Ancient civilisations

Discover Ancient Civilisations - Online Courses

Delve into stories of classics and the ancient world, learn the languages and explore their cultures. Courses are available on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

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  1. Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 13 Sep 2021 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable for complete beginners of ancient languages. Become familiar with the key grammar terminology and concepts that will enhance your learning. Highly recommended if you are starting to learn an ancient or classical language.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £23.00 Concession £18.00
  2. Splendour and Decline. Egypt from the XXIInd to the XXVth Dynasties
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a fascinating but complex period of Egyptian history from the XXII to the XXV Dynasty.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  3. The Rise of Classical Greece: from the end of the Bronze Age to the 6th century BC
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The formative period following the end of Mycenaean power which witnessed the origins and development of Greek civilization.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  4. Ancient American civilisations - part 1: the South
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Shrouded in mystery and legend, Amazonian and Central American cultures reveal surprising links to societies of the Andes that defy and challenge common perceptions about the rise of civilisation in the Americas.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  5. The Early Roman Emperors
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the Roman Empire under the government of the Julio-Claudian dynasty – from Augustus to Nero.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  6. Art and ideas in Ancient Greece: Further explorations
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 23 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and discover (or re-discover) Greek artistic creations through ‘Greek eyes’ by consulting contemporary literature, history and archaeology. This course follows the course taught in the spring but can also be taken as a standalone class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  7. A journey in the history and culture of Sicily
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 25 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This weekend course will offer an insight view of the multifaceted history and multilayered culture of Sicily, the ancient island off the shore of Italy mainland.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    87% of 100
  8. The Byzantine Empire
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The purpose of this course is to give an overview of Byzantine history, from the refoundation of the City by Constantine the Great to its final capture by the Turks.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  9. The Upanishads: an introduction
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 5 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Upanishads are considered the pinnacle of Hindu spirituality and philosophy. They have inspired devotees and scholars at home and across the globe. Come and discover them.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £95.00 Concession £73.00
  10. Women in ancient Rome
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Fri 8 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Women's position in the Ancient Roman world was important as they played important roles in the home, in business, in religion and even in politics.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  11. A potted history of Ancient Greece
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Images and scenes on ancient Greek pottery have captivated, inspired, shocked and been talking points across the centuries. Enjoy exploring their role in wider culture, ancient and modern, in an informal group discussion.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £48.00
    Rating:
    93% of 100
  12. Heavenly journeys
    ONLINE,Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore imaginative literature from the ancient world concerned with ‘souls journeys’ and the experience of otherworldly journeys and visions in Jewish texts arising form the Hellenistic period and the Greco-Roman world, as well as early Christian and Muslim texts.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Reading hieroglyphics
    Evening,ONLINE
    Course Date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This is a continuation course to the Introduction to Hieroglyphs held at the British Museum, and the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: a continuation course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00
  14. Women of the Bible in Art
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This module will look at the reception of the stories of biblical women in the visual arts, using a variety of tools from narratology, feminist interpretation, sociology, politics and visual exegesis. We will look a number of biblical texts where women appear as central or marginal and will examine the ways in which their story is depicted. We will look at the ways in which paintings will sometimes fill a gap in the story, or indeed diverge from its biblical model. The range of paintings will range from the medieval period, passing through the Renaissance to contemporary art.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £79.00 Senior fee £63.00 Concession £48.00
  15. Mystery religions
    ONLINE
    Course Date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Mystery religions were very popular in the ancient world and were organised as voluntary associations. Their popularity is attested in writings and in material culture of the Greco-Roman world. They offered intense religious experiences outside the official, civic religions. The participants were initiated into the mysteries: whilst there is considerable variety in form and content, a belief in a form of salvation was a common denominator of many of these mystery religions. The question of the relationship between the mystery cults and Christianity will also be broached.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

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