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Sunday November 12

History weekend

Film Screening: Spartacus
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

Rome, Hollywood and revolution in the epic film starring Kirk Douglas as rebellious slave Spartacus and Laurence Olivier as his rival, Roman politician Marcus Licinius Crassus. Dir. Stanley Kubrick.
USA. 1960. 198 mins.

King Arthur: Charles Insley
The Grand Price: £4 Concession: £3

In the mythology of Great Britain Arthur appears as the ideal of kingship in both war and peace but there is disagreement about his possible identity. Charles Insley discusses the history behind the legendary ruler.

Secret Histories: Joel Levy with Ralph Norman
The Grand Price: £6 Concession: £5

In the shadowy recesses of history lie some of the greatest mysteries ever almost-known. What and where is the Holy Grail? Was there ever a city of El Dorado? Will we ever find the lost works of Aristotle and Shakespeare? Levy sifts the truth from the myth in a fascinating journey through legends and theories from over the years.

Projecting the Past: Maria Wyke
The Grand Price: £6 Concession: £5

Brought vividly to life on screen, the myth of ancient Rome resonates through modern popular culture. In this illustrated talk, Maria Wyke, Professor of Latin at University College London, examines how the cinematic traditions of Hollywood and Italy have resurrected ancient Rome to address the concerns of the present.

Ancient History TV: Mary Beard and guests
The Grand Price: £6 Concession: £5

From I, Claudius to the BBC’’s latest series Ancient Rome, Mary Beard, Professor of Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge and Classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement, introduces a discussion about our encounters with this past through the most ubiquitous of modern media.

Desert Monks & Pillar Saints: Rise of the Holy Man: Ralph Norman
The Grand Price: £6 Concession: £5

Although he is neither particularly old, nor particularly mystical, Ralph Norman, senior lecturer in theology at Canterbury Christ Church University, teaches courses on the early church and medieval mysticism. His most recent research publication was on a third-century Turkish neighbour of Santa Claus who wrote books about God and sex.

Film Screening: Palestine is Still the Issue
Metropole Galleries Price: £0

This event is free

The latest documentary instalment in Pilger’’s documentary reporting from Palestine.

Helen of Troy: Goddess, Princess, Whore?: Bettany Hughes
The Grand Price: £8 Concession: £7

The Channel 4 historian presents the historical quest for the most desired and destructive woman that myth has ever known.

Monarchy and Power: David Starkey
The Grand Price: £8 Concession: £7

To close this year’’s History Weekend, Dr Starkey, branded by the Daily Mail as ’’the rudest man in Britain’’, discusses history, monarchy and the rise and fall of power.

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