Discover Ancient Civilisations - Online Courses

Delve into stories of classics and the ancient world, learn the languages and explore their cultures. Courses are available on weekdays, evenings and weekends.

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  1. Greek and Roman archaeology: an introduction

    Course Date: Thu 29 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Introduce yourself to the archaeology of the ancient world, from the palaces of the Minoans and Mycenaeans to the Roman Forum.

    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. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: an introduction for complete beginners

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 7 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    This four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to provide a foundation in the writing of hieroglyphs. The class will be held online.

    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

  3. Walking with Theophrastos

    Course Date: Thu 13 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the story of Theophrastus, philosopher and scientist in Athens.

    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: £71.00
    Concession: £54.00

  4. Tutankhamun’s fashion

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 15 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Recent examinations of Tutankhamun’s underwear have revealed that the boy king was decidedly ‘pear-shaped’. What can his clothing tell us about the minutiae of daily life in Ancient Egypt? Afternoon visit to the Petrie Museum.

    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

  5. Ancient Israelite religions

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 20 May 2021
    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

  6. History of oriental carpets

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 22 May 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the origins of carpets, their threads, materials, patterns and trends as well as patrons and places of manufacture. Find out also their representations on the canvases of famous Renaissance artists.

    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. Magic in the ancient world

    Course Date: Wed 2 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £79.00
    Senior fee: £63.00
    Concession: £48.00

  8. Looking for the Golden Fleece: Jason and the Argonauts

    Course Date: Tue 8 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the myth of the golden fleece.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £39.00
    Senior fee: £31.00
    Concession: £24.00

  9. Love and erotic poetry from the Greek, Roman and Sanskrit traditions

    Course Date: Wed 9 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Delve into the collections of erotic verses by the Sanskrit authors Amaru and Bhart¿hari and compare them with love poems by Sappho, Catullus and other poets from the Classical tradition!

    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

  10. The ancient Olympics

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 12 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    As the Modern Olympic Games are going to take place this summer, it is time to reflect on their origin in Ancient Greece. Other Greek cities held games.

    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

  11. Up close and personal with Greek archaeological treasures

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 19 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover stunning objects from ancient Greece and the evidence they provide for the lives of ancient people. Spend the afternoon having a close look at the British Museum's collection.

    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

  12. 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

  13. Art of Islamic Spain

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 26 Jun 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover the art and architecture of Spain during the Arab domination (711-1493).

    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

  14. Greek myths: ancient truths, modern mystery

    Evening
    Course Date: Tue 13 Jul 2021
    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: £59.00
    Senior fee: £59.00
    Concession: £36.00

  15. The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    The Odyssey reading group (in translation)

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 15 Jul 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £99.00
    Senior fee: £99.00
    Concession: £60.00

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