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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 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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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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Investigating the Health Status of the Ancient Egyptians

Considerable knowledge of ancient Egyptians comes from their funerary practices including the glorious Pharaonic Pyramids and numerous tombs. The outstanding iconography of Egyptian tomb decorations and sculptures that depict Kings and Queens who looked healthy and strong. What did they really look like and did they live healthy and long lives? In this course we will look below the surface of those icons and investigate how truly beautiful and healthy were the people of Egypt. We... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Investigating the Health Status of the Ancient Egyptians

Considerable knowledge of ancient Egyptians comes from their funerary practices including the glorious Pharaonic Pyramids and numerous tombs. The outstanding iconography of Egyptian tomb decorations

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The Nile River: Ancient Egypt at Luxor

One of the most interesting ways of learning about Ancient Egypt is to take a 6 day cruise down the Nile River. In part 1 of this 2 part course we begin in Luxor and explore the Karnak and Luxor temple complexes. We see how papyrus is made and visit the Valley of the Kings as well as Queen Hatshepsut’s Funerary Temple. Luxor is indeed a centre of interest for modern day explorers. SUGGESTED READING Ancient Egyptians - Anton Gill, Harper Collins 2003 Ancient Egypt - Barry Kemp, John... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Nile River: Ancient Egypt at Luxor

<p>One of the most interesting ways of learning about Ancient Egypt is to take a 6 day cruise down the Nile River. In part 1 of this 2 part course we begin in Luxor and explore the Karnak and Luxor

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Lost Worlds: Travels, Excavations, and War in Syria

Among the countries of the modern Middle East Syria is especially rich in the remains of the numerous civilizations that have left their mark over the millennia. For some thirty years John Tidmarsh has travelled throughout Syria (both as an individual and as a tour guide) as well as co-directing the Australian excavations at the remarkable Hellenistic city of Jebel Khalid on the Euphrates. Join John on his travels and excavations and also view through his eyes the tragic effects... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
Lost Worlds: Travels, Excavations, and War in Syria

Among the countries of the modern Middle East Syria is especially rich in the remains of the numerous civilizations that have left their mark over the millennia. For some thirty years John Tidmarsh

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The Nile River: Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel

In part 2 of The Nile River we continue from Luxor and sail up the Nile exploring temples dedicated to Horus at Edfu and Sobek, the crocodile god at Kom Ombo before arriving in Aswan. Aswan is a marvellous town on the Nile, and also the site of the First Cataract. He we visit a Nubian village and explore the quarry from which many obelisks were cut during ancient times. We then fly to Abu Simbel to see Ramses II’s great temples, that were moved when the Aswan High Dam was... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
The Nile River: Luxor to Aswan and Abu Simbel

<p>In part 2 of The Nile River we continue from Luxor and sail up the Nile exploring temples dedicated to Horus at Edfu and Sobek, the crocodile god at Kom Ombo before arriving in Aswan. Aswan is a

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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 two of ‘the 7 Wonders of the World’, and art works from a temple designed by the architect of the Parthenon. Hear the story of these... [More]
$82 Limited inc GST / $74
"Losing their Marbles": The Parthenon Sculptures and other British Museum Treasures - Return or Not?

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

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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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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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