Tales of transformation: Ovid’s Metamorphoses

Course Dates: 07/06/21 - 05/07/21
Time: 18:00 - 19:30
Location: Online
A short course examining one of the masterpieces of Latin literature, the idiosyncratic epic poem "Metamorphoses", which offers a sweeping history of the world from its creation to the time of the emperor Augustus. Ovid’s narrative moves seamlessly through time and space, with transformation the common denominator of the stories he and his internal narrators tell. In this world of constant flux, everything changes shape: gods disguise themselves as animals; humans are transformed into birds, flowers, trees, and stones; and the landscape is regularly renewed.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Full fee £99.00 Senior fee £79.00 Concession £60.00

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Course Code: RT243

Started Mon, eve, 07 Jun - 05 Jul '21

Duration: 4 sessions (over 5 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course 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?

We will read a selection of key episodes from the "Metamorphoses" in English translation, and consider their themes, characterisation, style, and influence on later literature and art.

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?

The texts will be made available by the tutor. 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.

Nikoletta Manioti

Dr Nikoletta Manioti teaches Classical Greek and Latin. Originally from Thessaloniki, Greece, she has a PhD in Classics from the University of Durham. Before coming to City Lit she held academic positions at the University of St Andrews (2012-17 and 2018-2021), at King's College London (2017-18), and at Birkbeck, University of London (2017-18). She is interested in all aspects of the ancient world, but her research focuses on the family and the representation of space in literature. She is currently writing a book on sisters in 1st century BC Rome. Nikoletta loves teaching in general, and Greek and Latin in particular. She loves learning languages too: she is fluent in Italian; reads French, German, and Spanish; and knows the basics of Portuguese and Swedish.

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.