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.