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A 4-part lecture series with 4 x 90 mins (max) sessions, online once a week on Thursday mornings. NB tickets £20 for the full series of 4

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Floreat: Roots and Branches that Flourished in the Classical World

A series of four lectures: we set the scene identifying biblical plants, starting with the Garden of Eden – what was the Tree of Knowledge? The second session examines Ancient Greece through architecture, wall paintings and writings exploring divine and medicinal plants. How the Nile’s rich rewards were harnessed by the Ancient Egyptians will be the focus of the third evidenced in rich surviving illustrations. Their extensive gardens and plantings inspired the Ancient Romans, the subject of the fourth lecture. Throughout this series classical plants are central whether in murals, mosaics, architecture, writing or indeed still living.

Week 1. Thurs Oct 8th: Introduction – Edenic paradise to expulsion, from apples to lemons.

Week 2. Thurs Oct 15th: Ancient Greece under the shade of Zeus and Athene’s trees and the plant ethics of Hippocrates and Socrates.

Week 3. Thurs Oct 22nd: Planting Ancient Egypt and the waft of rose scented sails.

Week 4. Thurs Oct 29th: Ancient Rome, gardens, garlands and classical introductions.

Attendees will be sent a Zoom link 2 days prior to the start of the course, and a link to the recorded session will be sent to attendees shortly afterwards.

Caroline Holmes is an experienced and accomplished lecturer working for a wide range of organisations including leading tour and cruise operators. She is also a Course Director for the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education including this year’s Virtual Summer Festival of Learning 2020. Her own gardens are open to the public and have featured in many magazine articles and on television in both Britain and Japan. She is author of 11 books including a comprehensive history of Water Lilies published in 2015. For more information about Caroline see her website: www.horti-history.com

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