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Ancient History

Although ancient history, by definition, took place in an era that may seem distant, the happenings of the ancient world established many of our modern societal customs and values, from effective sewage systems to democracy much of it started with the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. 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 and 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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Ramesses II - Egypt's Last Great Pharaoh

Ramesses II is considered by many historians to be Egypt’s last truly great pharaoh. He ruled Egypt for over 60 years and there are more monuments surviving from his reign than from all other pharaohs combined. He is most notably remembered for his great victory against the Hittites at Qadesh and for the woman who was his favourite wife, Nefertari.... [More]
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<p>Ramesses II is considered by many historians to be Egypt’s last truly great pharaoh. He ruled Egypt for over 60 years and there are more monuments surviving from his reign than from all other

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07 Dec

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Just How Great Was Alexander?

It seems that the first person to publicly name Alexander III of Macedeon the Great was a third century BC Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. There is no doubting that the reference reflected Alexander’s extraordinary military and diplomatic skills. By the age of 33 he had amassed the largest empire the world had ever known. He carved a swathe... [More]
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<p>It seems that the first person to publicly name Alexander III of Macedeon the Great was a third century BC Roman playwright Titus Maccius Plautus. There is no doubting that the reference reflected

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11 Jan

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Origins of Stone Age Peoples: Neanderthals & Homo heidelbergensis

The precursors of modern man (Homo sapiens) are scientifically known as Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis. But why are Stone Age peoples named after a German city on the Neckar River and a valley near Düsseldorf in the Rhineland? Were our ancestors actually of Germanic origin? What is the story behind these names? This free taster will... [More]
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<p>The precursors of modern man (Homo sapiens) are scientifically known as Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis. But why are Stone Age peoples named after a German city on the Neckar River

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24 Jan
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<p>The precursors of modern man (Homo sapiens) are scientifically known as Homo heidelbergensis and Homo neanderthalensis. But why are Stone Age peoples named after a German city on the Neckar River

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24 Jan

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

By the 4th century BC, Rome was ready to spread her sails and accumulate her empire. Proper ports needed to be established at the mouth of the River Tiber – first at Ostia and later, to accommodate the growing needs of the city, at Portus. These areas contained temples, shops, baths, houses, public buildings, monuments and necropolis and were host... [More]
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<p>By the 4th century BC, Rome was ready to spread her sails and accumulate her empire. Proper ports needed to be established at the mouth of the River Tiber – first at Ostia and later, to accommodate

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31 Jan

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Elite Tombs of Ancient Egypt: Exploring the Tombs of the Pharaohs Servants

The Royal tombs of the Pharaohs of Egypt (Seti I, Ramses II, and Tutankhamun) are very well known and widely promoted in multimedia. However, there are dozens of wonderful tombs of the many and varied nobles, officials and master craftsmen who served the rulers of ancient Egypt. These often spectacular and beautifully decorated tombs depict scenes... [More]
$39 Limited

<p>The Royal tombs of the Pharaohs of Egypt (Seti I, Ramses II, and Tutankhamun) are very well known and widely promoted in multimedia. However, there are dozens of wonderful tombs of the many and

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17 Feb
$39 Limited

<p>The Royal tombs of the Pharaohs of Egypt (Seti I, Ramses II, and Tutankhamun) are very well known and widely promoted in multimedia. However, there are dozens of wonderful tombs of the many and

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17 Feb

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Mathematics in the Ancient World

Ancient Babylonians, writing with wooden sticks on clay, developed a complicated sexagesimal numeral system which allowed them to perform addition, multiplication and division. Ancient Egyptians operated with fractions, knew geometric series and the “Egyptian triangle” that later became known as Pythagoras theorem. Ancient Greeks inherited... [More]
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<p>Ancient Babylonians, writing with wooden sticks on clay, developed a complicated sexagesimal numeral system which allowed them to perform addition, multiplication and division. Ancient Egyptians

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17 Feb

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The Iliad and The Odyssey

We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and cultural impact created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. We will investigate the historical origins of the stories and the way the texts have been passed down to us from ancient times, with an opportunity to assess... [More]
$81 Limited / $73

<p>We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and cultural impact created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. We

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27 Feb
$81 Limited / $73

<p>We are the heirs to the greatest works of literature but how well do we know these great epics? Discover the history and cultural impact created around the The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. We

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05 Mar

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Unique Roman Churches

The earliest direct references to Christians in Rome from biblical and non-biblical sources come from authors writing only a few decades after the death of Jesus. The first churches of Rome were constructed during the reign of Constantine (reign 306-337), but before that gatherings were held in private homes. By the 4th century pagan temples were... [More]
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<p>The earliest direct references to Christians in Rome from biblical and non-biblical sources come from authors writing only a few decades after the death of Jesus. The first churches of Rome were

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28 Feb

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The Exodus

The Exodus of the Israelites from ancient Egypt to the ‘Promised Land’ is one of the most famous stories of the Old Testament. It is a story that is played out against the world of the pharaohs, involving escape from servitude and the attainment of freedom. This course investigates what the Old Testament says about the Exodus in the context of the... [More]
$67 Limited

<p>The Exodus of the Israelites from ancient Egypt to the ‘Promised Land’ is one of the most famous stories of the Old Testament. It is a story that is played out against the world of the pharaohs,

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12 Mar

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Beyond Vesuvius

The Bay of Naples was inhabited well before the Romans. Oscans, Samnites, Etruscans and Greeks all contributed to the area’s unique history which we will trace from the Bronze Age to the present day, focusing on ancient sites. The area rewards us with unsurpassed natural beauty, an abundance of exciting archaeological wonders and a wealth of... [More]

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