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.