The Rise of Classical Greece: from the end of the Bronze Age to the 6th century BC
Time: 12:30 - 14:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: RC001
Duration: 11 sessions (over 11 weeks)
What is the course about?
A historical investigation of this period, tracing the links between the politics, ideas and art which changed more rapidly and dramatically than in any other contemporary society.
What will we cover?
The collapse of the palace culture at the end of the Bronze Age. The onset of the ‘Dark Ages’ characterized by the rise of new ‘city states’, large-scale migrations and a distinctive ‘Geometric Style’ in art. Renewed contact with much older ‘oriental’ cultures and its transformative effect on Greek society. Rule by aristocrats (subsequently overthrown by tyrants) presiding over an elegant and sophisticated ‘Archaic’ period in Greek history.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Explain key political, social and cultural events in 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?
This is an introductory course and does not assume any previous study or reading although you will need a good grasp of English to participate and keep up with the course. You will gain more from the course, in terms of enjoyment and learning, if you are able and willing to do some supplementary reading. Curiosity, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about opposing views are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Illustrated lectures, group discussions, questions, readings and analysis of original texts (in translation). In addition (if you so wish) you are very welcome to make a presentation on any related subject of your choice.
Museum visits and 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?
Another Classical Civilisations class in Term 2.
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.