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Ancient History

Although ancient history, by definition, took place in an era that may seem distant, the happenings of the ancient world established many of our modern societal customs and values, from effective sewage systems to democracy much of it started with the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. It’s easy to see why exploring history is essential to fully understanding the here and now. Are you thinking about signing up for a history class? Our classes are a great way to explore a range of subjects to find the ones you love, with no pressure and no exams. Our tutors are friendly and qualified, and our courses are open to anyone over 18 – no experience or prior skills required.

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Beyond Vesuvius

The Bay of Naples was inhabited well before the Romans. Oscans, Samnites, Etruscans and Greeks all contributed to the area’s unique history which we will trace from the Bronze Age to the present day, focusing on ancient sites. The area rewards us with unsurpassed natural beauty, an abundance of exciting archaeological wonders and a wealth of... [More]
$215 Limited / $193

<p>The Bay of Naples was inhabited well before the Romans. Oscans, Samnites, Etruscans and Greeks all contributed to the area’s unique history which we will trace from the Bronze Age to the present

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03 Nov
$215 Limited / $193

<p>The Bay of Naples was inhabited well before the Romans. Oscans, Samnites, Etruscans and Greeks all contributed to the area’s unique history which we will trace from the Bronze Age to the present

...
03 Nov

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Confronting Images Throughout History

Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination and violence of repressive and autocratic regimes. However we also see the disturbing images appear in western liberal democracies as well. The imagery... [More]
$22 Limited

<p>Powerful and disturbing images have been prominent throughout history in the ancient, mediaeval and modern worlds. Often the carefully crafted images are associated with the savage discrimination

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15 Nov

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Ancient Malta

The islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino lie almost equidistant from Europe and Africa and have been central to strategic Mediterranean trade and colonisation routes for millennia. Human occupation of the islands dates to the Neolithic Age and from the 5th-3rd millennia BC mysterious and massive stone age structures were erected. Phoenicians, Greeks... [More]

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An Archaeologist in Myanmar

This is a series of five lectures, covering two thousand years of Myanmar archaeology, history, art and religion. It looks at the development of huge walled cities that traded as far across as Rome in the early First Millennium, at the kingdom of Bagan which united all of what is now Myanmar, and at Mrauk-U, a later Buddhist kingdom, “the Venice of... [More]

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The Assyrian and Babylonian Empires

This course will look at the Neo-Assyrian and Neo-Babylonian empires of the 1st millennium BC in the ancient Near East, paying particular attention to the major political events marking the rise and fall of these empires. Students will first be introduced to the major sources that we use to reconstruct the history of these empires. Although these... [More]

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The Enigmatic Celts

Most of us associate the Celts with the countries of Ireland and Scotland. However, there was a time when the Celts ranged across Europe and into Turkey. The Galatians of the New Testament were Celts. The original ‘homeland’ of Celtic culture was central Europe – modern day Austria and Switzerland. From here, Celtic culture spread to the east and... [More]

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The Inca Empire and its Cultural Legacy

Emerged in the 14th century, the Inca Empire was the largest and greatest urban civilization in South America before the European´s arrival in the 16th century. The Incas created a vast realm along the Andes and asserted their rule using sophisticated bureaucracy, building massive administrative centres, temples and extensive roads and canal... [More]

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Ramesses II - Egypt's Last Great Pharaoh

Ramesses II is considered by many historians to be Egypt’s last truly great pharaoh. He ruled Egypt for over 60 years and there are more monuments surviving from his reign than from all other pharaohs combined. He is most notably remembered for his great victory against the Hittites at Qadesh and for the woman who was his favourite wife, Nefertari.... [More]

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