

is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 11.00am – 4.30pm (last admission 4pm) enquiries: 0161 273 2215 or enquiries@elizabethgaskellhouse.co.uk

 

 

What is Heka? – An introduction to the Course

Joanne Backhouse

fertility-figurine-2 The course

Heka: The Magical Arts of Ancient Egypt

will focus on the concept of Heka (magic) in ancient Egypt. Heka was a divine force imbued in deities, the king and the dead.  It could be used for good or bad, private or state purposes.  This course will focus on two main areas.  Firstly, deities and ritual practitioners (priests and priestesses), this will include the god Heka and and the gods as healers, for example Sekhmet.  Secondly, the course will examine the objects and images created to channel the power of heka, including execration and fertility figurines, amulets, wands and spell books.

sekhmet-figure-3Although much, if not all, of Egyptian art was magical this course will examine images and objects created specifically for magical practice. A broad definition of magic will be used; which is, any activity that seeks to obtain its goal outside the natural laws of cause and effect, will be deemed magical.

This includes rituals in the home, temples and in the funeral realm; most rituals in ancient Egypt used a combination of recitation and action.

The lectures will demonstrate the assimilation of magic, medicine and religion in ancient Egypt and illustrate how magical practice was part of everyday life. As Egyptologist, Robert Ritner said, ‘one man’s magic is another man’s religion’.  The course also presents a rare opportunity to handle and photograph many magical objects from ancient Egypt at Manchester Museum.

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