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Talk: io Saturnalia -- Happy Christmas the Roman Way!

  When: Monday 19 November: 8pm
  How often: 3rd Monday of month, except July, August, December
  Cost: Free for Arts Society members, £7 non-members**
  Email: EDFAS
 

Lecture : io Saturnalia -- Happy Christmas the Roman Way! by Gillian Hovell

** Non-members welcome to attend up to 3 lectures per year, £7 per lecture
** Students under 18, free of charge

We are meeting in the William Barry Theatre at the University of West London.

The lecture will start promptly at 8pm, with admission to the room from 7.15 when a glass of wine will be available.

Some parking is to be found in the UWL car park accessed from The Park on the north side of the campus.

Otherwise, parking restrictions in the surrounding streets are lifted from 7.30pm

Where: William Barry Theatre (check website for venue), University of West London, St Mary's Road
Ealing, London W5 5RF

Early Christians celebrated Christmas at the same time as the ancient Romans were feasting and partying for their pagan Saturnalia festival.

Many of the pagan habits were therefore absorbed into our Chistmas traditions.

Present giving, holly and even party hats all have their origins in this 2,000 year old party.

This talk will revel in artwork that is ancient and modern as we un-wrap the images and stories behind our festive season.


Gillian Hovell graduated in Latin and Ancient History from Exeter University and worked in BBC Television.

She and went on to become an award-winning freelance writer, author and public speaker, specialising in archaeology, pre-history and in the Greek and Roman eras

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