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. Women of the Bible in Art
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 2 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    This module will look at the reception of the stories of biblical women in the visual arts, using a variety of tools from narratology, feminist interpretation, sociology, politics and visual exegesis. We will look a number of biblical texts where women appear as central or marginal and will examine the ways in which their story is depicted. We will look at the ways in which paintings will sometimes fill a gap in the story, or indeed diverge from its biblical model. The range of paintings will range from the medieval period, passing through the Renaissance to contemporary art.



    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
  2. Mystery religions
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 3 Nov 2021

    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. 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. Treasures of Byzantine art and architecture
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 11 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    The Byzantines (circa 330-1453) have produced some of the finest works of art and erected the most remarkable buildings in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and beyond.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00 Senior fee £55.00 Concession £42.00
  4. Rome: from Republic to Empire - 120 BC to 20 AD
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 11 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    In 120 BC, Rome was a city-state with functioning republican institutions that made room for a substantial element of democracy. It was also the dominant power in the Mediterranean World. By 20 AD, Rome was the capital of an autocratic empire that covered virtually the whole of the Mediterranean World and most of its surrounding territories. Between these dates, Rome saw the collapse of its ancient governing institutions in an orgy of political assassination, civil wars, purges, and military dictatorships.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  5. Athens in the 2nd century AD according to Pausanias
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 19 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Pausanias wrote a fascinating account of his travels in Greece. Join this class to read and discuss Pausanias’ account of Athens and Attica as he saw it in around A.D. 175.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £169.00 Senior fee £135.00 Concession £103.00
  6. Sex, gender roles and sexuality in Ancient Israel
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    The role of ancient Israelite women has been at the forefront of discussions about gender and sexuality as the biblical stories have been formative in mapping out subsequent understanding of women’s sexuality. This course will explore gender roles and sexuality in ancient Israel through biblical stories and laws about women in ancient Israel. We will explore a range of texts from myths, to laws, love poetry and texts portraying graphic violence against women while asking questions about the implications of gender constructions for the status of women 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 £119.00 Senior fee £119.00 Concession £73.00
  7. Greek myths and their symbolism
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 26 Jan 2022

    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 £129.00 Senior fee £103.00 Concession £79.00
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  8. Ancient cities St. Paul knew
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 3 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover eight fascinating ancient cities, which are amazing places to visit.



    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
  9. Ancient American civilisations: the North
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Wed 9 Feb 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore the little known history of pre-Columbian civilizations North of Mexico and their links to Aztec and other Mexican cultures.



    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
  10. Ancient Israelite religions
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 19 May 2022

    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
  11. The Rise of Classical Greece: from the end of the Bronze Age to the 6th century BC
    Last Few Places
    Course start date:  Wed 6 Oct 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.



    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 £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00
  12. Art and ideas in Ancient Greece: Further explorations
    Last Few Places, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Thu 7 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Come and discover (or re-discover) Greek artistic creations through ‘Greek eyes’ by consulting contemporary literature, history and archaeology. This course follows the course taught in the spring but can also be taken as a standalone class.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £219.00 Senior fee £175.00 Concession £134.00

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