Roman Villas - How the Other Half Lived

Location: Chichester

  • See some of the finest Roman mosaics in Britain, like the gladiator mosaic from Bignor Roman villa
  • The latest theories about villas explained by your expert guide
  • Chance to view and handle artefacts from the great Roman Palace of Fishbourne

 

Villas were one of the major features of the Romano-British landscape and remain a constant source of fascination and debate: farms or great houses? British landowners or absentee landlords? Th e place of these establishments in the life of Roman Britain is still uncertain.

Fishbourne and Bignor in Sussex are two very different examples of Romano-British villas. 

The great palace at Fishbourne was founded with rich mosaics and decoration very early on, before being abandoned aft er a fire in the 3rd Century AD. Here we will look at the site and its mosaics - considering the competing (sometimes controversial) theories put forward to explain this remarkable and elaborate complex, which would not be out of place in Italy. In contrast, Bignor Villa has a more typical development, beginning as a small farming establishment and growing into a great courtyard villa with elaborate mosaics by the 4th Century AD.

Opulence, grandeur and wealth - these two villas had it all!

Themes

  • Romans

Itinerary 2017

Day 1

Meeting time / place
09:30 at Fishbourne Roman Palace

End time / place
17:00 at Fishbourne Roman Palace

 

Morning
Guided tour of the fabulous mosaics and gardens of Fishbourne Roman Villa, followed by artefact handling session with some of the finds from the site.

Lunch
A light sandwich lunch in the Palace Café.

Afternoon
After lunch, a private coach will transport us to Bignor Roman Villa, where we will explore the grounds and mosaics, discussing the similarities and contrasts with the morning’s visit. There may be time to enjoy an ice cream at the end of the day, before heading back on the coach to Fishbourne Roman Palace where we disperse.

What's Included

  1. Expert Guide Lecturer
  2. Lunch - A light sandwich lunch in the Palace Café
  3. Fact Sheet - Including background information about your Guide Lecturer, historical context for the Day, detailed itinerary, a suggested reading list and directions to the venue

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Nov 1

Mosiacs at Fishbourne Palace Bignor Villa, artefact handling at Fishbourne.


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2017 Study Day Details

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£115

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Led By: Oliver Gilkes

Managed By: Debbie Paton

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Led By: Oliver Gilkes

Managed By: Debbie Paton

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