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Lifelong Learning

Talking to the gods: recent research from Roman Britain Event

Study Day
10:00 - 16:00
21 November 2015
Avenue Campus Highfield Road Southampton SO17 1BF

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Event details

Creating a more powerful being has been a human instinct throughout much of history, and from the temples of Egypt to Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, some of the greatest works of human creativity has been channelled into how to interact with them. For the people of Britain living under Roman rule, conquest not only brought new gods, but also new forms of buildings to worship them through. From the monumental remains of the Temple to Sulis at Bath, to the small rural shrines, archaeology has revealed an array of different forms these buildings took.

In the last ten years, there have been exciting new discoveries about the variability this took, with new temples discovered, and known sites re-excavated. Advances in techniques have increased the amount of information we can extract from excavation, and so we can now understand how temples fit into their wider landscapes, and the kinds of rituals people carried out in these places. This workshop presents the results of some of the most significant research, pulling this material together for the first time.

This study day is kindly sponsored by the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.


Dr. Andrew Birley (Vindolanda Trust): Gods of place and gods of places at a military base: the Goddess of the Ardennes Mountains, Gaul and the worship of Jupiter Dolichenus at Vindolanda

Prof. Ian Haynes (Newcastle University) and Dr. Tony Wilmott (Newcastle University): The Roman Temples Project, Maryport: A centre for the Jupiter Cult on the North West Frontier

Dougie Killock (Pre-Construct Archaeology): Tabard Square London

John Pearce (King's College London): Seeing the gods: divine images from making to unmaking in Londinium and beyond

Discussion: led by Prof. Tim Champion (University of Southampton)

Zena Kamash (Royal Holloway): Understanding Continuity and Change on Temple Sites: the case of Marcham/Frilford

Alexander Smith (University of Reading): Alternative architectures of sacred space in the Romano-British countryside

Dr Louise Revell (University of Southampton): Writing a religious history of Roman Britain



£40 full rate (£30 Loyalty Scheme price*)

£25 loyalty rate (Roman Society Members, Harbour Lights Members, Friends of Parkes, English Teachers Network, U3A members, university staff and alumni)

£12.50 discount rate (students/sixth form & college students and those in receipt of income-based Job Seeker's Allowance, Income Support, Working Tax Credit, Council Tax or Housing Benefit)

All prices include lunch and refreshments

*The Loyalty Scheme price is available for those paying the full rate, once you have purchased one study day at full price (£40) you are then entitled to pay £30 for other study days during the academic year. Please select this option in the Online Store but please note you can not use the Loyalty Scheme to pay for other guests.


Please note that BOOKING IS NOW CLOSED. Prior booking is required to attend this event. 

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