The rise of civilisation in ancient Greece - Part 1: The Aegean in the Bronze Age
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
This course has now started
Course Code: RA421
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
We will trace the rise of civilization in the Aegean. The beautiful sculptures of the Cyclades. The fabled island of Crete where king Minos ruled and Theseus killed the Minotaur. Palaces adorned with lovely frescoes contained pottery decorated with running spirals echoing the rhythms of the sea. This exquisite art, influenced by Egypt and the Levant would later inspire the craftsmen of mainland Greece.
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.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The mythical, archaeological and historical context. The appearance of the ‘first palaces’ in Crete about 1900 BC and possible links with Syria especially the palace of Mari. These include Knossos, Phaistos and Hagis Triada. -Painting and sculpture of a style which is unique in the ancient world.
-Some of the most beautiful ceramics ever made. International trade and commercial contacts.
- Relations between Crete, Mainland Greece, the Levant and Egypt.
-Discoveries at Akrotiri, a ‘bronze age Pompeii’ destroyed by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption which preserved magnificent frescoes and lovely artefacts.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain key political, social and cultural events in Ancient Greece in their historical context
- Recognise the style, period and context for archaeological objects, images and texts
- Use appropriate evidence and strategies for analysing this ancient material.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The classes are richly illustrated not merely to accompany the narrative but because the visual material is – examined in its context of literature history & archaeology – the evidence from which our conclusions are drawn. There is the added bonus that frequently what we are viewing is beautiful - offering aesthetic pleasure as well as intellectual excitement.
No prior knowledge is required and (if you like, to the extent you would like) we can all participate in discussions. In addition (if you so wish) you are very welcome to make a presentation on any related subject of your choice. At the end of each class there will be additional time (c.30 minutes+) when you are invited to join further discussion and raise further questions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures, discussions, questions, readings and analysis of original texts (in translation). Reading outside the course will enhance the experience.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Limited book purchases recommended but optional.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other ancient Greece classes. Please check our website for information.
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.
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.