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. Alexander, the great man of history

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    The great man of history! The great conqueror! The great king! It is true to say that the world turned with Alexander. Come find out just how far and wide his influence was felt.
    Full fee: £169.00
    Senior fee: £169.00
    Concession: £85.00

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. Art and society in the Great Age of Athens (478-403 BCE)

    Course Date: Thu 5 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Come and explore life and art in 5th century Athens, the time of Pericles, Alcibiades and Socrates. Includes a visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £95.00
    Concession: £60.00

  5. Art, sculpture and architecture of the classical world: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 28 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Discover what messages the ancient Greeks and Romans were trying to convey about themselves through their art, sculpture and architecture. No prior knowledge of their world is necessary – just an enquiring mind.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £95.00

  6. Civilisations of the El Dorado: buildings and arts from tropical South America

    Course Date: Tue 31 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Shrouded in mystery and legend, Amazonian and Central American cultures reveal surprising links to societies of the Andes that defy and challenge common perceptions about the rise of civilisation in the Americas.
    Full fee: £109.00
    Senior fee: £109.00
    Concession: £55.00

  7. Classics day

    Course Date: Sat 17 Feb 2018
    Location on this date: OS - Off Site
    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. This year's topic will be "Faith, Belief and Religion in the Classical World". Anyone with a love of the classics is welcome. No knowledge of Greek or Latin required!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £30.00
    Concession: £15.00

  8. Classics evening lecture

    Course Date: Wed 6 Dec 2017
    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/classics for details.
    Full fee: £9.00
    Senior fee: £7.00
    Concession: £5.00

  9. Classics lunchtime talk

    Course Date: Thu 6 Jul 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

  10. 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

  11. Egyptology day

    Course Date: Sat 28 Oct 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    After thousands of years, the legacy of the Ancient Egyptians continues to captivate. This October, leading experts shed new light on this mysterious civilisation at City Lit's annual Egyptology day. No prior knowledge is required - just bring your curiosity!
    Full fee: £49.00
    Senior fee: £39.00
    Concession: £25.00

  12. 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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. Introduction to classical civilisation: Ancient Greece

    Course Date: Mon 18 Sep 2017
    Location on this date: KS - Keeley Street
    Trace the civilisation of classical Greece, from its origins to the 5th century BC. Explore epic wars, political intrigue, philosophical speculation, poetry and art. A visit to the British Museum is included.
    Full fee: £209.00
    Senior fee: £167.00
    Concession: £105.00

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