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 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  2. Splendour and decline: Egypt from the XXIInd to the XXVth Dynasties

    Course Date: Tue 22 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore a fascinating but complex period of Egyptian history from the XXII to the XXV Dynasty.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  3. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  4. The rise of classical Greece: from the end of the Bronze Age to the Persian Wars

    Course Date: Wed 23 Sep 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The formative period following the end of the Mycenaean power which witnessed the origins and development of the Greek civilisation.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £219.00
    Senior fee: £175.00
    Concession: £134.00

  5. Art and architecture of Ancient India

    Course Date: Thu 1 Oct 2020
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £199.00
    Senior fee: £159.00
    Concession: £121.00

  6. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  7. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £129.00
    Senior fee: £103.00
    Concession: £79.00

  8. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  9. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £79.00
    Senior fee: £79.00
    Concession: £48.00

  10. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  11. The Trojan War

    The Trojan War

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 17 Oct 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    The myths surrounding the war between the Greeks and Trojans in c. 1200 BC. Or is it true?

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £69.00
    Senior fee: £55.00
    Concession: £42.00

  12. The Etruscans

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sun 25 Oct 2020
    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. The day will conclude with a visit to the British Museum.

    This course will be delivered online. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  13. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £119.00
    Senior fee: £119.00
    Concession: £73.00

  14. 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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. Mystery religions

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 4 Nov 2020
    Location on this date: Online
    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. For more information please see our guide to online learning.
    Full fee: £59.00
    Senior fee: £47.00
    Concession: £36.00

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