The Persian Wars

Course Dates: 26/01/23 - 30/03/23
Time: 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Online
The Greeks are perhaps the exceptional people of the Ancient World. They were not saints: they were at least as willing as anyone else to engage in aggressive wars, enslavement, and sometimes human sacrifice. At the same time, working without any strong outside inspiration, they provided at least the foundations for the science, mathematics, philosophy, art and secular literature of later peoples.
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 £169.00 Senior fee £169.00 Concession £110.00

Course Code: RC084

Thu, eve, 26 Jan - 30 Mar '23

Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)

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What is the course about?

The purpose of the course is to discuss who the Greeks were, and how they interacted with other peoples. Though the main focus will be on relations with the Persian Empire, other relationships will explored – with Jews and Romans and barbarians.

The course will be wholly in English. No knowledge of Greek or any other foreign language will be required.

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?

1. The Case for the Greeks
2. The Rise of Persia
3. The Great War with Persia – 1: to Marathon
4. The Great War with Persia – 2: to Plataea
5. Xenophon and the March of the Ten Thousand
6. Alexander the Great – 1
7. Alexander the Great – 2
8. The Hellenistic Encounters
9. Greeks and Romans
10. The Melting of the Greeks.

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

By the end you will have a broad understanding of the Persians Wars and of the relationships between the Greeks and the surrounding civilisations.

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

This course is open to everyone and does not assume any previous knowledge on the topic. As the course is taught in English, please read the outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support with your English skills to help you take part fully in this class.

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

The course will be fully on-line, and there is no preparation work needed.

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

Bring writing material.

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

Any other class on ancient civilisations. See the website for details.

Sean Gabb

Sean has been teaching Greek and Latin for a very long time, and he loves what he does. While not doing that, he's made the time to write around forty books. These include twelve historical novels, by "Richard Blake," and published by Hodder & Stoughton. They also include editions of Book VI of "The Aeneid," the "Historia Langobardorum" of Paul the Deacon, and various parts of St Jerome's Latin version of The New Testament. One of his science fiction novels was nominated for the 2015 Prometheus Award.

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