Roman life in Coffs Harbour

TO quote Mark Antony in the Shakespeare play Julius Caesar: "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears".
In addition to the large exhibition of Roman and Greek antiquities currently on show at Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery, Gallery curator/director Dr Leigh Summers has revealed that experts from Macquarie University's Museum of Ancient Cultures are also offering a series of public lectures that open a window on everyday life in Ancient Rome.

"The Gallery exhibition - Veni, Vidi, Vici (I Came, I Saw, I Conquered) - has proved to be every bit as popular with the public as we'd hoped and we've had huge numbers of people through the doors since it opened last month," Dr Summers said.

"So I'm sure there are many people out there who would very much welcome the chance to hear experts such as Macquarie University's Karl Vandyke and Professor Thomas Hillard explain how people who lived 2,000 years ago led their everyday lives."

The first lecture will feature Karl Vandyke speaking about Ancient Roman Gardens in general, with particular reference to vegetable and herb gardens.

It will be held on Thursday, May 3, at the North Coast Regional Botanic Garden. Bookings are essential as places are limited.

Participants are to meet at the Botanic Garden reception at noon for a short walk to the Sensory Garden. Walking shoes and umbrellas are advised.

On Saturday, May 5, Professor Thomas Hillard will speak on life in Ancient Rome at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery at 10am.

Again bookings are essential as places are limited.

Tickets for each lecture cost $5 per person.

To secure a place for either lecture, please call the Gallery Reception on 6648 4861 or call into the Gallery on the corner of Coff and Duke Streets.



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