Classics Week

Classics Week

A celebration of the classics and ancient civilisations!

Classics Week runs from 21-25 June 2021 and takes inspiration from the British Museum’s current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (27 May- 24 Oct).  Join us for a programme of online talks, discussions, and taster courses exploring the subject of power in ancient Rome.

Main event: Power - lessons from ancient Rome- Each night from 21 - 25 June, we'll bring you expert talks with our special guest speakers including Mary Beard, Olivette Otele, Tom Holland, and Ian Morris to discuss the subject of Roman power, race, identity and more.

Read more: About the guest speakers.

Daytime talks & tasters (below) - The evening speaker series is accompanied by 25 online taster courses hosted by City Lit focusing on various topics of the ancient world, which will be available to pre-book and attend during the week, (additional fees apply to each taster course) as well as a selection of digital resources and video tours of the Nero exhibition at the British Museum.

We hope you’ll join us as we explore Nero, political power, and the ancient world.

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  1. Should we be stoic? How ancient wisdom can help us in the modern world
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In our age of tumult, the Stoic mantra ‘No person can be harmed’ brings reassurance. But what did the stoics mean by this and were they right?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  2. Science in the time of Nero
    Last Few Places Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    We examine the science of the Roman empire through the work of Seneca (c. 4 BCE – 65 CE) and Pliny

    (23/24 CE – 79 CE) who between them describe the Roman understanding of biology, chemistry and

    physics, touching upon subjects such as botany, meteors, mining, rainbows, the nature of air, forms of

    water, and “mock suns”.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £15.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £7.00
  3. An introduction to Homer in art
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Stories from Homer have inspired many works of art from the renaissance to the present day. Focussing on European paintings we explore how and why these works reflect the preoccupations of their time.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £15.00 Concession £12.00
  4. The reception of Nero in opera
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Roman emperor Nero has captured the imagination of artists, writers and musicians throughout the centuries. A genre in which portrayals of Nero appear frequently is opera. The first and most famous opera in which Nero features is Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; it was followed by numerous, nowadays often almost forgotten operas that also present the Nero story, sometimes with interesting twists.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  5. Discovering Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Roman and Byzantine Empires
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the fascinating history and artistic production in ancient Constantinople.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  6. Dido and Aeneas: from Virgil to Purcell
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Purcell’s ever-popular opera from Virgil’s original tale to Nahum Tate’s English libretto, and discover key features of Purcell’s musical language.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  7. Modern and Classical Arabic
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taster of the history of Classical Arabic, the language of the Quran and of classical Arabic literature.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  8. Discover Classical Greek
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of one of the most important languages of the ancient world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  9. Discover Sanskrit
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Get a taste of one of the most ancient Indo-European languages in the world.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  10. Unravelling Russian and its links with Old Slavonic
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Old Slavonic was the first Slavic literary language. Old Slavonic played a pivotal role in the formation of the Russian literary language. Historians credit the 9th-century Byzantine missionaries Saints Cyril and Methodius with standardising the language and using it in translating the Bible and other Ancient Greek ecclesiastical texts as part of the Christianization of the Slavs. In this lecture you will discover how Old Slavonic influenced modern Russian.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  11. From Sanskrit to Modern Hindi
    Course Date:  Wed 23 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This workshop explores the origin and development of Hindi, a language spoken by 600 million people worldwide. We will examine its development from its bedrock - Sanskrit one of the most ancient Indo-European languages; and also touch upon the role of language tributaries like Arabic, Persian and Portugese.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  12. Agrippina: from Roman history to Handel opera
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore Handel’s first major operatic success Agrippina and the historical background to this legendary operatic figure.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £18.00
  13. Slavery in the ancient world
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An overview of slavery as it existed in the late Roman Republic and early Empire.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  14. Gli ultimi giorni di Pompei
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Viaggio attraverso gli usi, i costumi e le abitudini dei pompeiani a pochi giorni dalla terribile eruzione del Vesuvio (79 d.c.) che ha provocato la distruzione delle citta' di Pompeii, Ercolano, Stabia e Oplonti, ed ha cambiato per sempre il corso della storia.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  15. Finding the mind's construction in the face: portraits of Nero
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Reading the character of a man from his facial appearance has long been discredited. Drawing conclusions from constructed images representing that face, however, is quite a different matter. This is especially true when the subject is also the patron who controls the making of that image. Portraits do reflect the ‘real’ Nero.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00

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