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Ancient Civilisations Courses in London

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. Ancient Israelite religions

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 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

  2. Ancient cities St. Paul knew

    Course Date: Thu 4 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Discover eight fascinating ancient cities, which are amazing places to visit.

    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. Shakespeare and the classical world

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    A quarter of Shakespeare’s major works were based on stories from the Classical World and have influenced our view of the Classical World ever since.

    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: £42.00

  4. Ancient American civilisations: the North

    Course Date: Wed 10 Feb 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Explore the little known history of pre-Columbian civilizations North of Mexico and their links to Aztec and other Mexican cultures.

    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: £129.00
    Concession: £79.00

  5. Homer's Iliad: reading group

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 4 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    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: £69.00
    Senior fee: £69.00
    Concession: £42.00

  6. Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs: continuation course

    Evening
    Course Date: Fri 5 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Follow-on course from the Introduction. Presented in partnership between the British Museum and City Lit, this four-week course uses British Museum objects related to ancient Egypt to broaden and deepen students' knowledge of Egyptian Hieroglyphs.

    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

  7. Great sea battles from the classical world - Salamis, Syracuse and Actium

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 27 Mar 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Ships and sailing techniques and naval warfare in the Ancient 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. Isis, Mithras and Christ: iconography and mythology

    Evening
    Course Date: Wed 14 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    An introduction to the essential belief structures, iconography, and mythology of three widespread ancient religions of the Roman world: Isis, the mystery cult devoted to Mithras and Christ.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £179.00
    Senior fee: £143.00
    Concession: £109.00

  9. Ancient world civilisations

    Course Date: Wed 21 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    The course looks at major ancient civilisations around the world. Offering a fresh perspective on the emergence of states, chiefdoms and empires, the ten lessons will examine relationships and influences between settled and nomadic peoples.

    This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
    Full fee: £189.00
    Senior fee: £151.00
    Concession: £115.00

  10. 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 Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Find out more about the Trojan War.

    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. A potted history of Ancient Greece: further themes

    Evening
    Course Date: Thu 22 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Join this course to explore the role of selected images used on ancient Greek pots in wider ancient culture and society, and their modern reception.

    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

  12. Heroes and Gods: 19. and 20. Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere

    Weekend
    Course Date: Sat 24 Apr 2021
    Location on this date: Online
    Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items in the 19th century.

    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

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

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