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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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Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

In a city (Rome) built on organised violence, how do you break a cycle of civil wars that have raged for over 80 years? If you are Octavian, great nephew of Julius Caesar you win, make yourself first citizen and call yourself ‘Augustus’. Originally named Gaius Octavious Thurinus, he was great nephew of Julius Caesar and his heir in much more than mere money. Octavian went on to defeat Mark Antony in the civil war that broke out on Caesar’s assassination. From his winning position,... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Augustus: First Emperor of Rome

<p>In a city (Rome) built on organised violence, how do you break a cycle of civil wars that have raged for over 80 years? If you are Octavian, great nephew of Julius Caesar you win, make yourself

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Archaeology, Artefacts and Ancient Technology

Trace the journey of the fascinating remnants of ancient human life from their discovery in archaeological excavations to their display in museums and collections. Personally examine and analyse a wide variety of genuine ancient and quality museum replica artefacts in “hands-on” sessions. Discover how the study of archaeology and artefacts enriches our research into history – and ourselves. SUGGESTED READING Albaanese, M., Domenici, D., Ferrero, G, Maggi, S., 2010, Archaeology from... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $97
Archaeology, Artefacts and Ancient Technology

<p>Trace the journey of the fascinating remnants of ancient human life from their discovery in archaeological excavations to their display in museums and collections. Personally examine and analyse a

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A Morning in Petra

Petra – the ‘rose-red’ city cut from the living rock – is one of the most spectacular ancient cities still available for tourists to visit. Its magnificent monuments illustrate the wealth of the city from its rise from obscurity to its pivotal role in international trade in the period 150BC to 100AD. International archaeological teams are still drawn to Petra to uncover yet more of its history and culture. This session day introduces the site, its role and its monuments, placing... [More]
$88 Limited inc GST / $79
A Morning in Petra

<p>Petra – the ‘rose-red’ city cut from the living rock – is one of the most spectacular ancient cities still available for tourists to visit. Its magnificent monuments illustrate the wealth of the

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Egypt: The Amarna Period

In the late 2nd millennium BC Egypt was the most opulent country of the day, with an empire stretching from the Sudan to the Euphrates river. Although the Egyptian state and society may have seen monolithic and largely unvarying, the king Akhenaten undertook sweeping changes. He instituted religious reforms, suppressing traditional religion and elevating the god Aten to prominence, moving the capital, and enabling a flowering of the arts. Using primary textual sources, we will... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Egypt: The Amarna Period

<p>In the late 2nd millennium BC Egypt was the most opulent country of the day, with an empire stretching from the Sudan to the Euphrates river. Although the Egyptian state and society may have seen

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From Minos to Agamemnon - the World of Aegean Greece

During the course of the second millennium BCE Greece and the Aegean witnessed the rise and fall of two remarkable empires. Centred on Crete the brilliant Minoan civilisation, with its highly decorated palaces and wonderfully naturalistic art, dominated much of the Mediterranean through its mighty navy, before giving way to the powerful Mycenaean kingdoms whose imposing walled citadels and monumental tombs remain some of the most spectacular monuments of the ancient world. This... [More]
$108 Limited inc GST / $97
From Minos to Agamemnon - the World of Aegean Greece

<p>During the course of the second millennium BCE Greece and the Aegean witnessed the rise and fall of two remarkable empires. Centred on Crete the brilliant Minoan civilisation, with its highly

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Ancient Greek Philosophy

Greek philosophy from an interdisciplinary perspective: read from surviving works and understand those ideas in their historical, political, and social context. The ideas of flux and permanence, the allegory of the cave and perfect forms, ideas about the perfect constitution and virtuous citizen, are some of the enduring and influential philosophical questions we will discuss. COURSE OUTLINE Introduction and Historical Background Early Greek Philosophy – Part 1 Early Greek... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Ancient Greek Philosophy

<p>Greek philosophy from an interdisciplinary perspective: read from surviving works and understand those ideas in their historical, political, and social context. The ideas of flux and permanence,

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Turkey - The World's Largest Archaeological Site

Modern day Turkey straddles the continents of Europe and Asia. In the ancient world it was a crossroads between the cultures of Eastern and Western Europe and the territories of the Near East. As such, Turkey is littered with extraordinary archaeological sites that date from Neolithic times until the fall of the Roman Empire. In this lecture a number of Turkey’s archaeological sites will be examined along with the societies that created them. Some are famous – Ephesus, Didyma,... [More]
$72 Limited inc GST / $65
Turkey - The World's Largest Archaeological Site

<p>Modern day Turkey straddles the continents of Europe and Asia. In the ancient world it was a crossroads between the cultures of Eastern and Western Europe and the territories of the Near East. As

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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 west, becoming the dominant culture in Europe for a thousand years. In this course we will examine the roots of Celtic civilisation and... [More]