FORT MYERS, Fla. (May 20, 2010) — The public is invited to attend a seminar series titled “Ancient Rome – The History of its Rise and Fall” presented by Professor Adrian Kerr, and sponsored by The Academy at Shell Point. The event will take place on Thursday’s, June 3, 10, 17 and 24, with each session being 10:15am to 11:45am in the Social Center located on the Island at Shell Point Retirement Community.

The Roman Empire represents an unmatched period in scale and stability during the turbulent times in Europe and the Middle East. Its art, architecture, law, philosophy, writing, engineering, language, and religion are all very relevant to today’s world.  Tickets for each seminar are $10, for a total cost of $40 for the entire series.  If you would like to sign up for the seminars, or for more information, please call (239) 454-2054 as seating is limited.

“The influence that Rome has had on the world is immense,” said Teri Kollath, Manager of Academy and Volunteer Services. “We are very excited to have Adrian Kerr back at Shell Point again discussing this very exciting and interesting topic.”

Professor Adrian Kerr is regularly invited to give talks on the Ancient Middle East internationally, and has participated in TV and Radio programs relating to various topics in which he is considered an expert.  The purpose of this seminar series is to investigate the familiar highs and lows of the Roman time period.  He will discuss the fall of the city in 455AD, and how their influences are carried well into our recent times and traditions.  The series will consist of four seminars, with each one focusing on a different stage in the Rise and Fall of Ancient Rome.

The Academy at Shell Point is a lifelong learning educational initiative for the residents of the retirement community. The Academy provides anywhere from 70 to 90 classes each trimester, that encompasses a well-rounded curriculum of educational opportunities for senior adults. The Academy at Shell Point was named as one of 2008’s most innovative active aging programs by the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), an association that supports professionals who develop wellness/fitness facilities and services for age 50-plus adults.

Shell Point Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community located in Fort Myers just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel causeway. Shell Point has received national accreditation from CARF-CCAC, and is a nationally recognized leader in the retirement industry.  The community offers retirement living in a resort-style environment with an 18-hole championship golf course, deep water boating access, and recreational and fitness facilities.  To learn more about Shell Point, visit us at or call 1-800-780-1131.

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