The Sacred Way: Women's Mysteries In The Ancient World

This course explores the lives of women in ancient times through their religious beliefs and rituals, many of which have survived to the present day. It examines the close association of religion with fertility and reveals that religion was often the means by which women could realize their talents and express their deepest needs, in addition to acquiring some measure of power and status in the ancient world. In the Ancient Middle East, women were considered to be more sensitive to the spiritual world but at the same time more vulnerable to evil spirits; a belief which lingers subconsciously in the Christian debates over women priests. Magic, mystery, and tragedy are interwoven in these stories of women from the Neolithic to the 1st century of the Common Era.


Course Tutor
Susanne Glover


Supplied Course Material
Course Booklet


Units & Pricing
6 units / $78 per person


Course Code for Enrolment
D199


Getting Started

  1. Start your Group: Anyone can start a Discussion Group – seek out some like-minded friends or put up a notice in your local library, bookshop or workplace. Please note a minimum of 6 people is required to start a new discussion group.
  2. Arrange the Meetings: New groups need to decide where and when to meet, and for how long – whatever best suits members' particular situations.
  3. Run your Group: Choose a secretary to liaise with WEA and your tutor, a Discussion Leader to chair meetings, a reporter to take discussion notes to send to your tutor, and maybe a librarian to look after the books.
  4. Start the Course: Contact WEA Sydney to enrol. Bookings can be made for one year, divided into two terms – Term 1 commences in February, Term 2 in July (Groups may make forward bookings for popular choices). Please indicate in what order your Group wishes to study the courses, if more than one course is booked.