Bryan Short

Location: Plymouth, Devon
About me...

I am a retired (early) Systems Analyst and have embarked on an interest in Ancient History. I have acquired a Dip CS (Diploma in Classical Studies) from the Open University, followed by a PG Cert (Postgraduate Certificate in Ancient History) from Trinity St David University. I read Ancient Greek to an intermediate level and am a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society (FRNS). I have had some articles published and brief spots on TV and radio.

About my talks...

My talks will be of interest to a broad audience. They are all lavishly illustrated and I display images using a projector and laptop computer. I would simply need provision of a blank wall space or screen.


Starting at £45 depending on size of audience, plus 15p per mile travel if over 10 miles from Plymouth . Will travel anywhere but accommodation may also be required.

My Contact Details:

01752 480394

1. Last Man Standing: the Fate of Alexander’s Generals

A great deal is known about Alexander the Great and his conquests but not much about the great men who accompanied him and made it all possible, his generals. Theirs is an intriguing and action-packed story that traces their interactions and achievements as one by one they are killed off to the last, along with the family of Alexander. Just like Alexander, these men had a great impact on the world and their story is an important one.

2. Rome: Foundation to Empire

This talk gives some insight into the way Rome evolved from an insignificant agricultural community, to the greatest power on earth. It illuminates the social and moral imperatives and catalytic events that stimulated this transition, leading to the dominance of a single person over the ‘civilised’ world, the brilliant Octavian or Augustus Caesar.

(NB: two versions of this talk, one for school children.)

3. The History of Coinage

One of the great inventions of the Ancient Greeks, coins have been in use for over 2,500 years and adopted in every part of the world. This talk spans that entire history, highlighting important events and changes that had major effects on society. Warning: this includes some gory accounts of crime and punishment.

What people say about my talks....

“Your talk was certainly much appreciated, so much so that will you come with another topic for a full talk on one of these dates . . . “

“The talk was very engaging and the children learnt an incredible amount in one afternoon. Bryan has a lovely manner and talked to the children at the right level. He delivered a huge amount of information at a good pace which the children remembered. A super talk enjoyed by all.”

“What a fantastic evening, Chairman wasn’t exaggerating when he said how fascinating the evening had been and how the time flashed past. You certainly knew your subject and didn’t read from notes. thank you very much.”

Bryan Short Contact Details:

01752 480394

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