Ancient civilisations

Courses about Ancient Civilisations

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

Many of our courses are delivered online. For more information about our live online courses, please see our guide to online learning.

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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. The ancient Olympics
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 12 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    As the Modern Olympic Games are going to take place this summer, it is time to reflect on their origin in Ancient Greece. Other Greek cities held games.

    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
  7. The Etruscans
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Although their language has been lost the influence of the Etruscans on the Greeks and Romans was enormous and many objects survive today.

    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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  8. A beginner's guide to 'reading' ancient Greek and Roman art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What do trouser and moustaches signify? What's the cultural significance of veiled matrons and white-skinned female deities? What's with all the nudity etc. If you've seen stuff like this on your holidays but have always been too afraid to ask why, come and join this friendly, whistle-stop introduction!

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  9. Up close and personal with Greek archaeological treasures
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover stunning objects from ancient Greece and the evidence they provide for the lives of ancient people. Spend the afternoon having a close look at the British Museum's collection.

    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
  10. Introduction to ancient grammar
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Become familiar with some grammar terminology and concepts that will enhance your knowledge of English and the learning of other languages.

    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
  11. Nero's women
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Nero's Mother Agrippina was a dominant part of his life until she met an untimely end but his wives Octavia, Poppaea and Statilia also has a strong influence on his life.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  12. Looking for Nero
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can we possibly hope to discover the ‘real’ Nero two millennia after his death when our literary evidence portraying him as a monster is so clearly biased and contradictory? Conclusions that it is impossible offer instead a study of how ancient authors ‘construct’ their character in order to satisfy their own ideological purposes. But perhaps a different approach to these texts could reveal something of the man himself?

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  13. The reception of Nero in opera
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Roman emperor Nero has captured the imagination of artists, writers and musicians throughout the centuries. A genre in which portrayals of Nero appear frequently is opera. The first and most famous opera in which Nero features is Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea; it was followed by numerous, nowadays often almost forgotten operas that also present the Nero story, sometimes with interesting twists.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  14. Slavery in the ancient world
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    An overview of slavery as it existed in the late Roman Republic and early Empire.

    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
  15. Finding the mind's construction in the face: portraits of Nero
    Course Date:  Thu 24 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Reading the character of a man from his facial appearance has long been discredited. Drawing conclusions from constructed images representing that face, however, is quite a different matter. This is especially true when the subject is also the patron who controls the making of that image. Portraits do reflect the ‘real’ Nero.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00

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