Aesop's fables: an introduction
Time: 14:00 - 16:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RC658
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Aesop’s fables have been used since ancient times to discuss politics, values, ethos and relationships with in society. This course introduces Aesop’s fables, investigates their relevance, and perseverance through history. Asking why they are still used throughout the world to make us aware of dynamics amongst nations and within communities. How do they give us direction for the formation of a fairer world.
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?
We will discuss what constitutes fables and what function/s they serve in society? We will read (in translation) certain fables discussing their content, meaning, and reappearance. Why we refer to them in times of social unrest.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- identify prominent Aesop’s fables
- discuss their background
- relate them to contemporary times and world history
- evaluate the debates around them.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is a course for anyone curious about the subject – no previous knowledge needed.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Tutor presentations and discussions of text and images in class. There will be no work outside class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring writing material. Further reading will be recommended.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any Classical civilisations class from September.
Maria Contos has published many stories with mythical themes. She has also written and performed puppet shows and plays based on myths. She has adopted myths for television and theatre, teaches mythology and runs creative writing workshops. She also teaches languages.
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.