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 course is taught by James Ryan.
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.