Classics day

City Lit, the British Museum and UCL bring you another exciting day of talks, discussions and gallery visits on themes relating to ancient Greece and Rome. Anyone with a love of the classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required.

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1 week

10:30 - 17:30

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Full fee: £66
Senior fee: £51
Concession: £32

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Course outline

What is the course about?

City Lit presents Classics Day in partnership with The British Museum and University College London.
The event will be held at the BP Lecture Theatre at the British Museum. Registration will start at 10.00 am and the first talk will begin at 10.30.

Classics Day 2014 will mark the 2,000th anniversary of the death of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

Augustus (63 BC –14 AD) is one of those rare historical figures who changed the world around him. He ended the Roman Republic, initiated an era of relative peace, the Pax Romana, consolidated Roman control over its empire spanning three continents and put military and administrative structures in place to ensure three centuries of prosperity for its inhabitants. Over the centuries he has been seen in many different ways, ranging from exemplary ruler to tyrant.

What topics will we cover?

Classics Day will focus on various aspects of the Augustan age, examining the daily life of the Roman people during Augustus' lifetime, the imagery and portraiture of Augustus and the way he was received in the following centuries and millennia.

For a detailed programme of the day and the list of speakers, please email or telephone the Classical Languages and Civilisations Department on 020 7492 2652.

By the end of this course you should be able to:

Provide some details about Augustus' life and the Augustan Age.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Anyone with a love of the Classics is welcome to join this day. No knowledge of Greek or Latin is required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Talks and discussions, with handouts provided.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Materials will be supplied by the speakers. Coffee and tea provided during the breaks.

Do I need to have an interview before I can enrol?


What feedback will I get?

You will receive regular feedback from your tutor throughout the course, as and when appropriate. At the end of the course you and your tutor are asked to assess the progress you have made.

How will I be able to give my views on the course?

Please complete the evaluation form at the end of your course. These are monitored and help us to continually improve our courses.

How do I find out if I can get some support for my learning?

You may be interested in: education and careers advice; financial and childcare support; disability support; support for Deaf and hearing-impaired students; dyslexia support; English and maths support; counselling, and library services (supported learning centre). To find out what may be available to you, and how to apply, see page 340 of the 14/15 course guide, or visit

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Advice on further reading will be given on the day.You will find a full list of Latin and Classical Greek courses in our programme guide and on line at

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Who can I contact for further information?

Tel: 020 7492 2652

Advice times:

During term-time Monday 17.30–18.30 and Thursday 12.30–13.30

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.

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Classical languages and civilisations

Tel: 020 7492 2652

Advice times:

During term-time Monday 17.30–18.30 and Thursday 12.30–13.30

To enrol on a course, call 020 7831 7831.


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