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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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Rome: From Italy to Empire

By 275 BC, Rome had conquered the states of Italy and was poised to take on the north African state of Carthage for dominance in the Mediterranean. Rome would go on to face down one of history’s greatest generals, Hannibal. The development of Rome’s empire had enormous implications for her republican political system. By 44 BC, the Roman Republic... [More]
$232 Limited / $209

<p>By 275 BC, Rome had conquered the states of Italy and was poised to take on the north African state of Carthage for dominance in the Mediterranean. Rome would go on to face down one of history’s

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17 Oct

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Ancient Mesopotamia - Age of Empires

Mesopotamia was the cradle for one of the world’s great ancient civilizations, that of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. Based in the fertile plain created by the meandering Euphrates and Tigris rivers, this civilization flourished for three millennia, its greatest cities – Babylon and Nineveh – even today conjuring up visions of wealth and... [More]
$92 Limited / $83

<p>Mesopotamia was the cradle for one of the world’s great ancient civilizations, that of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Assyrians. Based in the fertile plain created by the meandering Euphrates and

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26 Oct

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Split & The Palace of the Emperor Diocletian

After ruling the Roman Empire for twenty years the Emperor Diocletian retired in AD 305 to the sprawling retirement village that he had built for himself on the beautiful Dalmatian coast. Today Diocletian’s opulent palace houses not an emperor and his retinue but most of the inhabitants of the Croatian town of Split. Annually they are joined the... [More]
$38 Limited

<p>After ruling the Roman Empire for twenty years the Emperor Diocletian retired in AD 305 to the sprawling retirement village that he had built for himself on the beautiful Dalmatian coast. Today

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29 Oct

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Lost in the Labyrinth

Follow the trail of the amazing labyrinth – a path leading back to 3000BC. Invoking the myths of Theseus and the Minotaur in Bronze Age Crete, the mysterious maze has travelled as far east as India and as far west as the Americas. Ancient sources and archaeologists describe them variously as deathly traps, the loci for fertility rites, plans of... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>Follow the trail of the amazing labyrinth – a path leading back to 3000BC. Invoking the myths of Theseus and the Minotaur in Bronze Age Crete, the mysterious maze has travelled as far east as India

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01 Nov

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The Yogasūtras of Patañjali Continued

The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, Yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a fascinating philosophy that involves both Hindu and Buddhist thought. The course will guide the students through Part 2 of Pantañjali’s exposition. Part 1... [More]
$192 Limited / $173

<p>The Yogasūtras of Patañjali written in Sanskrit, is the oldest exposition of a meditative practice from Ancient India. Unlike its modern meaning, Yoga meant meditation. Behind this practice is a

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05 Nov

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The Nile: Cairo and the Pyramids

The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built. We visit Giza, and then travel through Cairo, Memphis, Saqqara, meeting Whirling Dervishes and examining the Egyptian Museum. SUGGESTED READING Ancient Egyptians, Anton Gill, Harper... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

<p>The most famous Egyptian pyramids are those found at Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo. Several of the Giza pyramids are counted among the largest structures ever built. We visit Giza, and then

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23 Nov

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Art After Alexander: The Triumph of Hellenism

After the death of Alexander the Great it was not only the political life of the Mediterranean which changed dramatically. This flamboyant, violent and romantic conqueror, and the general kings who followed in his wake, left an indelible imprint on the artistic world. The Hellenistic Age had begun with a bang – the arts were suddenly more alive... [More]
$110 Limited / $99

<p>After the death of Alexander the Great it was not only the political life of the Mediterranean which changed dramatically. This flamboyant, violent and romantic conqueror, and the general kings who

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29 Nov

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The Ancient World of Jesus Christ

In this engaging 3 hour course, Dr Daryn Graham presents to students the Roman world in which Jesus was born. It’s a story of empires and espionage, as entertaining as any novel.... [More]
$75 Limited / $68

In this engaging 3 hour course, Dr Daryn Graham presents to students the Roman world in which Jesus was born. It’s a story of empires and espionage, as entertaining as any novel.

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07 Dec

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"Losing their Marbles": The Parthenon Sculptures and other British Museum Treasures - Return or Not?

The Elgin Marbles, taken from the Temple of Athena Parthenos in Athens, are back in the news, with the Greek President in a series of recent speeches demanding that they be returned from London’s British Museum to their ‘home’ in Athens. But the British Museum has other classical treasures they also gained in the 19th century, including remains of... [More]
$82 Limited / $74

<p>The Elgin Marbles, taken from the Temple of Athena Parthenos in Athens, are back in the news, with the Greek President in a series of recent speeches demanding that they be returned from London’s

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12 Oct
Please note that this class has been moved to Saturday 12 October as advised by tutor.

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