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A comparison of Knossos, Akrotiri and Nauplia, by a Byzantine specialist?

Robin Cormack is well known to our guests on Aegean Odyssey, as one of our most popular guest lecturers. He has travelled with us on several occasions lecturing on his specialist subject of Byzantine history. On this voyage, Robin was interested in a different era of ancient history and the way two famous ancient sites are accessible to guests – an interesting departure for this expert of Byzantium history! ———————– “Aegean Odyssey left Istanbul on the evening of 27 August …

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From Venice to Athens – amazing sites and so much more

Nigel Ramsey joined us earlier this summer as one of our expert lecturers on the subject of Medieval History. Read on to discover what he found most special about his Voyages to Antiquity cruise. ——– “I’m a historian, and so for me the trip from Venice to Athens was a succession of glimpses of the past glories of one maritime power after another. We were seeing how the Venetians and Ottoman Turks each staked their claims (with the merchants of …

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It’s Not Just about History!

The development of Voyages to Antiquity came about from our founder, Gerry Herrod, reading the book ‘The Middle Sea’. For those of you who haven’t read it, it’s generally regarded as one of the finest books of its type, charting the history of the Mediterranean and the development of the major civilisations. Whilst history and archaeology are still core to our cruises, we also focus on culture, food and literature. To this end we have looked to expand our lecturing …

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The Blog of Dr. Thomas Mannack, one year on (2012)

If you have ever enjoyed Dr Mannack’s company on board Aegean Odyssey, or had a chance to read his blog from last year – you will certainly have become a fan of his unique style and personality, just like the rest of us. His vast knowledge, sense of humour and vibrant personality are always welcome on board our ship – so we were delighted when he stepped in at short notice, after the exams were finished in August, to accompany …

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Even on an ancient archaeological site there is always something new to see

Canon Anne Davison has cruised with us on a number of occassions over the last two years and is popular expert lecturer on comparative religions. Anne will be joining us in March 2013 when we cruise from Singapore to Delhi and on to Istanbul, but from her earlier cruise this year, you can see that she explored a newly opening area of the magnificent site at Ephesus. —— ‘I have been to Ephesus many times and it is always a …

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Q&A with Candace Weddle, Archaeologist and Art Historian

Specialising in the Ancient World, Candace has a PhD in Ancient Greek and Roman Art from the University of Southern California, as well as multiple seasons of archaeological field experience at ancient sites including Ephesus. She recently joined us as lecturer on our “Italy from Designs by Michelangelo”cruise where she was both delighted and fascinated to discover more about the South of France as you’ll hear below. How did you come to be travelling with Voyages to Antiquity? “I contacted …

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Did you know that Francis Broun was a Mud Angel in Florence?

Francis Broun has joined us on four cruises, including the one we filmed for the Travel Channel back in April. Francis is an art historian who brings an expert eye to each cruise. Always entertaining, his lectures enhance our classical programme on each cruise. This blog from his recent cruise from Cannes to Venice will also give you an insight into life beyond Francis’ interest in the history of art. —————— “My recent cruise from Cannes to Venice was my …

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“Does the Jordanian Government really need to get soldiers to dress up as Roman centurions and other highlights”..

Professor Robin Cormack is one of our most popular lecturers as well as the one of the most well-known. This blog was written following one of his cruises with Voyages to Antiquity at the end of 2011 and shows his journey through the Middle East including his first trip through the Suez Canal. — “2011 was the year that lecturing on the Aegean Odyssey became part of my annual diary, with a number of cruises spread over four weeks throughout …

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“Egypt and Voyages to Antiquity are a Special Combination..”

Dr Karen Exell has joined us on two Middle Eastern cruises over the last two years. As one of our younger lecturers, she has brought a new freshness to the history of ancient Egypt as well as wit and knowledge of an amazing period of classical history. (I was lucky to see her lecture at the end of 2010 on how the movies of the 20s and 30s have developed our perception of Egypt and Pharaohs- it was so entertaining!) …

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Romans, Minoans, Mycenaeans and a few other civilisations in just three weeks

Dr Joyce Salisbury joined us last month as we sailed on two cruises which covered the Adriatic and then the Greek islands. These popular cruise itineraries explore a number of different cultures covering many thousands of years. We were delighted that Joyce joined us from the US for these two back to back cruises and over the three weeks we received regular updates on her cruise. ——- Pula and Split Here on Aegean Odyssey, we have just finished two ports …

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