Current Courses and Seminars

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Saturday Seminars and One Day Conferences

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Aesop's Fables - What they Really Mean
This seminar will bring Aesop to life and look at him in a new and exciting way showing his relevance to modern academic study. This underrated and almost forgotten source is a goldmine of information.
Aspects of Iphigenia
This seminar will explore the character of Iphigenia together with her treatment and reception by ancient and modern authors. We will carry out a close reading of the primary sources in which she features and explore the myths that would have been known to the audiences and ancient playwrights to delve deep into the actual, and the concept, of Iphigenia.
Consummated Rape in the Ancient World
This seminar follows the history of heterosexual and homosexual rape in the ancient world in from Homeric times, through Greece when it was so normal that it appeared on vases - into Rome when it was the usual plot line in comedy.  We will look at the issue in the real world – in myth, in comedy and in the law. Please note that we will be discussing topics and looking at images that some people may find upsetting.
Euripides' Hippolytus
Hippolytus died of his injuries having been crushed under the wheels of his own chariot. The horses, having been terrorised by Poseidon’s bull, trampled the boy that had been cursed by this father. In this seminar we will carry out a close reading of the play, listening to the silences, uncovering the secrets and looking at the sequences of events that led to his death as told by Euripides.
Greek and Roman Myth - Explanation and Reason
Greek and Roman myth have much in common but remain distinctly individual. This course will look for an explanation of the myths from the point of view of the ancients by taking a contemporary approach, and consider the journey from the age of myth to the age of reason.
Herodotus' Histories
Herodotus offers a conceptual mapping of the world and the Greeks’ place in it. The Histories is an extraordinary piece of literature following in the footsteps of the Ionian natural scientists and travellers who had collected information about the natural world.
Homer's Iliad
This interactive seminar consists of a close reading of Homer’s Iliad. The plot, characters and meaning of the poem are examined in detail within the context of the Homeric world. The value of the poem as an historical document is also considered alongside the influence that it has had on literature through the middle ages and into modernity.
In Bed with Catullus
This Saturday Afternoon Seminar will unpick a broad range of his work to uncover the persona of Catullus as presented in his words. We will look at the relationship he had with Cynthia and through a close reading of a broad range the poems, uncover the way he saw and thought about his lover, the Roman world and its people.
Latin Love Elegy
Never before had a culture produced the kind of poetry seen in the early 1st century AD. Love Elegy was a new genre written by professional poets who were ‘militia amoris’ – fighting in love’s army. Love Elegy contains poems which explore the ecstasy of the agony of being in love with a woman of the ‘demi-monde’.
Metamorphoses, Animal Myths and Trickster Mythology
In this course we begin with the trickster god Hermes and then look at two famous trickster heroes, Sisyphus and Autolycus. After that we consider the important figure of the Titan Prometheus, and compare him with some Middle Eastern gods which gives us a chance to look at trickery in the Old Testament as well. After that we come back to Greek mythology, looking at the important figure of the goddess as trickster.
Myth's Fluidity, Manipulation and Modification
Myth is fluid and moves and changes in space and time. There are often multiple version of myths from Greece and Rome, each of which tell a slightly different story for a different reason. They were used by poets, playwrights and politicians all for their own ends. This seminar will consider various receptions of myth through the ancient world into modernity.
Ovid's Heriodes
Ovid brings us the unsent letters of 15 women who had no voice to rage the men who hurt, betrayed and humiliated them. This seminar will be a close reading of the letters to give the women a voice and look at the acts that caused such pain and anguish.
Ovid's Metamorphoses
The Metamorphoses is a twelve-thousand-line poem arranged loosely in chronological order from the beginning of the universe's creation to the Augustan Rome of Ovid's own time. Throughout the fifteen books making up the Metamorphoses, the idea of change is pervasive. Gods are continually transforming their own selves and shapes, as well as the shapes and beings of humans.
Ovid's Metamorphoses - Reception and Structure
This course will unpick, amongst others, the duality of themes such as love and loss; birth and death; gender and sexuality; morality and monstrosity and anger and desire. The unremitting and unjust cruelty of the gods demonstrates the harm that comes with great power but Ovid also shows how they can become comedic figures of fun when they lose their dignity through the temptation of amor.
Roman Funerary Practice and working with Inscriptions
This course will look at the various rituals surrounding dying, death, burial and post-burial. It will consider the different types of funerals held for the well off, distinguished persons, the military, emperors and members of their family.
The Kindness of Strangers
This course looks at the issue of child sacrifice and abandonment in Western Europe from antiquity up until the Middle Ages. We will consider the religious and social reasons for infanticide, exposure and abandonment and what drives a parent to dispose of a child in this way.
The Odyssey
‘Tell me, O Muse, of the man of many devices, who wandered full many ways …’. Homer’s Odyssey is one of the most important pieces of literature in the Western canon. This epic poem tells of gods and heroes and monsters and mayhem as Odysseus finds his way home.
The Trojan Tragedy
This seminar tells the tale of the Trojan War from the women’s point of view. Drawing on literature, art and archaeology from the ancient world and the modern era we will stand side by side with the Trojan women as they stare their fate in the face.
Understanding the place of Myth in the Ancient World
This one day conference comprises a morning and an afternoon session. These sessions build on previous classes and offer the chance to break down the social and political structures of Greece and Rome that influenced, manipulated and created myths, and cults, that changed the face of the Ancient World.
Virgil's Aeneid
The Aeneid is the story of a man who lived over three thousand years ago. After the fall of Troy Aeneas escaped to his ships and set off on his epic journey to fulfil his destiny to found Rome.

Four and Six Week Short Courses

Academic Practice
This course is intended to teach students the academic practices required for study at undergraduate and postgraduate level with particular reference to Classical and Archaeological Studies.
Advanced Academic Practice
This intensive 6 week programme builds on the existing 6 week Academic Practice course and is designed for those who wish to take their academic writing to the advanced standard required at dissertation level for Masters into that which is required at PhD level.
An Introduction to Roman Law
This course offers an insight into selected areas of Roman law. Status lay at the heart of Rome and so we will start by looking at the Law of Persons and the different gradations of status which were reflected in a myriad of detailed rules which covered, amongst other things, citizenship, slavery, freedmen and foreigners. Subsequent sessions consider Birth and Death, The Roman Family, Sexual Offences against and committed by the person, Betrothal, Marriage and Divorce and Crime.
Ancient Greek for Beginners
This course starts gently assuming no prior experience. Starting with the basics it gradually builds into a working knowledge of Ancient Greek.
Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Complete Beginners
The ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic images are mysterious and intriguing, but they are not as hard as they look to decipher! This course introduces you to the basics of this ancient Egyptian form of communication that is seen on so many artefacts on display around the world.
Grammar and Syntax - An Intensive Course
This intensive four week course teaches you how to use language, punctuation and grammar to illustrate your ideas in a way that makes them into a strong argument. There will be interactive exercises in class as well as short pieces of work to carry out as preparation for the next session. The teaching will be proactive and reactive according to each individual participant.
Latin for Beginners
No prior knowledge or experience is needed to enjoy this course is a gentle introduction to Latin. Starting with basic Latin sentence structure and grammar, leading to the study of Latin texts to gain an insight into the world of Ancient Rome and those who lived there.
Latin for Improvers - Stage 1 - ONLINE
This course builds on ‘Latin for Beginners’ and expands the working knowledge of Latin into more complex grammar and texts. We will move onto the past and future tenses and work with a range of Latin texts from which you will learn about the life of Romans, their beliefs and politics.
The Lives and Loves of Egyptian Women
In this course you will learn about the lives, loves and power of Ancient Egyptian Women. The lives of Pharaohs are well documented but what about the women behind that power? By examining the lives and loves of the women, you will learn about how the power system worked as well as the intimate details of their lives

Ten Week Courses

Developing Research Ideas
This course is made up of 10 research seminars, spread over 6 months between April and September. In these seminars, participants have the opportunity to present their research to their peers and benefit from academic discussion, suggestions and support from each other.
Love, Lust and Sex in the Ancient World
This course explores love, lust, sex and other physical and emotional relationships in Ancient Greece and Rome within the political, legal and social backgrounds of the time. The evidence from literature, art and legal documents allows a close and detailed consideration of changing moral attitudes to all aspects of love, lust, sex and other physical relationships.
Roman Values, Authority and Self
This course looks at the Roman Empire from the point of view of the Romans and those that were Romanised by them. It starts at Actium before moving onto Augustus and his rule. It then goes on to Pompeii, Ostia and other parts of the Empire such as Greece, Asia, Britain and Africa.
The Greek Novels
Greek myths and legends contain stories of gods and heroes often forming the basis of poetry, lyric or drama. The Greek Novels, however, are written in a fundamentally different way. They are in narrative prose and full of creative ideas and are as sufficiently similar to fiction that they have been categorised under this genre in modernity.

Fourteen and Sixteen Week Courses

From Myth to Tragedy
The epics, tragedy and comedy of Ancient Greece are all seeped in myth. Starting in the oral, Homeric society, tales were told around fires by travelling bards who filled the minds of listeners with
History and Context: Fact, Fable and Fabrication
This course looks at the collection of histories that come together to make up our past. There are three ways of looking at history: it can be remembered, recovered or invented. Sometimes it is a mixture of all three – but none of it means anything without context.

Translation Master Classes

Ancient Greek Translation - All Eight Sessions
Book all eight Ancient Greek Translation Master Class sessions in one go and get a 20% discount - Eight classes for £160 (full price £200). Group 1 - (17/7/20, 24/7/21, 31/7/20, 7/8/20, 14/8/20, 21/8/20, 28/8/20 and 11/9 /20) Group 2 -(3/10/20, 17/10/20, 17/10/20, 24/10/20, 31/10/20, 7/11/20, 14/11/20, 28/11/20 and 5/12/20) Group 3 - (13/3/21, 20/3/21, 27/3/21, 3/4/21, 10/4/21, 17/4/21, 8/5/21 and 22/5/21) All Classes are 9am-11am. If you have no knowledge of Ancient Greek, you are advised to do the Introduction to Ancient Greek course in advance. If you are unsure about whether your level of Greek is suitable for these classes, please email Gina on gina@ginamay.co.uk
Ancient Greek Translation Week 1 - Homer, The Iliad
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Homer, The Iliad.
Ancient Greek Translation Week 2 - Homer, The Odyssey
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Homer, The Odyssey
Ancient Greek Translation Week 3 - Herodotus, Histories
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Herodotus, Histories
Ancient Greek Translation Week 4 - Xenophon, Anabasis
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Xenophon, Anabasis
Ancient Greek Translation Week 5 - Hesiod, Works and Days (Selected Lines)
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Hesiod, Works and Days (Selected Lines).
Ancient Greek Translation Week 6 - Aristotle, Poems (Selected Lines)
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Aristotle, Poems (Selected Lines).
Ancient Greek Translation Week 7 - Pausanias, Description of Greece, Attica
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Pausanias, Description of Greece, Attica
Ancient Greek Translation Week 8 - Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War Book 1
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Ancient Greek learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War Book 1
Latin Translation - All Eight Sessions
Book all eight Latin Translation Master Class sessions in one go and get a 20% discount - Eight classes for £160 (full price £200). Group 1 - (16/7/20, 23/7/20, 30/7/20, 6/8/20, 13/8/20, 27/8/20, 3/9/20, and 10/9/20) Group 2 -(3/10/20, 17/10/20, 24/10/20, 31/10/20, 7/11/20, 14/11/20, 28/11/20 and 5/12/20) Group 3 - (13/3/21, 20/3/21, 27/3/21, 3/4/21, 10/4/21, 17/4/21, 1/5/21 and 8/5/21) All Classes for Group 1 are 4.30pm-6.30pm, and for Groups 2 and 3 11.30am-1.30pm. If you have no knowledge of Latin, you are advised to do the Introduction to Latin course in advance. If you are unsure about whether your level of Latin is suitable for these classes, please email Gina on gina@ginamay.co.uk
Latin Translation Week 1 - Tacitus Book 16 Innocent Victims
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Tacitus, Book 16 Innocent Victims
Latin Translation Week 2 - Ovid, Metamorphoses - Apollo and Daphne
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Ovid, Metamorphoses, Apollo and Daphne.
Latin Translation Week 3 - Virgil, Aeneid Book 6 - The Underworld
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Virgil, Aeneid Book 6 - The Underworld
Latin Translation Week 4 - Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Suetonius, The Twelve Caesars
Latin Translation Week 5 - Seneca, Letters From a Stoic - 12
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Seneca, Letters From a Stoic - 12
Latin Translation Week 6 - Aesop, Fables - 16, 91, and 318
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Aesop, Fables - 16, 91, and 318
Latin Translation Week 7 - Xenophon, A History of My Times - 3
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Xenophon, A History of My Times - 3
Latin Translation Week 8 - Pliny, Letters - 28 & 29
These classes are designed for intermediate-advanced level Latin learners who want to expand their skill and learn how to tackle extracts from the Latin texts that underpin the study of the ancient world - This session Pliny, Letters - 28 & 29

For more information and to book places on any of these classes or events please go to:
https://www.ginamay.co.uk/
Email events@ginamay.co.uk
or telephone Gina on 07828199547

You will need an internet connected computer with a good broadband service to be able to participate in our online courses. Please note that times quoted are in local time for the UK.