Cruise Ship Speakers

Classical History
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Peter Clayton
Classical & European Archaeology and Egyptology
FCILIP, Dip.Arch, FSA, FRNS
Coming from: Hemel Hempstead,  Hertfordshire  UK
Peter is an Egyptologist, archaeologist and numismatist who has excavated on sites in England and Egypt. A Fellow of the Society of Antiquities of London, he has lectured widely in England, in most of the major museums and universities, and in Europe and Australia. Peter is a best-selling author of "Chronicle of the Pharaohs" and expert Advisor for coins and antiquities to several museums.

Judith Cranswick
Crime Writer, Tutor & Destination Speaker
Coming from: Swindon,  -  UK
Judith has two great passions – writing and travel. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, China, Indochina and Japan, Asia, India, Africa and Central and South America. Judith is an award-winning novelist and author of the Fiona Mason Mysteries and several stand-alone psychological thrillers. Travel has always been the inspiration for Judith’s novels. Judith is an experienced speaker and in addition to writing her novels, she now works part time teaching Tai Chi and cruise ship lecturing.

Ken Dark
Archaeologist and Historian PhD FSA FRHist Soc
Classical and Medieval, Archaeology of Religion, World Archaeology
Coming from: Reading,  Berkshire  UK
Ken Dark is a professional archaeologist and historian specialising in the Classical and medieval worlds and in early Christianity. Ken lectured for three years at the University of Oxford even before gaining his Cambridge PhD in archaeology and history, and then at the University of Cambridge for seven years. Moving to the University of Reading, he was Director of the Research Centre for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies for 15 years. Ken has over 30 years of experience of continuing education lecturing and guiding archaeological tours and has over 100 academic publications, including 11 books.

Hugh Ellwood
Architectural Historian & Artist
Coming from: Lytham St. Annes,  Lancashire  UK
Hugh has devoted his life to architecture and the arts. He studied philosophy in Rome, followed by a degree in architecture at the university of Manchester. After graduation, he became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. For 31 years he pursued a career as an architect with Building Design Partnership, the largest multi-discipline design organisation in the UK, and then 21 years as a partner in a practice. An accomplished architectural artist, his subjects are mainly buildings, the landscape and the relationship between the two.

Diane Fortenberry
Archaeologist & Ancient Art Historian
PhD, MCIfA
Coming from: London,    UK
Diane studied Classics at the University of Mississippi, and earned her PhD in Mediterranean archaeology from the University of Cincinnati before moving to London in 1990. She has excavated and surveyed in Greece and Italy at sites that include Pompeii, Corinth, Nemea and Pylos. Diane has lectured to diverse groups of non-specialists while living and working in Greece in the 1980s, speaking on Greek, Roman and Egyptian art, architecture and archaeology there and in Egypt, including both classroom-based lectures and escorted tours.

Patrick Goodness
Cultural Anthropology-Global Religion & Mythology
Coming from: Escazu,  San Jose  Costa Rica
Patrick Goodness is a globally recognized thought leader in the study of ancient cultural mythologies, and brings a profound knowledge of global cultures with an engaging approach to storytelling. Patrick has traveled and lectured in more than 110 countries around the world, studying and teaching global culture. Patrick lectures frequently at universities and global conferences and is a popular enrichment speaker among discerning cruise lines. His lectures are peppered with valuable research, thoughtful observations, powerful analogies and dry comedic wit that always bring smiles.

Dr Dan Jones
Historian & Archaeologist
Dip Arch, MA, PhD
Coming from: Suffolk,    UK
Dan holds a PhD from University of East Anglia and is currently working on post-doctoral mediaeval material from Norwich. He has been a Member of Kent Archaeological Society since 1965 and has assisted in excavations, mainly on Roman and Mediaeval sites in UK and France since 1965. Dan is particularly interested in practical archaeology, ecclesiastical architecture and near-eastern ancient and classical history and talks on specific sites, or the general history of an area.

Ronnie Landau
Classical and Modern European History
BA (Hons) Classics, PGCE Classics, M.Phil (History & Education)
Coming from: London,    UK
Ronnie Landau is both a Classicist and modern European historian. A widely published author, his books are used extensively throughout the British and American university systems. His illuminating lectures on Graeco-Roman civilisation and the History of Israel are authoritative and thought-provoking, yet his style is relaxed, accessible and full of humour. He can also offer ‘enrichment’ sessions on a variety of topics, including The Seven Deadly Sins, on which he has written an amusing book.

Alan Lloyd
Egyptologist and Classicist
MA, DPhil, FSA
Coming from: Swansea,  Wales  UK
Born in Wolverhampton, Alan was a pupil at Tredegar Grammar until 1960 and then went on to graduate from The Queen's College Oxford in 1965 (Ancient Egyptian and Coptic). Currently he is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Classics at Swansea University. Apart from participating in many tv and radio programmes, Alan has lectured on many tours to Egypt and also to many Egyptology societies in the UK.

Dr Caroline Malloy
Historian
PhD
Coming from: Chicago,  IL  USA
Dr. Caroline Malloy is a freelance educator and scholar based in Chicago, IL. She earned her Ph.D. in Art History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has taught Humanities and History at both Villanova University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Other academic ventures have included working on an archaeological dig in Italy and reviving the Latin language at an independent Academy in Philadelphia. Dr. Malloy has been invited to deliver lectures on Empires, Nationalisms, and Heritage Projects throughout the US and Europe to both professional and public audiences. She is a specialist in both the British Empire and Ancient Rome.

Chris Newlands
Classical History & Religion
Coming from: Lancaster,  Lancashire  UK
Chris was born in West Yorkshire and his love of drama and the stage led to him going to Bristol University to study Drama and French, before his love for travel took him to Algeria, where he remained for two years, teaching English and encouraging an interest in theatre, music and the arts on behalf of the British Council. He returned to England to study Theology at Cambridge, before being ordained as an Anglican priest. In 2010 he became Vicar of Lancaster, working in the historic setting of Lancaster Priory Church. Chris presents a series of talks on classical history subjects.

Helen Poole
Archaeology & History
BA, Dip Arch, AMA, PGCE
Coming from: Haywards Heath,  West Sussex  UK
Helen studied English, History and Archaeology at Bristol University before going on to postgraduate studies in archaeology at Durham and museum studies at Leicester. Teaching qualifications at Brighton followed later. A vacation studentship at the British Museum led to a lifelong enthusiasm for a museum career. Helen is an enthusiastic sharer of information and she has been lecturing on cruises in and around the Mediterranean and the Red Sea from 2005.

Nicholas Reed
Classical & Art History
BA (Oxon), MA (Manc) MPhil (St.A.)
Coming from: Folkestone,  Kent  UK
Nicholas took his first degree at Oxford in Greats (Latin, Greek, Ancient History and Philosophy). He was President of Oxford University Archaeological Society in 1969. From 1970 to 1986 he had 15 articles published in learned journals on subjects in Roman History and Archaeology, including articles on the Romans in Germany and on the Greek Islands. In the 1980s he moved into the field of art history, on which he is the author of some six books, mainly on the French Impressionists. He has been a lecturer for NADFAS, the fine arts organisation, since 1991.

David Rohl
Ancient World History & Archaeology
Ancient Egypt, Biblical History, Aegean Bronze Age, Anatolian History
Coming from: La Vall de Laguar,  Alicante  Spain
David Rohl is recognised as the UK's highest profile Egyptologist and one of the world's best-known historians. Always controversial, he is not only a best-selling writer but also an explorer, TV Presenter and internationally renowned public lecturer. With degrees in Egyptology & Archaeology, David is a genuine scholar with a full list of academic credentials but, at the same time, is seen as a highly original thinker. His cruise talks are not only interesting but thought provoking.

Marcus Sherwood
Classical History & Destinations
Coming from: Chichester,  West Sussex  UK
Marcus is a Classics graduate who has travelled widely in Europe as a teacher and lecturer in Classical History. He now enjoys lecturing on cruise ships both as a Classical Historian and as a Destination Lecturer. His expertise is in tracing the influences of ancient civilizations on modern culture. Marcus draws on his years of foreign travel and knowledge of popular destinations to help passengers get the very best out of ports of call, covering history, geography and culture. He is a popular, experienced and enthusiastic speaker who engages his audiences with pace, passion and humour.

Dr James and Cynthia Daddona- Stathis
Modern & Ancient Greece
Coming from: Prescott,  Arizona  USA
James is founder of CelebrateGreece.com, which produces, archives and offers documentary TV journeys exploring modern and ancient Greece and whose mission is providing original Greek-themed TV documentaries produced by CelebrateGreece.com while representing aligned filmmakers. James speaks on Ancient Greece: history, art, culture, archaeology and architecture. Cynthia is an author, Actress, Lifestyle Journalist, Life Coach, TV Host and Celebrity TV-interviewer and presents mainly on Greek/Italian food & Culture; Well Being, health, and, Spirituality.

William Sterling
Cultural History
MA, PhD, Cert Ed
Coming from: Eltham,  London  UK
William took early retirement from the Civil Service in 2008 with a generous redundancy package. He was educated at Colfe’s Grammar School, Lee and Keele University. His BA in 1980 was in History and Geography. He specialised in Mediaeval History (Anglo-Saxons and Hundred Years War) winning the Wedgwood Prize for an essay on King Athelstan. He has a wide range of talks on Composers, Music of the Sea, Vikings & Anglo Saxons and Classical History.

Michael Taylor
Stock Trader, Investor & Historian
BA, MA, MSc
Coming from: Hartlepool,  Durham  UK
Michael Taylor is a successful full time private investor, having achieved triple digit compounded portfolio returns for each of the last three years. Currently he is seeking to analyse previously unseen primary material on the life of Vice-Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood. He has been invited to speak in front of investment clubs, and delivered the results of a commissioned research paper on populism and the socio-economic effects on the European Union to leading academics and industry experts. Michael expects to publish his book on investing with Harriman-House in Q4 2018.