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The Coleraine Hoard Review

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Dr Peter Crawford & Dr Raoul McLaughlin investigated the probable origins of a hoard of Roman silver objects found near Coleraine

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland’s inaugural summer lecture on the ‘Coleraine Hoard’ attracted an enthusiastic crowd on a fine summer evening at Queen’s University.

In a lavishly illustrated joint presentation, Drs Peter Crawford and Raoul McLaughlin took listeners through the history of the discovery of one of Ireland’s most enigmatic hoards of late Roman coinage and hack-silver. The peoples of Ireland and Britain were vividly evoked and the historic traffic of ideas, artefacts and culture between the islands carefully explained. With the very recent finds of Roman rings at Murlough in Dundrum Bay, Roman treasure in Ireland is hot news and the speakers expertly fielded splendid questions from the audience.

The lecture is heading next to the home of the hoard and The Coleraine Historical Society and then on into schools in Northern Ireland. The fate of the hoard itself, now scattered in Belfast and London, prompted the admirable idea of calling for its repatriation in the Ulster Museum.

Watch this space!

Dr J. R. Curran

Associate Director (undergraduate affairs)

The Institute of Theology

Queen’s University Belfast 

EXTRACT FROM THE PRESENTATION

“The old, overworked statement that, ‘The Romans never came to Ireland’ no longer represents a widely-held view. If the Irish could raid and trade in Britain, then the Romans could, and did, cross to Ireland. Archaeological finds, including a silver hoard unearthed by a farm labourer near Coleraine in 1854, have taken the discussion of Romano-Irish relations beyond just “trade and raid” into a consideration of more intricate and sophisticated social and political interactions. These include army recruitment, the movement of migrants and even Irish settlements on Roman land”.

THE STORY OF THE COLERAINE HOARD SUGGESTS THAT IRELAND WAS A LOT MORE ‘ROMAN’ THAN HAS BEEN PREVIOUSLY CONSIDERED

Classics in Communities and Classics for All

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Classics in Communities and Classics for All

16th February 2015

Queen’s University Belfast

Emma Searle & Arlene Holmes-Henderson (Faculty of Classics, Oxford University)

Hilary Hodgson  (Classics for All)

‘How to teach Ancient Greek’ and ‘How to teach Latin’, including practical sessions

Information about teaching approaches, learning and support. Available resources include: course books, online information, downloadable workbooks and teaching materials.  

‘Keeping up Appearances: Roman Emperors on Display’

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‘Keeping up Appearances: Roman Emperors on Display’

Dr Martijn Icks (QUB)

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 6.45 p.m. (followed by winter drinks)

The Bell Lecture Theatre, Physics Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

‘Ancient Rome in a Digital Age’

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Ancient Rome in a Digital Age

Dr Daniëlle Slootjes

How 3D reconstructions and simulations are valuable for the historical study of crowd behaviour in Ancient Rome

Tuesday 3 November, 6.45 pm
Queen’s University, Lanyon Building, Canada Room

CAI SUMMER SCHOOL 2015

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CAI Summer School 2015

14th-15th August 2015

Hosted by the Dublin Branch of the CAI

Renehan Hall, Old Campus, St Patricks’s College, Maynooth University, Dublin

The Coleraine Hoard

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Dr Peter Crawford & Dr Raoul McLaughlin investigated the probable origins of a hoard of Roman silver objects found near Coleraine

The Classical Association in Northern Ireland’s inaugural summer lecture on the ‘Coleraine Hoard’ attracted an enthusiastic crowd on a fine summer evening at Queen’s University.

CAI SUMMER SCHOOL 2014

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15th – 17th August 2014

CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF IRELAND

ANNUAL SUMMER SCHOOL

Voyages and Journeys in the Ancient World

Queen’s University Belfast

 

Professor Richard Talbert (UNC) – Travelling the Roman World 1: With Portable Sundials, 2: With the Peutinger Map

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Professor Andrew Smith (UCD) – ‘The Steep and Rugged Ascent’: The Philosopher’s Journey (Plato, Republic 515e6-7)

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Oliver O’Sullivan (NUI, Maynooth) – ‘In My End is My Beginning’: Ancestry, Death and Complex Characterization in Suetonius

Dr John Curran Converses with Oliver O'Sullivan

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Dr Raoul McLaughlin (QUB) – Greek and Roman Voyages into the Indian Ocean

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Professor Brian Campbell (QUB) – Watery Perspectives; a Roman view of rivers

Prof Campbell Enraptures the Audience with his Journey from Spanish Bleach to Roman Rivers

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Tour of Monastic County Down with Dr Therese Cullen

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