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France - Provence - The Good Life in the Sun
Today’s beautiful landscapes with avenues of cypress, rolling fields, vineyards and olive groves were once the point of contact between the developing Classical civilisations and the barbarians of northern Europe, who adopted the trappings of Greek and then Roman life with alacrity. This is a glimpse of what everyday life was like for the urban elite of a wealthy Roman province – aided by some of the finest Roman sites and monuments in Europe, as well as excellent regional museums.
We stay in one stylish hotel throughout (a central feature of this holiday), ideally situated in the medieval centre of the very pretty town of St Rémy. St Rémy de Provence is not only the epitome of the relaxed Provençal way of life - tree-lined boulevards, filled with simple, good restaurants, a weekly market selling the produce of the surrounding countryside - but it also lies at the heart of the Roman Province from which its name derives. The monuments of the high Empire, built to impress, subdue and draw-in the Gallic warriors and farmers of the region, can still be seen in remarkably complete state in the modern towns.
Provence is, of course, famous for its fine cuisine and fine wines – which certainly helps make our visit a most pleasurable experience. Guests are limited to a maximum of 18 people – making this the perfect relaxed, intimate introduction to Provence’s splendid past and charming present.
This list is no more than a guide to some books that you may find useful to read in advance of the tour. Talks given on the tour will attempt to fill in the background to what we are seeing, so no prior knowledge or pre-tour cramming is expected or needed. In many cases, we expect that you will find some of these books even more interesting and useful to read once the tour is over. We will be providing you with a set of field notes to accompany your study holiday. These will be sent to you before departure with your air tickets and final travel details.
James Bromwich (1993) The Roman Remains of Southern France - a guideboook, Routledge. Extremely well written guide book to the sites, with excellent plans and explanations. (Guide Lecturers Choice)
Barry Cunliffe (1989) Greeks, Romans and Barbarians - spheres of interaction, BT Batsford Publishing, London. Gives a good background understanding of the interaction between the Iron Age tribes of western Europe and the civilisations of Greece and Rome.
J. Drinkwater (Croom Helm, 1983) Roman Gaul
A. Trevor Hodge (2002) Roman Aqueducts and Water Supply, Duckworth. Clear explanations of how water supplies worked, from source to use. Good descriptions of the Pont du Gard and Nimes aqueducts, and of the mills at Barbegal.
A. Trevor Hodge (1998) Ancient Greek France, Duckworth. An illustrated history of Provence and the French Riviera, which concentrates on the early settlement of the area by Greeks around 600 BC.
Anthony King (1990) Roman Gaul and Germany, British Museum Publications. General account of the Roman history of the region.
Jeremy Knight (Tempus 2001) Roman France, An Archaeological Field Guide
J. B. Ward Perkins (1992) Roman Imperial Architecture, Yale University Press, Pelican History of Art. Good general introduction to the monuments of the Empire.
M. Pobe and J. Roubier (1961) The Art of Roman Gaul. This is out of print at the moment but may be available through your local library.
A. L. F. Rivet (1988) Gallia Narbonensis, Batsford
T. Wiedemann (1995 Routledge) Emperors and Gladiators, comprehensive discussion of amphitheatres and games
Henry Cleere (2001 Oxford Archaeological Guides) Southern France this is out of print at the moment but worth tracking down.
Theodore Andre Cook (2001 Signal Books). Old Provence, first published in 1905 an evocative account of Provence at the start of the 20th century.
Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls (2004) Cadogan Guide to Provence
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