Women's lives in the ancient world
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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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?
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?
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 relevant exhibits from the British Museum collection.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no extra costs.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Other classes on ancient civilisations taught by Deborah Hyde or other tutors.
Deborah Hyde has loved history since her earliest schooldays. She now holds an MA in Classical Civilisation from Birkbeck, University of London and was joint winner of the 2011 Catherine Jane Booth prize for the study of Classics. Having first discovered the ancient world as a mature student, widening participation in its study is her passion -- she creates and teaches courses for which are designed to be accessible and enjoyable for people of all levels of knowledge. Deborah also leads reading groups exploring classical texts in translation, and is a WEA approved tutor. Her interests range from the origins of archaic Greek poetry to early Christian saints. “The ancient world is really good to think with. In Greek, Roman and other ancient societies, we can find roots, contrasts, parallels and thus understandings of our own identities and the ways our communities are organised. As Bob Marley so rightly said: ‘If you know your history, then you will know where you’re coming from’.”
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.