Heroes and Gods: 19. and 20. Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere
Time: 11:00 - 17:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RC022
Duration: 1 session
What is the course about?
Delve into classical myths used in naval related and other items by examining some of the British Museum and other collections of 19th-century objects.
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?
Following on from the previous course we shall look at what Classical artworks were available to artists in the C19th and what literary works were studied in schools and were known to the general population. We shall identify some of the Classical gods, heroes, figures from myth and historical characters used as figureheads and ship badges such as Achilles, Ajax, Atalanta, Caesar, Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Dido, Hercules, Leda, Minerva, Neptune, Orpheus and Penelope. We shall outline the basic myths surrounding them and examine why they might have been chosen.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Recognise figures from Greek and Roman myths
- Understand why these were used by the navy
- Appreciate the lasting appeal of Classical Mythology.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
Introductory, no prior knowledge necessary.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures, discussions, questions, reading of original texts (in translation).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring pen and paper to make notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other Classics history or art history classes. See prospectus or online for details.
After a BA in History & Geography at Keele with Music, Education and Greek Studies as subsidiaries, William Sterling taught History full-time before becoming a Civil Servant working for the Departments of Transport and Education. This allowed him to study part-time for his MA from Birkbeck and PhD from King’s College, London. From 1992, he lectured in Adult Education at a number of colleges before joining the City Lit in 2008. Since 1994 he has been an official Gallery Guide at the British Museum, covering the whole museum but specialising in the Ancient Greeks, Romans and Etruscans, the Medieval & Modern European and Enlightenment Galleries. As a lecturer, he specialises in those same areas as well as Royal History (especially British Monarchs from 1603 to 1910), Composers’ Lives and other Cultural, especially interdisciplinary, topics. He also lectures on Cruise Ships on subjects ranging from Vikings to Shakespeare. He runs a website offering free resources on the subjects he teaches.
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.