A potted history of Ancient Greece
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RC601
Duration: 5 sessions (over 5 weeks)
What is the course about?
Images and scenes on ancient Greek pottery have captivated, inspired, shocked and been talking points across the centuries. Enjoy exploring their role in wider culture, ancient and modern, in an informal group discussion.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
Each week we will use a different image from ancient Greek pottery, and some short, loosely related text (in English), as the starting point for a wide-ranging, multi-disciplinary discussion about the ancient world — its history, culture, creative output, reception and beyond. Images chosen may range from the Mycenaean to early Christian era.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- contribute to a discussion about multi-disciplinary approaches to the meaning and purpose of imagery from ancient Greek pottery in wider ancient culture and society.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is aimed at students with a previous track record of studying the ancient world or its reception, or art history including classical imagery.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
We will shape ideas in class through group discussion, with the tutor acting as facilitator. Each week, some short ‘homework’ between classes will be recommended, looking at the image chosen for discussion the following week, and reading the related text. You may also wish to undertake some further study and reading – suggestions will be available upon request from the tutor.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
A potted history of ancient Greece: follow-on course.
Deborah Hyde has loved history since her earliest schooldays. She now holds an MA in Classical Civilisation from Birkbeck, University of London and was joint winner of the 2011 Catherine Jane Booth prize for the study of Classics. Having first discovered the ancient world as a mature student, widening participation in its study is her passion -- she creates and teaches courses for which are designed to be accessible and enjoyable for people of all levels of knowledge. Deborah also leads reading groups exploring classical texts in translation, and is a WEA approved tutor. Her interests range from the origins of archaic Greek poetry to early Christian saints. “The ancient world is really good to think with. In Greek, Roman and other ancient societies, we can find roots, contrasts, parallels and thus understandings of our own identities and the ways our communities are organised. As Bob Marley so rightly said: ‘If you know your history, then you will know where you’re coming from’.”
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.