What is the course about?
This course introduces the archaeology of ancient Greece and Rome. We will explore how archaeologists have uncovered and reconstructed sites including palaces, temples and peoples' homes. We will also take a look at some of the fascinating objects and artworks from these ancient civilisations.
What will we cover?
The course will explore a range of sites and buildings, covering different time periods and areas of the ancient world. The four sessions will focus on:
• Bronze Age Greece: Minoan and Mycenaean Palaces.
• Greek temples and sanctuaries: the Acropolis of Athens and the sanctuary of Olympia, home of the ancient Olympic Games.
• Daily life: how do archaeologists uncover the day-to-day lives of ordinary people? Evidence considered will include Greek homes, Pompeii, and Hadrian's Wall.
• The city of Rome: exploring the monuments and art of Imperial Rome.
We will discuss the archaeology of the sites, and the kinds of objects and artworks discovered there.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Have a basic overview of the chronology of the ancient world.
• Understand and describe key features and characteristics of a wide range of ancient sites, buildings and artefacts covered in the course.
• Be aware of some of the ways archaeologists have studied ancient Greece and Rome, both in the past and today, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading, but this is not required.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures, group discussions, questions, reading. Additional museum visits and reading outside the class will enhance the experience, but are entirely optional.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No. You may want to bring writing material to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Another Classical history or civilisation class.