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. Classics Week: Power - lessons from ancient Rome
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Join us for a series of talks exploring the subject of power in ancient Rome. This series takes inspiration from the British Museum’s current exhibition Nero: the man behind the myth (27 May- 24 Oct).

    Our esteemed guest speakers including Mary Beard, Olivette Otele, Tom Holland and Ian Morris will explore Roman soft-power, dynasties, race, identity and more. Presented by the City Lit and British Museum in partnership with UCL.

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    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 £45.00 Concession £45.00
  2. 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
  3. Roman and Arab Sicily
    Course Date:  Mon 21 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover how Sicily was shaped by the Roman and Arab domination.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  4. 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
  5. Discovering Constantinople, the capital of Eastern Roman and Byzantine Empires
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the fascinating history and artistic production in ancient Constantinople.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £29.00 Senior fee £29.00 Concession £29.00
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The Inca
    Course Date:  Fri 25 Jun 2021

    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 £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £30.00
  9. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery
    Evening
    Course Date:  Tue 13 Jul 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 £59.00 Senior fee £59.00 Concession £36.00
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  10. Splendour and Decline. Egypt from the XXIInd to the XXVth Dynasties
    Course Date:  Tue 21 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    Explore a fascinating but complex period of Egyptian history from the XXII to the XXV Dynasty.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  11. The Rise of Classical Greece: from the end of the Bronze Age to the 6th century BC
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

    The formative period following the end of Mycenaean power which witnessed the origins and development of Greek civilization.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  12. Ancient American civilisations - part 1: the South
    Course Date:  Wed 22 Sep 2021

    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
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  13. The Byzantine Empire
    Course Date:  Thu 30 Sep 2021

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
  14. A potted history of Ancient Greece
    Evening
    Course Date:  Thu 14 Oct 2021

    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
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  15. Reading hieroglyphics
    Evening
    Course Date:  Mon 25 Oct 2021

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £129.00 Concession £79.00

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