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Ancient History

Although it took place in an era that may seem distant, the happenings of the ancient world set established many of our modern societal customs and values, from effective sewage systems to democracy. 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, 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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Ancient Mathematics from Babylon to Greece

Greeks inherited mathematical knowledge from ancient Egyptian and Babylonians, but they asked questions and searched for proof. From 6th century BCE to 4 century CE, starting from Thales of Miletus and Pythagoras of Samos, to Aristotle and Euclid, and finishing with Diophantus and the only known female ancient Greek mathematician Hypatia, Greeks developed mathematics into deductive systematic science, with definitions, postulates, theorems, and proofs. They developed the theory of... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Ancient Mathematics from Babylon to Greece

<p>Greeks inherited mathematical knowledge from ancient Egyptian and Babylonians, but they asked questions and searched for proof. From 6th century BCE to 4 century CE, starting from Thales of Miletus

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Enrol into Ancient Egypt and Babylonian mathematics; Ancient Greek mathematics; and Geometry Along the Way and only pay $150!

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Animals in the Ancient World

For millennia animals and birds have been our pets, workmates and even our gods. Our relationship with dogs, cats, horses and a surprising variety of other creatures is revealed by archaeology, ancient texts and artefacts from the Near East, Egypt, Greece and Rome. This course will show how the development of our interaction with companion animals revolutionised our attitudes to nature, travel, warfare, food production and family life. SUGGESTED READING Arnott, W.G., 2007, Birds in... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
Animals in the Ancient World

<p>For millennia animals and birds have been our pets, workmates and even our gods. Our relationship with dogs, cats, horses and a surprising variety of other creatures is revealed by archaeology,

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South Greece: Land of The Ancient Heroes

The great Peloponnese island is linked to mainland Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth. Travelling south from Athens opens up a realm of vivid history and heroic landscapes, for South Greece is the home of such evocative sites at Mycenae, Tiryns and Pylos (home of Homer’s great warriors); the glades of ancient Olympia and wind-swept temples of Apollo; Sparta and its rival Messene; and the Byzantine glories of Mistra. Add seaports and the wild Mani peninsula to the mix for an evocative... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
South Greece: Land of The Ancient Heroes

<p>The great Peloponnese island is linked to mainland Greece by the Isthmus of Corinth. Travelling south from Athens opens up a realm of vivid history and heroic landscapes, for South Greece is the

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The date has been changed for this class to June 1 at the tutor’s request.

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Ostia, Portus, Rome: The Ports and Markets of the River Tiber

The fate of Rome and the River Tiber were always intertwined. Rome was literally formed by the river and this relationship – one of ports, markets, bridges, religion and growing military and trading power – is the foundation of this course. Examine the archaeology of the Tiber banks of Rome herself and visit the ports of Ostia and Portus at the river’s mouth where we will explore temples, shops, baths, houses, public buildings, monuments and cemeteries in cities that were host to... [More]
$153 Limited inc GST / $138
Ostia, Portus, Rome: The Ports and Markets of the River Tiber

<p>The fate of Rome and the River Tiber were always intertwined. Rome was literally formed by the river and this relationship – one of ports, markets, bridges, religion and growing military and

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Everyday Culture in Late Byzantine Constantinopolis

A one day lecture as an introduction to a more extended session on Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul. It concentrates on the daily life of late Byzantine Constantinopolis by focusing on manners and lifestyle of its people in that era and how the reflection of their culture of living materialised in the design of daily use objects and living spaces. The influence of cultural exchanges between the Byzantine Empire and its surrounding neighbors will also be in focus as a secondary... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Everyday Culture in Late Byzantine Constantinopolis

<p>A one day lecture as an introduction to a more extended session on Byzantine and Ottoman Istanbul. It concentrates on the daily life of late Byzantine Constantinopolis by focusing on manners and

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Introduction to Celtic Languages

Celtic languages were once spoken throughout large areas of Western Europe, but have been in retreat for many centuries. Where did they come from? How are they different from other European languages? Do they still have a future? We look at their history, and examine each of the six surviving Celtic languages. SUGGESTED READING Williams, J.E.Caerwyn (translated by Patrick Ford), The Irish Literary Tradition, University of Wales Press, Caerdydd, 1992 James, S., The Atlantic Celts,... [More]
$153 Limited inc GST / $138
Introduction to Celtic Languages

<p>Celtic languages were once spoken throughout large areas of Western Europe, but have been in retreat for many centuries. Where did they come from? How are they different from other European

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This class has been changed to Wednesday – Friday instead of what is in the brohure.

Agrippina the Younger

Agrippina the Younger, though not as attractive as her mother, Agrippina the Elder was sister, wife and mother of three Julio Claudian Emperors – Caligula, Claudius and Nero. This made her one of the most influential women in Roman politics in the First Century AD. While women in Rome had no official role to play in male dominated politics, a woman of boundless ambition and a canny understanding of the men in her life could allow her hold sway over their policies and practices.... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Agrippina the Younger

<p>Agrippina the Younger, though not as attractive as her mother, Agrippina the Elder was sister, wife and mother of three Julio Claudian Emperors – Caligula, Claudius and Nero. This made her one of

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Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Children of the Sun

Examine the reign of this controversial pharaoh, including a look at the role played by his queen Nefertiti. Akhenaten began his rule of Egypt as the pharaoh Amenhotep IV. However, he had developed his own, unique religious theology, which caused him to turn his back on traditional Egyptian worship and turn to the deity he believed to be the one true god, the physical ball of the sun, Aten. Akhenaten and his wife, Nefertiti seem to have had an extraordinary partnership with... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Akhenaten and Nefertiti: Children of the Sun

<p>Examine the reign of this controversial pharaoh, including a look at the role played by his queen Nefertiti. Akhenaten began his rule of Egypt as the pharaoh Amenhotep IV. However, he had developed

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The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

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 the complex and cryptic nature of Pantañjali’s exposition. It is not designed to teach people meditation or yoga. It is a theoretical look at the concepts behind Patañjali’s... [More]
$192 Limited inc GST / $173
The Yogasūtras of Patañjali

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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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

The Panorama of Philosophy: The Greek Philosophers

Philosophy is for most of us a body of works full of difficult ideas. But intrinsically, these doctrines are schooling for thought. They rest on the belief that we are rational creatures, that reason is our defining attribute, and that this capacity helps us to understand truth and falsehood. Therefore it is possible for us to demonstrate some things “beyond reasonable doubt”, and to build coherent theories about life and the world even without knowing everything about them. We... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Panorama of Philosophy: The Greek Philosophers

<p>Philosophy is for most of us a body of works full of difficult ideas. But intrinsically, these doctrines are schooling for thought. They rest on the belief that we are rational creatures, that

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