Ancient civilisations

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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. Art of ancient Central Asia
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the establishment and the development of Islamic art in Central Asia.

    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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  2. Art and ideas in Ancient Greece
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 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 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
  3. Ancient world civilisations
    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £189.00 Senior fee £151.00 Concession £115.00
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  4. A potted history of Ancient Greece: further themes
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Join this course to explore the role of selected images used on ancient Greek pots in wider ancient culture and society, and their modern reception.

    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
  5. Heroes and Gods: 19. and 20. Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items in the 19th century.

    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
  6. Greek and Roman archaeology: an introduction
    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Introduce yourself to the archaeology of the ancient world, from the palaces of the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the Roman Forum.

    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
  7. Life in Anglo-Saxon England
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    An overview of aspects of life in the period 400 –1100 AD.

    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
  8. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for complete beginners
    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    This four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to provide a foundation in the writing of hieroglyphs. The class will be held online.

    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. Walking with Theophrastos
    Course Date: Thu 13 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the story of Theophrastus, philosopher and scientist in Athens.

    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 £54.00
  10. Ancient Israelite religions
    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 20 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    The study of ancient Israelite religions has seen recently an increase of interest among scholars. The Bible gives us an impression that there is one acceptable dominant religion at the exclusion of all others. However a more nuanced picture emerges as the texts often record a disjunction between and ‘official’ form of religious practice centred on monotheism and ‘popular’ forms of religions, sometimes made alongside gender lines. The course will examine the symbolic universe which we can glimpse in the Bible to help us understand a broad range of religious practices and beliefs in ancient Israel.

    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
  11. History of oriental carpets
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the origins of carpets, their threads, materials, patterns and trends as well as patrons and places of manufacture. Find out also their representations on the canvases of famous Renaissance artists.

    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
  12. Tutankhamun’s fashion
    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 29 May 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Recent examinations of Tutankhamun’s underwear have revealed that the boy king was decidedly ‘pear-shaped’. What can his clothing tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? Afternoon visit to the Petrie Museum.

    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. Magic in the ancient world
    Course Date: Wed 2 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    How do you define magic and divination? Why has the Western world traditionally viewed magic as opposed to religion and science? These and other issues will be discussed in this thought-provoking course.

    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
  14. Looking for the Golden Fleece: Jason and the Argonauts
    Course Date: Tue 8 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Discover the myth of the golden fleece.

    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 £24.00
  15. Love and erotic poetry from the Greek, Roman and Sanskrit traditions
    Course Date: Wed 9 Jun 2021

    Location on this date: Online

    Delve into the collections of erotic verses by the Sanskrit authors Amaru and Bhart¿hari and compare them with love poems by Sappho, Catullus and other poets from the Classical tradition!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00

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