The Trojan War
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: RC811
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The myths surrounding the 10 year war between the Greek City States and Troy in c. 1200 BC including the events leading up to the war, some of the conflicts of the war and some of the events in its aftermath. Please note that this course is over 3 sessions, there will be no lesson on 14 October.
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 marriage of Peleus and Thetis, the Judgement of Paris, Achilles’s battles with Penthesilea, Hector and others, the fall of Troy, the adventures of Odysseus, the fall of the house of Agamemnon and the stories of other heroes and villains.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Understand the main course of events of the war
- Recall the part played in the war of the famous figures from mythology
- See the influence of the war on the art of the Ancient Greeks and Romans as well as later cultures in Europe and elsewhere.
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 keep up with the course. As with most of our history courses, an open mind and a willingness to listen to and think about views with which you do not always agree are more important than specific levels of skills.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is run by Dr William Sterling so anyone familiar with his courses will be aware of the mixture of illustrated lectures, discussions, questions, reading and analysis of original texts (in translation).
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Please bring pen and paper if you wish to take notes.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other ancient civilisations courses.
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.