Ancient civilisations

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  1. Heavenly journeys
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 23 Oct 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Explore imaginative literature from the ancient world concerned with ‘souls journeys’ and the experience of otherworldly journeys and visions in Jewish texts arising form the Hellenistic period and the Greco-Roman world, as well as early Christian and Muslim texts.



    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. The Trojan War
    Last Few Places, ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 6 Nov 2021

    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. 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
  5. 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
  6. Journey in pre-Islamic and early Islamic art and architecture
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 13 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    In this weekend course, we will examine the art and architecture of pre-Islamic Arabia and the role played mainly by Byzantines and Sasanians in the development of Islamic art.



    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
  7. An artistic history of Jerusalem
    ONLINE, Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 27 Nov 2021

    Location on this date:  Online

    Jerusalem is considered the holy city for the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity and Islam) and is one of the most iconic cities in the world.



    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
  8. 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:
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  9. Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction
    Evening, ONLINE
    Course start date:  Mon 10 Jan 2022 (and 2 other dates)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Suitable for complete beginners of ancient languages. Become familiar with the key grammar terminology and concepts that will enhance your learning. Highly recommended if you are starting to learn an ancient or classical language.



    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 £18.00
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Islamic art and architecture in the Mediterranean basin
    Weekend
    Course start date:  Sat 22 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  KS - Keeley Street

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



    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
  13. 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
    Rating:
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  14. 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
  15. Jewish novels in the Hellenistic period
    ONLINE
    Course start date:  Tue 25 Jan 2022

    Location on this date:  Online

    Discover the emergence of the novel as a literary genre during the Hellenistic period, which has given birth to the modern novel.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00

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