Ancient civilisations

Courses about Ancient Civilisations

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

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  1. The Etruscans
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sun 5 Dec 2021

    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
    Rating:
    80% of 100
  2. Christmas before we knew it: Saturnalia unwrapped
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    We all need a lift as winter sets in and the days get shorter... and the ancient Romans were no exception. The festival of Saturnalia was a time of 'libertas Decembri' (as the poet Horace put it), and included some customs that might strike a chord with modern day practices.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £10.00 Senior fee £10.00 Concession £10.00
  3. What are Greek myths
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 11 Dec 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    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.



    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
  4. Great voyages from Greek and Roman myths - Jason, Odysseus and Aeneas
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 15 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A detailed examination of the voyages and their fantastical encounters relating them to reality. Includes a visit to the British Museum.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  5. Islamic art and architecture in the Mediterranean basin
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the artistic production in some of the countries facing the Mediterranean Sea.



    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 £59.00 Concession £36.00
  6. Creation myths in the ancient near East
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and explore with us the idea of ‘myth’. We will look at creation myths in Ugarit, in ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, ancient Greece and in the Old Testament/Hebrew Bible.



    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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  7. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 29 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

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



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers. Includes a visit to the British Museum.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  8. The Inca
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Learn about the history and culture of the Inca civilisation from South America.



    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
  9. Shakespeare and the classical world
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 5 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    A quarter of Shakespeare’s major works were based on stories from the Classical World and have influenced our view of the Classical World ever since.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
  10. Art of ancient Central Asia
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

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



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
    Rating:
    100% of 100
  11. Women in Ancient Greece
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 26 Mar 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  12. Byzantium, Constantinople and Istanbul: the story of an iconic city
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 9 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Discover the multilayered history of the city from the origins to the end of the Ottoman Empire.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  13. Gods and Heroes: Classical Influence on Art
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Apr 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    How the classical world and the myths of Greece and Rome influenced and shaped art in the 17th and 18th century. Visit to the British Museum included.



    This course takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  14. Tutankhamun’s fashion
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 14 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00
  15. History of oriental carpets
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 21 May 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    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 takes place in the classroom, please follow this link to find out what we are doing to keep you safe: Staying COVID-19 secure at City Lit
    Full fee £59.00 Senior fee £47.00 Concession £36.00

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