Looking for Nero

Course Dates: 22/06/21
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
Tutors: 
Can we possibly hope to discover the ‘real’ Nero two millennia after his death when our literary evidence portraying him as a monster is so clearly biased and contradictory? Conclusions that it is impossible offer instead a study of how ancient authors ‘construct’ their character in order to satisfy their own ideological purposes. But perhaps a different approach to these texts could reveal something of the man himself?
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Course Code: RC031

Full Tue, day, 22 Jun - 22 Jun '21

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This lecture celebrates the ancient world and accompanies the forthcoming Classics Week (RC061) organised by City Lit in partnership with the British Museum and University College London. This year’s inspiration is the major British Museum exhibition “Nero: the man behind the myth”.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

Literary texts and portraits of Nero.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- demonstrate some knowledge on the topic of the lectures.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Anyone with interest or curiosity for the ancient world is welcome to join. No previous knowledge required.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

This is a tutor-led lecture, with opportunities to ask questions throughout the session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No other costs. Please bring writing material if you wish to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

You will find a list of all the courses offered by City Lit on our website, www.citylit.ac.uk.

Michael Duigan

Michael teaches Classical and Ancient history at the City Lit. For many years he lectured in the Certificate/Diploma in History of Art course at London University, Birkbeck. He delivered a course in the ‘Classical Tradition’ at St Mary’s University and on ‘the Classical Artist’ at the Courtauld Institute. He also teaches a Summer School on Ancient Art in Christ Church, Oxford University. Michael acts as a tour guide to archaeological sites and museum collections.

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