Ancient civilisations

Courses about Ancient Civilisations

Discover the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Roman on our courses, as well as Mayan civilisations and more.

Courses available both in-person and online

We offer a range of long and short courses allowing you to choose between in-person and online learning.

Learn in the centre of London with our in-person courses. Our purpose-built facilities in Covent Garden mean we are ideally located and easy to get to. 

See our guide to online learning for more information about accessing our live online courses.

All our courses are live, interactive, and taught by expert tutors. No matter how you prefer to learn, we've got the class for you.

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  1. Women in Ancient Greece
    Course start date:  Fri 28 Jun 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    In this course we shall examine women in myth, women in religion and the everyday life of women. It will conclude with a visit to the British Museum.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  2. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    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.
    Full fee £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £77.00
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  3. The Hindu Temple: an introduction
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Arjmand Ahmad
    Discover more about the development, history and sacred geometry of the Hindu temple in this weekend course which includes a guided visit to a local temple.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £64.00
  4. Akhenaten, Pharaoh of Egypt: the first individual in history?
    Course start date:  Tue 24 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    Explore the history and legacy of Akhenaten.
    Full fee £249.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £162.00
  5. The Greeks Overseas. Politics and power in the Western Mediterranean
    Course start date:  Wed 25 Sep 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Duigan
    The Western Mediterranean, known as ‘Greater Greece’, preserves some of the loveliest art anywhere in the Greek world. Come and discover the role of these colonies in politics & warfare in the Mediterranean.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  6. Africa and the Classics - the role Africa played in shaping the Classical world and our modern understanding of it
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Szerdi Nagy
    This course aims to explore the multifaceted relationship between Africa and the Classical



    world, highlighting Africa's significant contributions to the Classical world.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  7. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    The Seven Wonders fascinate us, but what were they and why were they wonders? Using art, literature and



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
  8. Languages of the ancient Near East: Sumerian, Akkadian, Egyptian
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Vaughan Pilikian
    This unique and wide-ranging course provides a broad introduction to the three major languages of the Ancient Near East, which together traverse a vast history of four millennia. In them were written some of the great landmarks of world literature, such as the Babylonian epic of Gilgamesh, the Egyptian Book of the Dead and the Sumerian Descent of Inanna.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £97.00
  9. Gothic language: a taster
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Stephen Pollington
    Discover the ancient language spoken by the Goths, an ancient Germanic population from Scandinavia who settled in North-Eastern and Eastern Europe.



    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 £12.00
  10. Deciphering the Rosetta Stone
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    200 years after one of history’s most famous puzzles was deciphered, tour around the British Museum’s new Decipherment exhibition and learn how the mystery of Hieroglyphs was unravelled with the Rosetta Stone, with other archaeological clues, and with a bit of genius.
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £38.00
  11. Mystery religions
    Course start date:  Wed 30 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    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 £69.00 Concession £45.00
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  12. The Etruscans
    Course start date:  Fri 1 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  William Sterling
    Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £45.00
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  13. Old Persian Cuneiform - intermediate
    Evening, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 3 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    Continue to learn Cuneiform, which will allowing you to explore the words and world of the ancient Persians.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
  14. Prostitution in Ancient Rome
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    The oldest profession as practised among the Romans - not for the squeamish.



    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 £12.00
  15. Hieroglyphs - intermediate
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 10 Nov 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    Continue to discover hieroglyps and their fascinating history. Suitable for those who have already completed the introductory class at the British Museum.



    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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