Ancient civilisations

Delve into stories of classics and the ancient world, learn the languages and explore their cultures. Courses are available on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

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Ancient civilisations

Ancient civilisations

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  1. Ancient Egyptian fashion

    Course Date: Tue 8 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    What can surviving textiles tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? We will consider how the Egyptians wove such fine linen, what other fabrics were available, how they pleated their party dresses, and how often and they washed their underwear. A local museum visit brings all to life.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  2. Ancient Greek poetry reading group (in translation)

    Course Date: Tue 18 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey are still well-loved, but other archaic Greek poets’ surviving works are equally fascinating. Explore the world and works of Hesiod, Archilochus, Sappho, Pindar and others.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £40.00

  3. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 8 Jun 2017 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Join us for our new series of talks by leading classicists on a wide variety of topics. You need no prior knowledge of classical languages or history - just bring your curiosity. Visit www.citylit.ac.uk/discovertheclassics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  4. Deciphering ancient writings

    Course Date: Sat 15 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Look at how archaeologists have been able to decipher certain ancient scripts and why others still remain a mystery. You will also have the opportunity to decipher texts yourselves.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  5. Frauds, myths and mysteries of archaeology

    Course Date: Sat 5 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Did aliens build the Great Pyramid of Egypt? Are there archaeological traces of the lost civilization of Atlantis? What is the truth behind the legend of the crystal skulls? Learn about why these ideas remain so popular despite the accumulation of archaeological evidence.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  6. From Athens to Sparta: Unwind with Wonders – travelling with Pausanias in the Peloponnese

    Course Date: Sat 3 Jun 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Pausanias was a Greek traveller of the 2nd century AD who wrote a fascinating account of his tour of Greece. Using Pausanias as a guide, this new course takes in the shrines and rituals, towns and temples, with their deities, myths and other tall tales, and more.
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  7. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £30.00

  8. Hellenistic philosophy: an introduction

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Learn about Western philosophy through its beginnings in ancient Greece.
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  9. Introduction to classical studies

    Course Date: Sat 29 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Do you want to find out what it means to study the classical world? This one-day course introduces the study of antiquity to the non-specialist. Discover the first histories, the heroic epics, and philosophical thought from Greece and Rome.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  10. Jason and the Argonauts: reading group of Argonautica (in English)

    Course Date: Wed 2 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Marvel has its Avengers, Ancient Greece had its Argonauts! Led by Jason, this band of heroes set off in search of the Golden Fleece. It was a voyage full of myth and a little Medea!
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £30.00

  11. Letters to the dead from Ancient Egypt

    Course Date: Thu 10 Aug 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Why did the Ancient Egyptians write letters to their dead relatives? We explore the contents of the fifteen or so surviving ‘Letters to the Dead’, and what they tell us about daily life concerns and religious beliefs. View two of these rare letters at close quarters in the Petrie Museum.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £30.00

  12. Migrations: the Roman period and the barbarian invasions

    Course Date: Tue 25 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    With migration into Europe dominating headlines, come and see how migration during the Roman period affected one of the greatest empires in history. From the slave wars to the barbarian invasions, Rome moved with its peoples.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £40.00

  13. Plato in question

    Course Date: Mon 24 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Plato’s thought is key to understanding western culture. In confronting us with a choice between remaining ignorant or seeking true understanding of reality, Plato proposed an ideal human society. Is Plato still relevant?
    Full fee: £89.00
    Senior fee: £71.00
    Concession: £45.00

  14. Rome at war with mighty Carthage

    Course Date: Thu 20 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    During the late Republic, imperious Rome went to war with mighty Carthage for dominion over the western Mediterranean. The Punic Wars took Rome to the brink and delivered it an empire! Carthage must be destroyed!
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £40.00

  15. The Histories of Herodotus Book 1: reading group in translation

    Course Date: Thu 27 Jul 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Share your enthusiasm for classic texts with other students. We will read a selection from Book 1 of Herodotus in translation and discuss the key themes with input from the tutor. No knowledge of Greek required, however, if you have studied Greek you will also benefit because we will be using bilingual texts.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £30.00

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