Courses about Ancient Civilisations

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

You can now study in the comfort of your home with our online courses.

For a limited time you can enjoy 20% off our online courses with a start date from 1 September 2020 using discount code: NEWONLINE. (Terms & Conditions apply )

To participate in online classes you will need an email address, a reliable internet connection, a computer/laptop/tablet with fully updated browser (preferably Google Chrome). Your device will need a microphone, and preferably a camera. Many classes use Google Classroom.

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  1. The Aztecs

    The Aztecs

    Course Date: Fri 17 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover one of the great New World civilisations and their achievements - the Aztecs of Mexico.

    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

  2. The Maya

    Course Date: Mon 20 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Learn about one of the most magnificent, but misunderstood civilisations of the ancient world - the ancient Maya from the rainforests of Central America. We'll examine their history and culture.

    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. Studying Classics: an introduction

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 25 Jul 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Do you want to find out what it means to study the classical world? This one-day course introduces the study of antiquity to the non-specialist. Discover the first histories, the heroic epics, and philosophical thought from Greece and Rome.

    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. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics: an introduction for complete beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 18 Sep 2020
    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

  5. Ancient American civilisations - part 1: the South

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    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

  6. Art and architecture of Ancient India

    New
    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020 (and 1 other date)
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £121.00

  7. The Greek world: Mediterranean cultures and interactions (3200-323 BCE)

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the Greeks and their culture from the Bronze Age until the age of Alexander the Great. Visit to the British Museum included.

    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

  8. The Byzantine Empire

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the fascinating history of the Byzantines from its beginnings until the fall of Constantinople.

    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. Female divinities in the Ancient Near East

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 6 Oct 2020
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  10. Tutankhamun’s fashion

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 10 Oct 2020
    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

  11. A potted history of Ancient Greece

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Oct 2020
    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

  12. Disease, Death and Mummies in Ancient Egypt

    Disease, death and mummies in Ancient Egypt

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Living and dying with disease; being buried and mummified in Ancient Egypt. What are the latest discoveries and theories? Who is carrying out this work, and what are the ethical considerations? Human remains will be explored in a museum setting.

    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. The Etruscans

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the mysterious people who lived in Central Italy and ended up being enveloped by the Romans.

    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

  14. Reading hieroglyphics

    Evening
    Course Date: Mon 26 Oct 2020
    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: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  15. Celebrating in Ancient Egypt

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 31 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    As the City Lit celebrates its centenary year, learn about annual religious festivals and private partying in the Ancient Egypt of c. 1350 BCE.

    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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