This course centres on The Society of Dilettanti – an eighteenth-century gentleman’s club – and their famous publication of The Antiquities of Athens in 1762. Whilst this laid the groundwork for the development of archaeology as a serious scholarly discipline, it also exerted a profound influence on the garden temples of the Georgian landscape garden. The Grand Tour with its ancient ruins, sun-drenched landscapes and must-see works of art became an educational rite of passage for the classically trained. This lecture considers how the Dilettanti embodied their motto of ‘Grecian taste and Roman Spirit’ in both the literal sense of worshiping Dionysus and Bacchus through heavy drinking, as well as by continental travel and the scholarly promotion of antiquity. Glass of punch optional.