Great sea battles from the classical world - Salamis, Syracuse and Actium

Course Dates: 09/05/20
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street

Ships and sailing techniques and naval warfare in the Ancient World. Visit to the British Museum included.


What is the course about?

A general look at ships and sailing techniques in the Ancient World and how vessels were used in warfare.

What will we cover?

We shall look at the strategies used by navies in the ancient world and specifically the tactics at Salamis in 480 BC where the allied Greek forces defeated the Persian fleet of King Xerxes, the second battle of Syracuse in 414 BC when the mighty Athenians were defeated by the Syracusans and the battle of Actium in 31 BC when Augustus and Agrippa decisively defeated Antony and Cleopatra. We shall also look at some of the lesser known conflicts and the design of Ancient warships.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- How naval warfare was conducted in the Classical World
- When naval victories could be decisive conflicts
- The reasons for and consequences of naval warfare.

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.

Tutor Biographies
William Sterling Tutor Website

After a BA in History & Geography at Keele with Music, Education and Greek Studies as subsidiaries, William Sterling taught History full-time before becoming a Civil Servant working for the Departments of Transport and Education. This allowed him to study part-time for his MA from Birkbeck and PhD from King’s College, London. From 1992, he lectured in Adult Education at a number of colleges before joining the City Lit in 2008. Since 1994 he has been an official Gallery Guide at the British Museum, covering the whole museum but specialising in the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans, the Medieval & Modern European and Enlightenment Galleries. As a lecturer, he specialises in those same areas as well as Royal History (especially British Monarchs from 1603 to 1910), Composers’ Lives and other Cultural, especially interdisciplinary, topics. He also lectures on Cruise Ships on subjects ranging from Vikings to Shakespeare. He runs a website offering free resources on the subjects he teaches.

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.

Book your place

Course Code: RC032

Sat, day, 09 May - 09 May '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £36.00

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