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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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Magic and Witchcraft in the Ancient World

Curses, potions, poisons, love charms, medicine, transfiguration, divination, oracles and necromancy – step into the world of ancient magic and meet witches, sorcerers, demons and ghosts. Discover the origins of some of humankind’s deepest fears and superstitions in a world where magic was a real and immediate fact of life. SUGGESTED READING Ankarloo, B., and Clark, S., 1999, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome, Pennsylvania Faraone, C.A. and Obbink, D., Eds.,... [More]
$153 Limited inc GST / $138
Magic and Witchcraft in the Ancient World

<p>Curses, potions, poisons, love charms, medicine, transfiguration, divination, oracles and necromancy – step into the world of ancient magic and meet witches, sorcerers, demons and ghosts. Discover

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North Greece: From Delphi to Byzantine Glory

Most travellers to Greece are drawn to the islands after a compulsory stop in Athens. Yet a different world of treasures awaits those who venture north of Athens – sites in Macedonia that relate to Philip and Alexander; the glories of Byzantine art and architecture at Meteora and Thessalonika, isolated classical theatres, Roman remains, and the mystical site of Delphi, home of the Oracle of Apollo. Add in wild and mountainous countryside, and glimpses of Ottoman rule, to complete... [More]

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The March of the 10,000

In 401BCE Cyrus sought to overthrow his brother Artaxerxes the ruler of Persia. To this end he hired 11,000 Greek troops to bolster his Asiatic army of 100,000. The armies met at the battle of Cunaxa near Babylon in 401BCE, but Cyrus was killed and his army disintegrated. The Greek contingent refused to surrender and despite the loss of their leaders to Persian treachery, they elected new leaders including Xenophon. So began one of the great marches of history as the Greeks marched... [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
The March of the 10,000

<p>In 401BCE Cyrus sought to overthrow his brother Artaxerxes the ruler of Persia. To this end he hired 11,000 Greek troops to bolster his Asiatic army of 100,000. The armies met at the battle of

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Aristotle: Ancient Wisdom

Aristotle was the polymath of the Ancient world he wrote on: ethics, politics, mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, anatomy, biology, cosmology, poetry, drama, rhetoric. The enduring nature of his profound thought and fundamental insights into ethics, politic and the arts makes his philosophy as relevant now as it has been throughout Western history. We will do an in-depth study of all of his major works and apply many of his ideas to contemporary life. Also in the course I will... [More]
$270 Limited inc GST / $243
Aristotle: Ancient Wisdom

<p>Aristotle was the polymath of the Ancient world he wrote on: ethics, politics, mathematics, logic, natural philosophy, anatomy, biology, cosmology, poetry, drama, rhetoric. The enduring nature of

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The Phoenicians

Follow in the wake of the fabulous Phoenicians. From their Syro-Palestinian homelands these intrepid sea-farers circled the Mediterranean – and beyond, trading in goods of exquisite luxury and beauty. They founded cities and emporiums that were the envy of ancient Greece and Rome. Their religious practices still shock and mystify. Their alphabet was the foundation of western literature. Set sail with an exotic and precious cargo bound for Cyprus, North Africa, Italy, Spain – and... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
The Phoenicians

<p>Follow in the wake of the fabulous Phoenicians. From their Syro-Palestinian homelands these intrepid sea-farers circled the Mediterranean – and beyond, trading in goods of exquisite luxury and

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Walking with the Roman Legions: Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian was a new type of emperor. He was interested in all of his empire, and particularly in the provinces. One of the most travelled of emperors, he delineated the empire with walls. We examine his rule, his most famous wall and his travels. We join the Roman legionaries as they patrol along a section of Hadrian’s Wall in England, from Newcastle to Banks. SUGGESTED READING Mark Richards, Hadrian’s Wall Walking Guide, (Cicerone, 2006) Alistair Moffat, The Wall, Rome’s Greatest... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Walking with the Roman Legions: Hadrian's Wall

<p>Hadrian was a new type of emperor. He was interested in all of his empire, and particularly in the provinces. One of the most travelled of emperors, he delineated the empire with walls. We examine

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Ancient Mathematics from Egypt to Babylon

By studying ancient mathematical artefacts, such as Rhind papyrus, we will see the ancient system of counting, arithmetic operations and geometry. Egyptians started with measuring parts of land flooded by river Nile. Babylonians, writing with wooden sticks on clay tablets, developed a complicated hexadecimal numeral system which allowed them to perform addition, multiplication and division. They solved systems of algebraic equations, knew what later was named the Pythagoras... [More]
$75 Limited inc GST / $68
Ancient Mathematics from Egypt to Babylon

<p>By studying ancient mathematical artefacts, such as Rhind papyrus, we will see the ancient system of counting, arithmetic operations and geometry. Egyptians started with measuring parts of land

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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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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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