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One Year Courses
This class is for students who have a good grasp of Latin up to GCSE level. This course consists of 6 blocks of 6 weeks each from August to June. Whilst grammar is the bedrock of learning Latin, it is also important to see how it works in practice. Therefore, students on this course are taught how to recognise the nuances within the sources by considering the grammar and how to use the sources as evidence in other academic work.
Saturday Seminars and One & Two Day Conferences
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(Does not include one and two day conferences)
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.
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 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.
As Dante makes his way through Hell into Paradise, he meets numerous ancient figures such as Virgil, Ulysses, Achilles, Aesop, Agathos, Alexander the Great, Camilla, Circe and Cleopatra to name but a few. This seminar will look at some of the people mentioned by Dante including politicians, philosophers and poets to see how they are used as part of the narrative and what this can tell us about Medieval reception of the ancient world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research is a skill that can be learned and then applied to various topics. This course teaches students how to do just that. Beginning by looking at the way in which scholarship has evolved and what it has become, the course goes on to consider how to find, understand and use evidence. This is an intensive two day course. Students will be provided with a handbook and associated readings to prepare in advance.
Spend an exciting session unravelling the meaning of the inscriptions and images on Roman Coins. This online course entails looking at a range of coins from Ancient Rome and learning about the history and politics that inspired their manufacture.
Ovid’s Metamorphoses contains numerous account of sexual assault and rape of both omen and men. This course will look at the way in which some of these assaults are presented in the poem and the role they play in moving the narrative forward from a literary point of view. There will also be a discussion the call from some academics to ban the study of the Metamorphoses.
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.
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.
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.
Four and Six Week Short Courses
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.
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 looks at the lives of extraordinary women such at Atalanta who sailed to Colchis on the Argo and joined the hunt for the Calledonian Boar. Artemisia who was ignored by Xerxes when she told him not to fight the Greeks at sea but followed him into battle with five ships under her sole command. Tomyris, Queen of the Massagetae who waged war against King Cyrus of Persia and won. The list is endless.
This new and exciting course will give participants a completely new outlook on the Ancient World.
Women have always played an essential and influential role in religion. But the androcentric nature of the biblical record together with the actions of translators and scholars means that all too often, women in the scriptures have been misrepresented, misunderstood or ignored. This course will look at some of those women and bring their stories back to life.
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 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.
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Online and blended teaching and learning is fast becoming the norm in Higher Education. For students, this means adapting to a new way of working and accessing a Remote Campus instead of being in contact with academic staff and fellow students in more relaxed learning spaces.
This course will help both the first time online learner, and those who have already done some online learning, to navigate the online learning spaces and gets to grips with synchronous (in real time) and asynchronous (not in real time, often collaborative) learning.
Ten and Twelve Week Courses
More and more we are finding that the mythoi [myths] that we thought were fiction are in fact based in history. For instance, there was a golden fleece, there was a mammoth battle between the Greek and the Trojans, Odysseus did land at Sicily and raid the caves for food. The list goes on and on. This course will look at some of the ‘myths’ that are in fact ‘histories’. Using ancient written sources, archaeology and maps, we will follow the trail of the myth to find its beginnings in history.
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. All 2021 sessions run from 10am-11.30am on a Saturday and the dates are: 03/04, 01/05, 22/05, 12/06, 03/07, 10/07, 31/07, 14/08, 28/08 and 18/09.
This course tracks the development of literature from those earliest epics into the genre of Romance in the Hellenistic age. The sources that will be covered include: The Homeric Epics; The Hellenistic Epic; Apollonius and Ovid; Greek Romantic Novels and other Greek and Roman sources.
This course covers the comedies of Greece and Rome. The course begins by looking at Old Comedy in Ancient Greece through the works of Aristophanes before moving onto Middle Comedy with Menander. We then move onto New Comedy looking at Roman comedy through the works of Plautus and Terence, but will also consider the satires of Juvenal in order to consider if and how they fit into this genre.
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.
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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.