What is the course about?
Ancient and modern history and epic: similarities and differences.
What will we cover?
We shall be looking at the ancient Greek idea of recurring cycles of history; the scheme of the great ages, as given in ancient Greece and the Veda; the epic in India and Greece; the concept of fate in ancient Greece and India.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- See comparisons between ancient Greek and Indian epic and historiography;
- Recognise your own prejudices and predispositions in modern thinking related to mythology and fate.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an introductory level course, and no particular skills are required. Open-mindedness an enormous advantage!
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
All materials will be supplied by the tutor; no work outside this one-off class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Pen; notebook; an open, enquiring mind!
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
We hope you might like to learn, or carry on learning, Greek or ancient Sanskrit, or any of our ancient literature in translation courses.