Linda Farrar

Linda for WLSI have always been deeply interested in history, and as a child wanted to be an explorer and an archaeologist; to be like Arthur Evans and find a new civilization. No-one took this seriously!  So on leaving school I started work as a bank clerk but I continued to harbour my inner love of history and devoured everything I came across associated with the ancient world. Then I spotted an advertisement in the then Coventry Evening Telegraph which was to change my world: “Do you want to be certified in archaeology, at the University of Warwick?” At last! This for me was a giant step in the right direction. In those days a certificate course involved two years of study in evening classes and an examination, but I loved every minute of it. Day trips and Study Tours followed, taking me to places I had dreamed of and read about but could now see for myself (in Primary School I was particularly fond of the legend of Theseus and the Minotaur, so a trip to Crete was just wonderful. I even met my husband in the Labyrinth there!) I continued to study at Warwick for a degree in Ancient History and Classical Archaeology and then a Master of Philosophy degree in Classics. My research combined my other great interest, ancient Roman gardens.

I have not found a new civilization (so far!) but when on Study Tours I can explore sites to my heart’s content, and by researching have come across new titbits of informations which is every bit as exciting.

My main interests concern the Roman world, their frescoes and mosaics, life and architecture in the Provinces of the Roman Empire, the Greeks and Romans in the East but also the Minoan culture of Crete and the pre-Roman culture of the enigmatic Etruscans who  once ruled central Italy.  I am also greatly interested in gardens of the ancient world and had a book published by Sutton on ‘Ancient Roman Gardens’ My most recent book ‘Gardens and Gardeners of the Ancient World’ was published in January 2016 by Windgather Press.

Latium Vetus: The land and peoples of central Italy & the Latin League

A five week course with Linda Farrar

This course will run 14 February – 14 March (10-12 noon)


 This course will look at the early cities that were alternatively the allies and enemies of early Rome. Names such as the Arunci, Hernici & Volsci are little known today but with the Latins were major tribes in this part of central Italy. There were around 30 cities of the Latin League, all of these cities were eventually either conquered or absorbed by Rome, but the cities have interesting surviving remains.


Outline of our weekly sessions:

Week 1:   Introduction. Background history of the peoples & cities of central Italy. The early founding of cities such as the mythical Alba Longa, and the formation of the Latin League. We will also hear of the influence of the Etruscans and the emerging settlement of Early Rome.
Week 2:    Art, architecture and religious centres of Latium. + a look at the important Latin cities of Gabii, Praeneste (Palestrina) & Tusculum.
Week 3:   We will examine the early cities of Fregellae & Norba, both later destroyed by Republican Rome.
Week 4:   The warlike Samnites and the Samnite Wars in central Italy, then the arrival of Hannibal; their effect on the peoples of Latium. + the city of Alba Fucens in the land of the Aequi tribe.
Week 5:  The coastal cities of Terracina & Minturnae, + inland Privernum, Also a study of the Villa of Tiberius at Sperlonga with its spectacular cave and sculptures.

This 10 week course is £63  (which will include tea/coffee)

The room capacity is limited, so course enrolments will have to be on a first come first served basis.

For further information please contact me  using the form below, typing your query into the ‘comment’ box.   (It won’t be published and you don’t need to complete the website box!) 


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