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The Roman Empire – Rise, Decline & Fall – Part 1 – GI 19 748 (Face to Face)

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7 December 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm GMT

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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Monday, repeating until 7 December 2020

Tutor: Rita Jones BA(Hons) DPhil

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Date: 7 December 2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Length of Course:
10 Mondays
28 September 2020
07 December 2020
No Session On:
26 October
£114 – £137
Reference Code:
GI 19 748
Ward Street
Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH


This course presents a lively, engaging account of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. At its height, the Roman Empire spanned across the entire Mediterranean and included more than 60 million inhabitants. The empire was one of the most famous and influential states in all of world history and the story of its spectacular rise, decline and disastrous fall has exerted an irresistible fascination for the last 2,000 years. Part 1 of this course includes history of the Roman Empire from the Early Republic to Gibbon’s Five Good Antonine Emperors.

Please note that special measures have been put into place to mitigate the risk of Coronavirus infection when attending our face-to-face lectures. A one-way system will be in place to control infection risk around the building. Increased cleaning routines and surface cleaning between classes will also be in place.

In the classroom, hand sanitiser will be available and we will ensure a minimum distance of 1 metre between participants, which will be increased if possible. We will pay special attention to ventilation and all participants will be asked to wear a face covering at all times. The tutor will be at a minimum distance of 2 metres from participants at all times and will not be required to wear a face covering to avoid communication problems.



The Roman Empire – Rise, Decline & Fall – Part 1

Head of Augustus as Pontifex Maximus. Late Augustan period, 1st century CE. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

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About the Speaker

Rita Jones


Rita is a graduate of UCL, Department of Archaeology and currently lectures for The Guildford Institute and the WEA. She focuses predominantly on early classical civilisations, the origins of early man and the first urban settlements in Catal Hoyuk and Jerricho.  Her subject areas are Ancient Mesopotamia (Iran and Iraq), The Holy Land, Ancient Greece and Rome, Ancient Egypt, Empires before Alexander, The Ancient Persian Empire, The Etruscans and Greatest Cities and Sites of the Ancient World. The Origins of Civilisation and the fascinating Bronze Age world of the Mycenaeans in Greece and the Minoans in Crete is a particularly fascinating period to study. Over the many years Rita has been lecturing, she has taken students and visited most of the sites covered in her lectures.  All these sites are studied archaeologically and their Classical history is discussed in detail.

Rita lives in Molesey with her two rescued cats and small rescued dog called Digby. She has a son in Wales and a daughter who lives in the States which she visits regularly. Rita also has six grandchildren and two very young great-grandchildren.


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