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 start date:  Mon 12 Sep 2022 (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 £19.00
  2. Ancient Egypt – Its greatest cultural achievement - The Middle Kingdom
    Course start date:  Tue 27 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Explore a fascinating but complex period of Egyptian history from the XXI to the XII Dynasty.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  3. Art and ideas in Ancient Greece: part 1
    Course start date:  Wed 28 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Join the second of a series of thematic examinations of Greek culture through an exploration of their ideas.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £142.00
  4. The Byzantine Empire
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    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 £84.00
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  5. The Trojan War – History or Myth?
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Did Troy ever exist? Did a great siege ever happen? History or Myth? Come and find out on this fascinating course.



    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 £142.00
  6. Art and architecture of Ancient India
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 29 Sep 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Arjmand Ahmad
    India's three indigenous religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism - have given rise to one of the oldest artistic civilisations in the world. Learn more about the art and architecture of Ancient India in this introductory course.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
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  7. Ancient American civilisations - part 1: the South
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 5 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Max Carocci
    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 £84.00
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  8. Alexander the Great: the man and the myth
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 13 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online





    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  9. The Early Roman Emperors
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 20 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £84.00
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  10. Heavenly journeys
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Oct 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    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.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  11. Women of the Bible in Art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 1 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers, Rachel Montagu
    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 £51.00
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  12. Mystery religions
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    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.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
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  13. The Trojan War
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    The myths surrounding the war between the Greeks and Trojans in c. 1200 BC. Or is it true?
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  14. Ancient Greek drama: a taster
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 15 Nov 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    Have a taste of exploring the ancient Athenian stage, and how they still speak to us about the challenges we face today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £39.00 Senior fee £31.00 Concession £25.00
  15. What are Greek myths?
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 10 Dec 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    Myth permeated all aspects of ancient society and much the same can be said today. Investigate the relevance and perseverance of the Greek myth and why these tales continue to fascinate.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
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