Studying Classics: an introduction

Course Dates: 25/07/20
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Online

Do you want to find out what it means to study the classical world? This one-day course introduces the study of antiquity to the non-specialist. Discover the first histories, the heroic epics, and philosophical thought from Greece and Rome.

This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.


What is the course about?

This one-day course will introduce the Classical world and what it means to study the discipline. It is ideal for those consider further courses, a degree, or simply are interested and what to know more.

This is a live online face-to-face 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?

What we mean by the Classical world and how this is changing; the differing disciplines within the study of Classics: from history to literature, from pottery to reception. We will look at the visual material from the ancient world, as well as the textual. We will discuss the great plays and the poems. Finally, we will discuss some of the history.

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

- identify the key narratives and authors of the Classical world;
- discuss the geography, chronology, and landmark figures/events;
- identify the prominent playwrights and plays;
- discuss philosophical figures and their schools;
- understand the different disciplines and approaches to the study of the ancient world.

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

This course is an introduction and so no previous knowledge is required.

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

There will be no work outside class, although further reading will be suggested for those who are interested. You will be taught through a combination of tutor lead discussion, reading of texts (in translation), and visual medium.

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

No. Just bring a pen, some paper (or a tablet), and yourself.

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

Any Classical Civilisations or Language class.

Tutor Biographies
Judith Rice

Judith has been teaching Classics (and other subjects) to both adults and children for over 10 years, and before that worked as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as a journalist, and in charities. She has taught at the Open University, Royal Holloway, and Birkbeck and is currently Head of Classics at a school in North London, and finds the similarities and difference sbetween adult and school education both challenging and fascinating. Having returned to formal education as a mature student herself, to pursue postgraduate work in Greek cultural and intellectual history, she has a strong commitment to continuing education. She has degrees from Oxford University and Royal Holloway, University of London and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Judith's love of ancient language, literature, philosophy, and archaeology arises from an overridng interest in ideas, and in the ways that we can learn about how people have thought in different times and places.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.

Book your place

Course Code: RC057

Sat, day, 25 Jul - 25 Jul '20

Duration: 1 session

Full fee: £59.00
Senior fee: £47.00
Concession: £36.00

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

Any questions?
or call 020 7492 2644

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