The rise of Rome
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: RC005
Duration: 10 sessions (over 11 weeks)
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What is the course about?
We explore the cultures which preceded and contributed to Rome including the Villanovans, the Etruscans and classical Greece. We survey the rise of the Republic, the conquest of the Greek kingdoms and the forging of an empire. The transofrmation of the state to an autocracy under Augustus is examined leading to the dynastic disputes which followed. A visit to the British Museum is included
There will be no class on 15th June.
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 origins of Rome as portrayed in myth and poetry and evidenced in archaeology. The early struggles against powerful rivals by this village on the banks of the Tiber and its eventual triumph as the 'mistress of the Mediterranean'. The struggle for power; Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, Cleopatra and Augustus. We document the use of literature, art and public display as an instrument of government. Architecture, painting and portraiture in scultupre, coinage and gems were exmployed to forge an identity and win the allegiance of the subject.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify the principal historical and political developments during this period
- Analyse and understand the literature and art relating to this period
- Use appropriate strategies for handling this ancient evidence.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
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.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures with opportunities to ask questions, readings and analysis of original texts (in translation). Museum visits and reading outside the course will greatly enhance the experience.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
No additional costs. Bring writing material.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other ancient civilisation classes from September or short courses in the summer. See website for details.
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.
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