Events

Jan 2020

29Jan2020

Ancient Greek for Improvers - Stage 2 - ONLINE

From 5.30pm until 7.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Ancient Greek for Improvers - Stage 2 - ONLINE ONLY
6 weeks - £75

This course builds on the earlier 'Ancient Greek for Improvers - Stage 1'.  Over the course of six weeks, we will work through a further range of exercises which will provide a generous knowledge of the language and offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks. 'Ancient Greek for Improvers - Stage 2' will be followed by ‘Advanced Ancient Greek’.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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Feb 2020

20Feb2020

Witchcraft in the Ancient World - ONLINE

From 2:00pm until 3:30pm

At ONLINE

Witchcraft in the Ancient World ONLINE
6 weeks - £75

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.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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20Feb2020

Academic Practice - ONLINE

From 8.00pm until 9.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Academic Practice
6 weeks - £75

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. Practical skills such as the use of IT for word processing, referencing and research will be combined with the more complex issues of argument synthesis, analysis of primary evidence and written expositions. This course will help you to develop the skill of selective reading; be able to analyse the usefulness of secondary sources and the issues surrounding different translations of the texts. It will also assist with recognising the themes and genres of Classical Literature, and Ancient History, and methods of historical interpretation. It will assist participants in developing an understanding of the appropriate and diverse range of primary and secondary materials and of the appropriate methods of interpretation. The ultimate aim is for students to be able to develop the academic practice skills in order to make written expositions with structured and coherent arguments, according to accepted academic conventions. Students will be asked to complete and submit short pieces of homework each week relating to the topic of the classes which will take approximately 1 hour per week.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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22Feb2020

Myth and the Philosophers - ONLINE

From 2.00pm until 5.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Myth and the Philosophers
Saturday 22nd February 2020 2-5pm £35

This course will look at what happens when myths are exposed to an urban, leisured society, where education is possible, and the questioning that goes with it.   Myths began to look inconsistent and improbable, even downright immoral. But once they had been found wanting, what could be put in their place? That was the problem faced by thinking men in 5th century Athens. The natural critics of mythology were philosophers, and they emerged in some profusion in Greece from the 6th century, otherwise known as ‘the Greek Enlightenment’. We will look at who the first wave of philosophers were and how they looked for overall explanations of the universe. These men wanted to explain the universe in terms of a single primary substance, very much like a creation myth. They did not necessarily aim to subvert belief in the gods, but they could easily foster a view that the world could be described in material and materialistic terms and that traditional explanations offered in myth were unsatisfactory and unnecessary.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

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25Feb2020

Latin for Improvers - Stage 1 - ONLINE

From 10:00am until 11:30am

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin Improvers - Stage 1
6 weeks - £75

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.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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26Feb2020

Latin for Improvers - Stage 2 - ONLINE

From 7.15pm until 8.45pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin for Improvers - Stage 2
6 weeks - £75

This course builds on ‘Latin for Improvers - Stage 1’ and expands the working knowledge of Latin yet further into more complex grammar and texts.  We will work with a range of Latin texts from which you will learn about the life of Romans, their beliefs and politics.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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28Feb2020

Greek and Roman Comedy

From 7.00pm until 8.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Greek and Roman Comedy
16 weeks - £275

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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. As well as considering the texts themselves, there will be an examination Greek Theatre and its place in society. 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. As well as an assessment of texts, there will be an examination of Roman Theatre and its place in society. Students will consider the political and cultural influences on Greek and Roman comedy, their content, and the value of comedy as a source of political, cultural and historical evidence. The set books listed are the most economical and are all available second hand on Amazon, or from any other book retailer. The translations mentioned are not compulsory and any unabridged version, in paper or online format will be fine.

The course is delivered online in real time through our online classroom. Each class will last for one and a half hours. You will be provided with the necessary software to take part but will need a computer or tablet with a microphone and webcam. This course will require you to have installed the EZTalks Meeting client application found here: https://www.eztalks.com/download

Assessment is optional and is via an extended essay due four weeks after the end of the course. It is the mark from this essay that informs the overall classification of the course as either Pass, Merit or Distinction.

If you choose not to submit the essay, you will be awarded a certificate of completion.

 

The content of each week’s seminar is as follows:

Week 1 – An introduction to Old Comedy - Background and Backdrop

Week 2 – Aristophanes - the Tragedians and Mythic Novelty

Week 3 – Aristophanes and War - the Peace Plays

Week 4 – Aristophanes and Women - Feminist or Misogynist?

Week 5 – Aristophanes and the Philosophers - Right and Wrong Argument

Week 6 – Aristophanes’ Literary Technique - Genius or Plagiarist?

Week 7 – Reception Studies and Aristophanes - Beyond Old Comedy

Week 8 – Menander - New for Old

Week 9 – Menander - Comedy of Manners

Week 10 – From Old to New – Moving Forward whilst Looking Back

Week 11 – An introduction to Roman Comedy – Backdrop and Background

Week 12 – Plautus – Beginnings of the Musical and Relationship to Old Comedy

Week 13 – Stock characters. The ‘typical’ in Roman Comedy

Week 14 – Plautus and Terence – Love, Life and Misfortune

Week 15 – Menander, Plautus and Terence – The Funny Side of Rape

Week 16 – Horace and Juvenal – Ranting or Raving?

 

Set books:

Aristophanes, Lysistrata and Other Plays, trans. A. Sommerstien, (2003), Penguin, London

Aristophanes, Frogs and Other Plays, trans. D. Barrett, (2007), Penguin, London

Aristophanes, The Birds and Other Plays, trans. D. Barrett, (2007), Penguin, London

Horace, Complete Odes and Satires, trans. W.G. Shepherd, (2006), Penguin, London

Juvenal, Sixteen Satires, trans. P. Green, (1998), Penguin, London

Menander, Plays and Fragments, trans. N. Miller, (1987), Penguin, London

Plautus, The Pot of Gold and Other Plays, trans. E.F. Watling, (1964), Penguin, London

Plautus, The Rope and Other Plays, trans. E.F. Watling, (1964), Penguin, London

Terence, The Comedies, trans. B. Radice, (1976), Penguin, London

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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Mar 2020

04Mar2020

Academic Practice - ONLINE

From 12.00pm until 1.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Academic Practice
6 weeks - £75

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. Practical skills such as the use of IT for word processing, referencing and research will be combined with the more complex issues of argument synthesis, analysis of primary evidence and written expositions. This course will help you to develop the skill of selective reading; be able to analyse the usefulness of secondary sources and the issues surrounding different translations of the texts. It will also assist with recognising the themes and genres of Classical Literature, and Ancient History, and methods of historical interpretation. It will assist participants in developing an understanding of the appropriate and diverse range of primary and secondary materials and of the appropriate methods of interpretation. The ultimate aim is for students to be able to develop the academic practice skills in order to make written expositions with structured and coherent arguments, according to accepted academic conventions. Students will be asked to complete and submit short pieces of homework each week relating to the topic of the classes which will take approximately 1 hour per week.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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04Mar2020

Art Appreciation - Surrealism

From 9:30pm until 11:00pm

At Westgate-on-Sea

Art Appreciation - Surrealism
6 weeks - £75

No prior knowledge or experience is needed to enjoy this gentle introduction to art history. This course considers surrealism and will help you see the great works of art, its artists and their models, in new ways.   Images are displayed on a large screen for discussion and colour handouts are included. Later courses will look at a range of art and artists from the 13th to the 21st century.

For more information and to book onto future presentations please go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

 

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21Mar2020

Roman Funerary Practice and working with Inscriptions - ONLINE

From 2.00pm until 5.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Roman Funerary Practice and working with Inscriptions
Saturday 21st March 2020 2-5pm £35

The term funus is used to cover everything that happened from the hour of death until the last post-burial rites. These practices were influenced by the notion of pollution and so the living had to carry out acts of purification. 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. Using ancient sources such as Virgil, Ovid and Pliny, we will look at the importance of funerary customs and what they tell us about dying in Rome. The second part of the course will look at how to work with inscriptions on tombstones and what they tell us about men, women and children’s deaths and the way in which they were mourned.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

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Apr 2020

14Apr2020

Latin for Improvers - Stage 2 - ONLINE

From 10.00am until 11.30am

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin for Improvers - Stage 2
6 weeks - £75

This course builds on ‘Latin for Improvers - Stage 1’ and expands the working knowledge of Latin yet further into more complex grammar and texts.  We will work with a range of Latin texts from which you will learn about the life of Romans, their beliefs and politics.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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14Apr2020

Latin for Improvers - Stage 2 - ONLINE

From 7.00pm until 8.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin for Improvers - Stage 2
6 weeks - £75

This course builds on ‘Latin for Improvers - Stage 1’ and expands the working knowledge of Latin yet further into more complex grammar and texts.  We will work with a range of Latin texts from which you will learn about the life of Romans, their beliefs and politics.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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18Apr2020

Metamorphoses, Animal Myths and Trickster Mythology - ONLINE

From 2.00pm until 5.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Metamorphoses, Animal Myths and Trickster Mythology
Saturday 18th April 2020 2-5pm £35

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. This takes us to the theme of the trickster as underdog, and we spend some time on the character of Odysseus. We then turn to the rich mythical references in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and look at the many cases of young women changing into trees or birds, pirates into dolphins, rulers into stars and the like. The questions we ask of this text is why the Greeks created so many myths of this type, why they were popular with Classical authors and what kind of view of the natural and supernatural world is implied in them.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

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May 2020

23May2020

The Kindness of Strangers - ONLINE

From 2.00pm until 5.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

The Kindness of Strangers
Saturday 23rd May 2020 2-5pm £35

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 question of law and punishment for killing a child will also be considered from the Egyptian’s abhorrence at such an act, through the Greek and Roman worlds into England in the 17th century and the draconian law that tried to stop mothers passing off murdered newborns as stillbirths by punishing any woman who gave birth without a witness and couldn’t produce a living child. This illuminative course offers a new look at attitudes to childhood, the nature of the family, property and the nature of birth control from the ancient into the modern world.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

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Jul 2020

01Jul2020

Ancient Greek for Beginners - ONLINE

From 6.00pm until 7.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Ancient Greek for Beginners - ONLINE ONLY
6 weeks - £75

This course starts gently assuming no prior experience.  Starting with the basics it gradually  builds into a working knowledge of Ancient Greek.  Over the course of six weeks, we will work through a range of exercises which will provide a generous knowledge of the language and offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks. Ancient Greek for beginners will be followed by ‘Improvers Greek’.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

The recommended book to support your learning is - "Athenaze: Student's Book Bk.1" by Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall

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02Jul2020

Latin for Beginners - ONLINE

From 6:00pm until 7:30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin for Beginners - ONLINE
6 weeks - £75

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 will be supplemented by Improvers Latin.

For more information and to book onto the next presentation of this course please go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

 

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Aug 2020

18Aug2020

Latin for Beginners - ONLINE

From 6:30pm until 8.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin for Beginners - ONLINE
6 weeks - £75

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 will be supplemented by Improvers Latin.

For more information and to book onto the next presentation of this course please go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

 

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19Aug2020

Ancient Greek for Beginners - ONLINE

From 9.00am until 10.30am

At ONLINE ONLY

Ancient Greek for Beginners - ONLINE ONLY
6 weeks - £75

This course starts gently assuming no prior experience.  Starting with the basics it gradually  builds into a working knowledge of Ancient Greek.  Over the course of six weeks, we will work through a range of exercises which will provide a generous knowledge of the language and offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks. Ancient Greek for beginners will be followed by ‘Improvers Greek’.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

The recommended book to support your learning is - "Athenaze: Student's Book Bk.1" by Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall

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19Aug2020

Latin for Beginners - ONLINE

From 11.00am until 12.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin for Beginners - ONLINE
6 weeks - £75

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 will be supplemented by Improvers Latin.

For more information and to book onto the next presentation of this course please go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

 

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19Aug2020

Academic Practice - ONLINE

From 1.00pm until 2.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Academic Practice
6 weeks - £75

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. Practical skills such as the use of IT for word processing, referencing and research will be combined with the more complex issues of argument synthesis, analysis of primary evidence and written expositions. This course will help you to develop the skill of selective reading; be able to analyse the usefulness of secondary sources and the issues surrounding different translations of the texts. It will also assist with recognising the themes and genres of Classical Literature, and Ancient History, and methods of historical interpretation. It will assist participants in developing an understanding of the appropriate and diverse range of primary and secondary materials and of the appropriate methods of interpretation. The ultimate aim is for students to be able to develop the academic practice skills in order to make written expositions with structured and coherent arguments, according to accepted academic conventions. Students will be asked to complete and submit short pieces of homework each week relating to the topic of the classes which will take approximately 1 hour per week.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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19Aug2020

Academic Practice - ONLINE

From 6.30pm until 8.00pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Academic Practice
6 weeks - £75

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. Practical skills such as the use of IT for word processing, referencing and research will be combined with the more complex issues of argument synthesis, analysis of primary evidence and written expositions. This course will help you to develop the skill of selective reading; be able to analyse the usefulness of secondary sources and the issues surrounding different translations of the texts. It will also assist with recognising the themes and genres of Classical Literature, and Ancient History, and methods of historical interpretation. It will assist participants in developing an understanding of the appropriate and diverse range of primary and secondary materials and of the appropriate methods of interpretation. The ultimate aim is for students to be able to develop the academic practice skills in order to make written expositions with structured and coherent arguments, according to accepted academic conventions. Students will be asked to complete and submit short pieces of homework each week relating to the topic of the classes which will take approximately 1 hour per week.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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19Aug2020

Ancient Greek for Beginners - ONLINE

From 8.00pm until 9.30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Ancient Greek for Beginners - ONLINE ONLY
6 weeks - £75

This course starts gently assuming no prior experience.  Starting with the basics it gradually  builds into a working knowledge of Ancient Greek.  Over the course of six weeks, we will work through a range of exercises which will provide a generous knowledge of the language and offer a glimpse into the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks. Ancient Greek for beginners will be followed by ‘Improvers Greek’.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, call Gina on 07828199547

The recommended book to support your learning is - "Athenaze: Student's Book Bk.1" by Maurice Balme and Gilbert Lawall

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Sep 2020

03Sep2020

Latin for Improvers - Stage 1 - ONLINE

From 6:00pm until 7:30pm

At ONLINE ONLY

Latin Improvers - Stage 1
6 weeks - £75

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.

For more information and to book go to: www.ginamay.co.uk/tickets, email events@ginamay.co.uk, or call Gina on 07828199547

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