I lecture frequently in Britain, Europe and elsewhere. Here are some of my lectures which have proved popular with audiences of all types. E-mail me if you have a function or group at which you would like me to speak.
|Tons of Gold
and Healing Snakes
|The romantic story of Pergamon in Asia Minor and its short-lived dynasty of eccentric kings.
|The Valley of
|Egypt's Valley of the Kings holds many secrets and Tutankhamun's tomb is only one of them.
|The Early Pyramids
|The first of the Pyramids Trilogy, the lecture tells the story of the first pyramid.
|The Great Pyramids
|The second of the Pyramids Triology, the lecture explores the three pyramids of Gizeh.
Builders of Kahun
|The final lecture of the Pyramids Trilogy, which examines the mystery of the last pyramids built in Egypt.
|Petra, the Rose-red
|The city carved out of beautifully coloured sandstone, where new discoveries are being made daily.
City of Gold
|A tour around the archaeological and historical treasures of my favourite city.
|The Treasures of
|In this lecture I tell of the tragic background to Egypt's boy king, before showing the treasures of his tomb.
|The foremost oracle of the ancient world counselled kings with cryptic messages - but why did they stop?
|The amazing and grisly story of the Albigensian Crusade, which succeeded, and the Hussite Crusade, which failed.
|The Greek settlements of Sicily and southern Italy were the richest and most luxurious cities in the world - Sybaris became a catchphrase for wanton luxury.
|A day by day diary of the events that led up to the most important battle ever fought - a fascinating insight into the world of ancient Greece.
|Ten Years to Thermopylae
Recommended to follow the Marathon lecture, this lecture traces the people and places involved in the epochal battle of Thermopylae. Using original sources and detailed geographical knowledge, many myths about the battle are debunked, leaving increased respect for Greek courage and ingenuity.
Recommended to follow the Thermopylae lecture, this lecture examines the background to the Athenian fleet which won the stunning victory at Salamis. It takes up the story of what happened as the Greeks retreated from Artemisium and Thermopylae and traces events to the victorious conclusion in the narrow straits at Salamis.
|A thousand sacred prostitutes made "Corinthian girl" a synonym for free and easy sex - but St Paul had immortality in mind when he wrote his famous letter.
|The Cloud of
|The story of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation.
|Dead Men Do
|The science of archaeology provides support for the history and prophecy of the Bible.
|The amazing story of the mysterious footprints that have marked the grass of a Scottish glen for 180 years.
|Aswan and the
|An American grave robber's unconscious bequest gives the date for a remarkable prophecy about the Messiah.
|Two men who, between them, set up and destroyed the political power of a venerable institution.
|Beth Shearim and
the Gates of Death
|Jewish rabbis fitted their tombs with doors in preparation for the resurrection - but what does the Bible say about death?
|Hierapolis and Hell
|Pluto, the god of Hades, reigned in Hierapolis, for anyone who entered his temple courtyard dropped dead - so what is Hades?
|Kom Ombo and the
|What is the link between the crocodile temple of southern Egypt and the cornflakes on your breakfast table?
|The ancient Romans were not noted for their sexual morality and the erotic carvings and paintings from Pompeii shocked their discoverers.
This lecture contains explicit material which some audiences may find offensive.
To enquire about booking Mr Down for one of these lectures, contact him directly.