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Saturday Seminars and Single Session Tutorials
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.
This seminar looks at the women who have been the agent of men becoming heroes. For instance: Jason becomes a hero by means of Medea getting him the fleece. Theseus becomes a hero by means of Ariadne helping him to beat the Minotaur. This seminar tells the stories of some of the Dative Women without whom much of the Greek mythical/historical record would not exist.
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.
This Saturday 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 Lesbia 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.
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’. Please note that unlike other seminars, this presentation of Latin Love Elegy is on a Tuesday.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
In order to use an Ancient Greek or Latin source as evidence, it is vital to have a grasp of the original language. But what happens if you have never studied these languages? The best and most effective long-term action is to learn the language but, using dictionaries can be a useful second best. This seminar teaches how to navigate Ancient Greek and Latin primary source texts by using online and paper dictionaries in order to gain an understanding of how translations can be different but at the same time accurate.
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
This intensive 4 week programme is designed for those who wish to take their academic writing to the advanced standard required at Masters' level. Practical sessions on scholarly writing will include syntax, synthesis, and style. Research methods, close reading of written and material evidence, methodologies and using theory is also included. Candidates’ level of grammar and punctuation will be individually reviewed.
Starting with the basics this course gradually builds into a working knowledge of Ancient Greek. This course assumes no prior experience. Please see further course details for the recommended course book.
This course is made up of 8 research seminars, spread over 12 months between October 2022 and September 2023. Each seminar will cover particular aspects of the skills required for scholarly research and writing at postgraduate level and beyond. As well as support and guidance from the seminar leader, there will be a peer mentoring scheme in which participants support each other, with additional group mentoring from scholars who themselves have experience of researching and writing extended assignments. To ensure that each participant is able to get the very best from the course, places are limited.
This course builds on ‘Latin for Beginners’ and expands the working knowledge of Latin into more complex grammar and texts. Starting with the passive and subjective tenses, picking up at the beginning of Taylor's GCSE Latin II.
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.
This fascinating course begins by delving into the past to uncover the secret world of the occult in Ancient Greece and Rome. Actual magic practices such as curse tablets, binding spells, divination and astrology are analysed. In addition, we will look at the fantasy world of witchcraft in literature with a comparison to fairy tales and material from the age of the witch hunts.
Ten and Twelve Week Courses
This 12 week course looks a range of Greek
tragedies, carrying out a close reading of the extant plays and
considers what else the poet presented in the competition by examining
the fragments. As well as looking at Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
we will look at some of the lesser known tragedians such as Phrynichus
and Achaeus of Eretria.
This course is split into two six week terms: Term 1 - 06/09/22-11/10/22 inclusive and Term 2 - 01/11/22-06/12/22)
This twelve week 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.
This course is split into two six week terms: Term 1 - 28/04/23-02/06/23 inclusive and Term 2 - 23/06/23-28/07/23)
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.
This course is split into two five week terms: Term 1 - 13/01/23-10/02/23 inclusive and Term 2 - 03/03/23-31/03/23)
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. This course is split into two five week terms: Term 1 - 16/09/22-14/10/22 inclusive and Term 2 - 04/11/22-02/12/22)
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.
This course is split into two five week terms: Term 1 - 10/01/23-07/02/23 inclusive and Term 2 - 28/02/22-28/03/23)
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