Ancient civilisations

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  1. Grammar for ancient languages: an introduction
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Andrew David
    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 £49.00
  2. Art and architecture of ancient India - part 1
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 16 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Arjmand Ahmad
    India's three indigenous religions - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism - have given rise to one of the oldest artistic civilisations in the world. Learn more about the art and architecture of Ancient India in this part 1 of the course.
    Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £99.00 Concession £64.00
  3. Sex, gender roles and sexuality in Ancient Israel
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 23 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Ann Jeffers
    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 £89.00
  4. Who were the ancient Greeks?
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 25 Jan 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    The Greeks are perhaps the exceptional people of the Ancient World. They were not saints: they were at least as willing as anyone else to engage in aggressive wars, enslavement, and sometimes human sacrifice. At the same time, working without any strong outside inspiration, they provided at least the foundations for the science, mathematics, philosophy, art and secular literature of later peoples.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  5. From mythical heroines to the emperor's subjects: epistolography in the Roman Empire
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 30 Jan 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 £19.00
  6. The Odyssey reading group (in translation)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 31 Jan 2024 (and 1 other date)

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Justin Murray
    Homer’s epic tale of Odysseus’ journey home after the Trojan War may now be over 2,500 years old but it still has much to tell us about the Ancient Greek world that is still relevant today. Explore this great work in translation.



    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 £77.00
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  7. The Coming of the Sea Peoples: The Trojan War in the context of Mycenaean Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean in the Late Bronze Age
    Evening
    Course start date:  Thu 18 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Sean Gabb
    The Late Bronze Age is a story of collapse, from New Kingdom Egyptian to Hittite Anatolia, from the Assyrian Empire to Babylonian turmoil. Mycenaean Greece is a part of this and the Coming of the Sea Peoples is a terror that echoes through the pages of history. Come learn about how the world as we knew it ended!



    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 £169.00 Concession £110.00
  8. Isis, Mithras and Christ: iconography and mythology
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 24 Apr 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Michael Bloomfield
    An introduction to the history, essential beliefs, mythology, and iconography, of three influential religions



    of the Graeco-Roman world: Isis, the mystery cult devoted to Mithras and Christ.
    Full fee £199.00 Senior fee £199.00 Concession £129.00
  9. Tales of transformation: Ovid’s Metamorphoses
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 7 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Nikoletta Manioti
    So many works of arts refer, in one way or another, to Ovid's Metamorphoses. In this course, you'll become familiar with some of the most memorable stories in this masterpiece and begin to understand why its stories are - and have been - so universally fascinating and influential.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £89.00 Senior fee £89.00 Concession £58.00
  10. The Iliad reading group (in translation)
    Evening
    Course start date:  Wed 8 May 2024

    Location on this date:  Online

    Tutors:  Justin Murray
    Come and explore Homer's great epic tale in translation.



    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee £119.00
  11. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery
    Evening
    Course start date:  Tue 9 Jul 2024

    Location on this date:  Keeley Street

    Tutors:  Maria Contos
    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.
    Full fee £69.00
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