Women's lives in the ancient world

Course Dates: 27/07/19
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Deborah Hyde

Discover how women are portrayed on the male-dominated stage of Ancient Greece and Rome and what issues affected their lives. A visit to the British Museum is included.


What is the course about?

From the ancient Greek poet Sappho and Homer’s Penelope through to Lucretia, Cleopatra and Boudicca in Roman times, women appear consistently on the male-dominated stage of ancient history, albeit in cameo roles. But what are the problems and challenges inherent in using contemporary artistic output to accurately reconstruct key themes and issues affecting the lives of women in ancient Greece and Rome?

What will we cover?

This ‘people-led’ day school will use literary and artistic evidence for a range of historical mortal women – from queens and courtesans and to weavers and slaves – and for female deity figures, as a ‘way in’ to female experiences in the ancient world.

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

-Contribute to a discussion on key themes from the nature of ancient Greek and Roman women’s lives.
-Identify key issues involved in reconstructing ancient Greek and Roman women’s lives using available ancient evidence.

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

This is an introductory course, designed to be accessible and enjoyable for everyone, so little or no prior knowledge of ancient Greek or Roman history is required. However it will make use of written texts in English, so a GCSE-level grasp of English is recommended.

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

This one-day course will combine tutor presentations, work with related texts and images, discussions, quizzes and an afternoon visit to view selected, relevant exhibits at the nearby British Museum. We want you to get the most possible from this day school, so if the museum visit or any other aspect might present challenges or worries for you, we would actively welcome and encourage your talking to us about your needs in advance of coming to class.

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

There are no extra costs though you may want to bring a pen and notebook.

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

Why not try "Art, sculpture and architecture of the classical world: an introduction", which will start in the autumn, also taught by Deborah Hyde.

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Book your place

Course Code: RC412

Sat, day, 27 Jul - 27 Jul '19

Duration: 1 session

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

Or call to enrol: 020 7831 7831

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Any questions? classics@citylit.ac.uk
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