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Santa Claus from the Coca Cola ad

A look back at some ancient festive traditions

As the festive season gets in to full swing and we all start thinking about our plans for the big day, we decided to look back at some ancient festive traditions – all of which we are all still familiar with to this very day.  Ancient Rome, Old Nordic, Byzantium and Medieval Europe each offer an interesting glimpse into the past and how these traditions have shaped the present.   ANCIENT ROME Throughout the world, homes and streets blaze with …

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John Julius feels that Sicily is both geographically and historically at the center of the Mediterranean

The Middle Sea by Lord John Julius Norwich

Historian and travel writer, Lord John Julius Norwich’s epic history plays a huge part in the very foundations of Voyages to Antiquity and is the inspiration behind our new April cruise – ‘A voyage through the Middle Sea’, and we are very excited to announce that he will be joining us on board Aegean Odyssey in spring 2017. Founder Gerry Herrod was inspired by the book “The Middle Sea,” about the fabled ancient civilisations that flourished in the eastern and …

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Iceland, Faroes and Shetland Islands by Brian Williams

In June and August 2017, we will be embarking on a voyage to Iceland, Faroes & Shetlands – an exploration of the beautiful landscape of Iceland, the gushing geysers, rumbling volcanoes and creeping glaciers. Guest lecturer Professor Brian Williams, Emeritus Professor of Geology at the University of Aberdeen will be accompanying the Iceland cruise in August 2017, he tells us the importance of Iceland for geologists. Iceland, the land of “Fire, Ice and Water”, is best known for it’s dramatic and frequent volcanic …

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Greek Temple of Segesta, Sicily

Q&A with Dr Paul Roberts, Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum

Dr Paul Roberts, a NADFAS Accredited Lecturer, is the newly appointed Sackler Keeper of Antiquities at the Ashmolean Museum. He studied at the Universities of Cambridge, Sheffield and Oxford and lived in Italy for several years. He was the driving force behind the major exhibition “Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum“. He was also co-curator at the recent Ashmolean Exhibition, “Stroms, War and Shipwrecks; Sicily and the Sea – the history of Sicily through shipwreck”. You recently joined the …

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Jacaranda tree in Funchal

Explore the Western Mediterranean’s natural beauty in May 2017

In May 2017, Aegean Odyssey will begin her first cruise of the season from the picturesque island of Madeira, exploring beautiful coastlines and the dramatic landscape of the Canary Islands before sailing onwards to Morocco and Seville. This voyage will allow guests the chance to experience some of the natural wonders of the world, including the Caldera de Taburiente National Park in La Palma and the stunning Botanical Gardens in Funchal. Professor Sandy Primrose has highlighted some of the wonderful gardens …

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Doric Temple E, Selinunte. Sicily, one of the colonies where the Greeks came into contact with the Phoenicians © David Price-Williams

Writing off for a cruise – By David Price-Williams

With Voyages to Antiquity now featuring the Western Mediterranean, guest lecturer David Price-Williams looks at the archaeology of the many sites around the islands and inlets of Italy, Sicily, Sardinia, Southern France, Spain and the like. If you consult the guide books, you’ll find that many of the important ancient coastal cities are described as being ‘Phoenician’ in origin, though in truth there seems at first sight to be little evidence for that. In any case who were the Phoenicians? …

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Aegean Odyssey in Delos

Greece is a country of many pasts and many presents by Alex Motyl

Guest lecturer Professor Alexander J. Motyl takes us on a journey from Athens to Athens, as he remembers his recent visit to Greece on board Aegean Odyssey last month. Having first travelled to Greece as a student in 1976; he has regularly visited the incredible architectural heritage of this beautiful region. There is the world of Minoan, Mycenean, and Athenian civilization. There is the world of the secular Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires. There is the world of the sacred Christian Orthodox …

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The Ashmolean Museum © Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford

Voyages to Antiquity becomes member of the Ashmolean Museum’s Corporate Circle

Voyages to Antiquity is delighted to announce its membership of the Ashmolean Museum’s exclusive, Corporate Circle – we are delighted to be supporting such an amazing museum and one that is based near our head office in Oxford. The Ashmolean is the University of Oxford’s museum of art and archaeology and was founded in 1683. The museum’s collections are extraordinarily diverse, representing most of the world’s great civilisations, with objects dating from 8000 BC to the present day. Among many …

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To France’s wine valleys and beyond

In June 2016, we will be embarking on a voyage to ‘The Best of France and Portugal’ – an exploration of the beautiful landscapes and sites of Northern France, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux, as well as Lisbon and Oporto in Portugal. To match an already amazing itinerary, we have prepared an outstanding lecture programme on board to make the culture and history of this region come to life. One of our guest experts is wine educator John Ducker, who …

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Church of St Nicholas on Gemiler Island

A Brush with Father Christmas

Christmas is once more upon us, with all the razzmatazz, children’s presents, and Santa Claus, the real ‘ho ho ho’ icon of the festive season. But did you know that Santa Claus was originally from the city of Patara in modern-day Turkey?… Dr David Price-Williams, one of our lovely speakers currently on board Aegean Odyssey, has sent us this lovely story – read on below! Santa Claus was born sometime around 280 AD. He didn’t spend his formative years in Lapland, as you …

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