What is the course about?
Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items by examining some of the British Museum and other collections of 19th-century objects.
What will we cover?
Following on from the previous course we shall look at what Classical artworks were available to artists in the C19th and what literary works were studied in schools and were known to the general population. We shall identify some of the Classical gods, heroes, figures from myth and historical characters used as figureheads and ship badges such as Achilles, Ajax, Atalanta, Caesar, Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Dido, Hercules, Leda, Minerva, Neptune, Orpheus and Penelope. I shall outline the basic myths surrounding them and examine why they might have been chosen.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise figures from Greek and Roman myths
- Understand why these were used by the navy
- Appreciate the lasting appeal of Classical Mythology.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory, no prior knowledge necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures, discussions, questions, reading of original texts (in translation), visit to the British Museum.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring pen and paper to make notes. A good pair of shoes is recommended for the museum visit.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Classics history or art history classes. See prospectus or online for details.