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. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. The Etruscans
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 26 Jun 2021 (and 1 other date)

    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.

    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 £23.00 Concession £18.00
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  9. A beginner's guide to 'reading' ancient Greek and Roman art
    Weekend
    Course Date:  Sat 19 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    What do trouser and moustaches signify? What's the cultural significance of veiled matrons and white-skinned female deities? What's with all the nudity etc. If you've seen stuff like this on your holidays but have always been too afraid to ask why, come and join this friendly, whistle-stop introduction!

    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
  10. Nero's women
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Nero's Mother Agrippina was a dominant part of his life until she met an untimely end but his wives Octavia, Poppaea and Statilia also has a strong influence on his life.

    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
  11. Looking for Nero
    Course Date:  Tue 22 Jun 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Can we possibly hope to discover the ‘real’ Nero two millennia after his death when our literary evidence portraying him as a monster is so clearly biased and contradictory? Conclusions that it is impossible offer instead a study of how ancient authors ‘construct’ their character in order to satisfy their own ideological purposes. But perhaps a different approach to these texts could reveal something of the man himself?

    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

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