Ancient civilisations

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  1. Reading hieroglyphs: module 3
    Evening
    Course start date:  Mon 15 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Hugo Cook
    This is a follow-on course for those who have attended the first two modules of Reading hieroglyphs.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £159.00 Concession £129.00
  2. Tutankhamun unveiled
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Rosalind Janssen
    The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922 caused a worldwide sensation, which led to a bout of ‘Tut-mania’. Much overlooked is the political setting: Egypt’s semi-independence from British rule that occurred in the same year. But who was Tutankhamun: how did he live and die? This course unveils the Pharaoh, his wardrobe, curse, blockbuster exhibitions, and enduring legacy.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  3. Spectacles of the Ancient world
    Course start date:  Thu 9 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    This course explores some of the most elaborate and powerful displays of the Graeco-Roman world. Designed to entertain, inform, and elicit support, often at times of great political or religious significance, they were unforgettable, and have long exercised an influence on our own understanding of the nature of power.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £71.00 Concession £58.00
  4. Magic in the ancient world
    Course start date:  Wed 29 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    How do you define magic and divination? Why has the Western world traditionally viewed magic as opposed to religion and science? These and other issues will be discussed in this thought-provoking course.



    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 £64.00
  5. Aesop's fables: an introduction
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    Aesop’s fables have been used through history to clarify important issues within society. Investigate their perseverance through history and why they continue to be relevant today.
    Full fee £49.00 Senior fee £39.00 Concession £32.00
  6. The writings of Cicero: an introduction
    Course start date:  Fri 19 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    An introduction to one of the most influential and prolific Roman writers, Cicero, his life and works.



    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 £45.00
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  7. Africa and the Classics - the role Africa played in shaping the Classical world and our modern understanding of it
    Course start date:  Wed 2 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Szerdi Nagy
    This course aims to explore the multifaceted relationship between Africa and the Classical



    world, highlighting Africa's significant contributions to the Classical world.
    Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00
  8. Seven wonders of the ancient world
    Course start date:  Fri 4 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

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



    archaeology we'll explore possible answers.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £69.00
  9. Argonautica: reading group (in translation)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 8 Oct 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nikoletta Manioti




    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £149.00 Senior fee £149.00 Concession £97.00
  10. Prostitution in Ancient Rome
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 5 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    The oldest profession as practised among the Romans - not for the squeamish.



    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 £12.00
  11. Ancient Greek drama
    Course start date:  Tue 12 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    Have a taste of exploring the ancient Athenian stage, and how they still speak to us about the challenges we face today.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £129.00
  12. Treasures of Byzantine art and architecture
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 21 Nov 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Roberta Marin
    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 £69.00 Concession £45.00
  13. From mythical heroines to the emperor's subjects: epistolography in the Roman Empire
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 3 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nikoletta Manioti
    Find out more about epistolography (letter writing) as a literary genre in the Roman world.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £10.00
  14. Communication and trade routes between the Mediterranean and Asia
    Course start date:  Wed 4 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Roberta Marin
    This talk will explore the different commercial routes that crisscrossed the vast area between Central Asia, the Mediterranean basin and the Arabian Peninsula.
    Full fee £19.00 Senior fee £19.00 Concession £19.00
  15. Interactions between the Mediterranean world and Anglo-Saxon England
    Course start date:  Fri 6 Dec 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Stephen Pollington
    This talk will explore some of the connections which maintained the Anglo-Saxons' feeling that Rome was part of their heritage.



    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
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