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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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The Ancient Aegean: 7000 to 500BC

For thousands of years (BC) sophisticated cultures came and went throughout Greece and the Aegean. Voyage around the mysteries and marvels of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Geometric and Archaic Greece. Explore the austere beauty of Cycladic art, the fabulous palaces and sanctuaries of the Minoans, the citadels and tombs of the Mycenaean war-lords. Illuminate the “Dark Age” and emerge into the astounding revival of art, poetry and trade that marked the Geometric and Archaic eras. SUGGESTED... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Ancient Aegean: 7000 to 500BC

<p>For thousands of years (BC) sophisticated cultures came and went throughout Greece and the Aegean. Voyage around the mysteries and marvels of Neolithic, Bronze Age, Geometric and Archaic Greece.

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Egypt: 3000 Years of History

Ideal for the traveller or Egyptophile, this course will give a broad outline of the history of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic Period to the death of Cleopatra VII. Emphasis will be given to placing Egypt’s famous monuments and individuals in an overall historical context. Students will read ancient Egyptian documents in translation and be introduced to the archaeology of Ancient Egypt. SUGGESTED READING The Eye of Horus, Gae Callender, Longman Cheshire 1993 The Oxford History... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Egypt: 3000 Years of History

<p>Ideal for the traveller or Egyptophile, this course will give a broad outline of the history of ancient Egypt from the Pre-Dynastic Period to the death of Cleopatra VII. Emphasis will be given to

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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 History of Mediterranean Archaeology

Using the collection of the Nicholson Museum as a basis, examine the historical development of archaeology in the Mediterranean over the past two centuries as it grew from collecting antiquities to display in private cabinets of curiosities, through to the modern scientifically-based discipline of today. From the rediscovery Pompeii, to the connoisseurship of Greek vases; and from Howard Carter and Tutankhamun to Agatha Christie and the Middle Eastern tells at Ur and Nimrud... [More]
$99 Limited inc GST / $89
The History of Mediterranean Archaeology

<p>Using the collection of the Nicholson Museum as a basis, examine the historical development of archaeology in the Mediterranean over the past two centuries as it grew from collecting antiquities to

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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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Ancient Israel

During the past 150 years, archaeological excavations in the Near East has brought to light the ancient civilisations of this region. In popular imagination this is dominated by the impressive monumental temples and pyramids of Egypt, the tomb of Tutankhamen, the Rosetta stone, and the winged bulls and palace reliefs from the ruined royal cities of Assyria. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Numerous sites in this region have been excavated, their artefacts studied and... [More]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
Ancient Israel

<p>During the past 150 years, archaeological excavations in the Near East has brought to light the ancient civilisations of this region. In popular imagination this is dominated by the impressive

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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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The Reign of the Roman Emperor Nero

Nero the artistic emperor of Rome is the epitome of the evil tyrant. Our sources depict a deprived and deranged ruler, who progressed from one atrocious act to another in his reign. Yet he was guided in his early years as emperor by the philosopher Seneca and the expert management of the head of the Praetorian guards, Burrus. There was a revival and a flourishing of the arts under his rule. The sources suggest that he was extremely popular with the Roman people. SUGGESTED READING... [More]
$110 Limited inc GST / $99
The Reign of the Roman Emperor Nero

<p>Nero the artistic emperor of Rome is the epitome of the evil tyrant. Our sources depict a deprived and deranged ruler, who progressed from one atrocious act to another in his reign. Yet he was

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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]
$92 Limited inc GST / $83
North Greece: From Delphi to Byzantine Glory

<p>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

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From Roman Britain to the Middle Ages

What happened when Britain ceased to be a part of the Roman Empire? Examine the transformation of Roman Britain into Anglo-Saxon England. SUGGESTED READING Pryor, Francis, BRITAIN AD, Harper Perennial, London, 2005 Heather, Peter, THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, Pan, London, 2005 Holmes, George (ed.), THE OXFORD ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF MEDIEVAL EUROPE, Oxford, 1988 James, Edward, BRITAIN IN THE FIRST MILLENIUM, Bloomsbury, London, 2001 COURSE OUTLINE How the Romans transformed Britain... [More]

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