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Egypt, Greece & Rome

Friday 11th April 2014

Anyone with an interest in the ancient world will very much welcome this new, 3rd, edition of Charles Freeman\'s EGYPT, GREECE & ROME - Civilizations of the Ancient Mediterranean, published by Oxford University Press, in paperback at £35.00 (or hardback £90.00) ISBN 978-0-19-965192-4. From its original publication in 1996, Freeman\'s remarkable text immediately established itself as the book to read if in search of a succinct, scholarly and eminently readable introduction to the ancient world. In scope it covers the origins of western culture from ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia through the Bronze and Iron Ages and offers a particularly thorough overview of Greek and Roman culture from their origins up to the 8th century AD. Though two subsequent editions, Freeman has brought his text up to date, all the while absorbing new research in many different areas. From the first edition, professional scholars have recommended this book repeatedly to their students. Indeed, one of its greatest strengths is that it also appeals to another type of reader - those who are curious to know more about the ancient while not a professional academic. If travelling anywhere in the Mediterranean world, you could make your visit immeasurably more interesting if you read this book. By happy chance Charles Freeman will deploy his expertise on behalf of CICERONI Travel later this year. First, he will give one of our regular Study Days, on A Collapsing Civilisation? with two morning lectures followed by a visit to the British Museum to look at the newly reopened displays on Late Roman and Anglo Saxon Britain. Second, Charles will lead our visit, The Scroll of Heaven! Byzantium – Constantinople – Istanbul from Tuesday 21 October - Monday 27 October 2014 (7 Days) Places are available on both the Study Day and the Istanbul visit.

Georgian Spectacular

Wednesday 5th February 2014

The Royal Collection never ceases to amaze and delight all of us who enjoy spectacular exhibitions. Of these, those that combine both paintings and the decorative arts work best, given the wonderful spaces of The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace are so suited to displays of regal magnificence. The next major exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery will be The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714 – 1760, from 11 April 11 to October 12, 2014 and it is sure not to disappoint. The accession of King George I in 1714 marked a sea-change in many aspects of British life, not least in the arts. The theatrical opulence favoured by the later Stuarts was replaced by a more sober, classicising taste. The exhibition will include over 300 magnificent works from the Royal Collection to include paintings by Guide Reni, Van Dyck, Hogarth and Canaletto together with some remarkable decorative arts, all purchased by the first two Hanoverian monarchs and their families over many decades. The undoubted highlight of the exhibition is sure to be the exquisite objects (paintings, furniture and silver of the highest quality) acquired by Frederick, Prince of Wales. He was the son of George I and father of George III. In many ways he was one of our greatest royal collectors, frequently overshadowed by those other great Royal “magpies” Charles I and George IV. In connection with this exhibition, Tom Duncan will give a Study Day on the exhibition with two morning lectures at The Linnean Society in Piccadilly, followed by timed entry to the Queen’s Gallery on that afternoon.

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