Classics Week: Power - lessons from ancient Rome
Time: 18:00 - 19:00
Join us for a series of talks exploring the subject of power in ancient Rome. This series takes inspiration from the British Museum’s current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (27 May- 24 Oct).
Our esteemed guest speakers including Mary Beard, Olivette Otele, Tom Holland and Ian Morris will explore Roman soft-power, dynasties, race, identity and more. Presented by the City Lit and British Museum in partnership with UCL..
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: RC061
Duration: 5 sessions
What is the course about?
Monday 21 June (18.00-19.00): Nero: the man behind the myth
Principal & CEO of the City Lit Mark Malcomson joins British Museum Curator Francesca Bologna for an exploration into the real life of Emperor Nero and the question - how much power did this infamous Roman Emperor really wield?
Tuesday 22 June (18.00-19.00): Power, race & identity in ancient Rome
Acclaimed historian Olivette Otele of the University of Bristol joins writer and broadcaster and former Deputy Chair of the British Museum’s Board of Trustees, Bonnie Greer, to explore the connections between power, race and identity in ancient Rome. They’ll also discuss the story of Septimius Severus – Rome’s first African Emperor.
Wednesday 23 June (18.00-19.00): Roman soft power
From the popularity of togas on the fringes of the Roman Empire to the importance of theatre, wine and chariot-racing at its heart, Professor Ian Morris of Stanford University explores the subject of Roman ‘soft power’ and its role in unifying this vast and disparate Empire.
Thursday 24 June (18.00-19.00): Ancient Rome and modern America
What can we learn from ancient Rome about the power that resides with families and dynasties? We bring together two of the world’s leading historians, Tom Holland and Nigel Hamilton, to discuss Rome and compare it to the modern-day United States to see what history can teach us.
Friday 25 June (18.00-19.00): Women & power in ancient Rome
Taking inspiration from her acclaimed book Women & Power: A Manifesto Dame Professor Mary Beard concludes the week with a special talk exploring women in power in Ancient Rome. The talk will be followed with an interview with City Lit CEO & Principal Mark Malcomson.
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?
Nero: the man behind the myth
Date: Monday 21 June
Speakers: Francesca Bologna (British Museum) and Mark Malcomson (City Lit)
Power, race & identity in ancient Rome
Date: Tuesday 22 June
Speakers: Olivette Otele (University of Bristol) and Bonnie Greer
Date: Wednesday 23 June
Speakers: Ian Morris (Stanford University)
Ancient Rome and modern America
Date: Thursday 24 June
Speakers: Tom Holland and Nigel Hamilton
Women & power in ancient Rome
Date: Friday 25 June
Speakers: Mary Beard.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
This event ticket gives you access to all five talks.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Classics Week; Daytime Series
This keynote programme is also accompanied by 25 online taster courses hosted by the City Lit focusing on the ancient worlds. These are available to pre-book and attend during the Classics Week, as well as a selection of digital resources and video tours of the Nero exhibition at the British Museum.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
This is an online event presented via Zoom.
You will need:
- A good internet connection
- Zoom installed on a computer or mobile phone or tablet device
- Earphones, headphones, or speakers if you're using a desktop computer
We will contact you with joining instructions before each event starts. Simply click the provided link to join the Zoom session.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Full price tickets are priced at £59.
Members of The British Museum pay a discounted fee of £45.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
The programme is also accompanied by 25 online taster courses hosted by the City Lit focusing on the ancient worlds, which will be available to pre-book and attend during the week, (*additional fee applies) as well as a selection of digital resources and video tours of the Nero exhibition at the British Museum.
For more information and booking, visit www.citylit.ac.uk/classicsweek.