Ancient Worlds

Choose from a range of blended learning courses. For further information on blended learning click 'What you need to know' in the left hand navigation. 

Discover the Treasures of Ancient Egypt

The treasures of ancient Egypt fill museums throughout the world. This course will enable participants to understand how those collections were established. Each lecture will focus on a different museum and key pieces and lesser-known treasures will be reviewed. Attendees will gain an appreciation of the archaeological context of the artefacts, in addition to an understanding of the objects both in art historical terms and in the history of ancient Egypt. Participants will learn to read the narrative of a gallery. 3 linked Saturdays - Saturday 7 May, Saturday 11 June & Saturday 9 July, 10am - 1pm


The Early Roman Empire: The World of the Julio-Claudians

This course explores the Roman world under its first Imperial dynasty: The House of the Julio-Claudians, starting with the reign of Augustus (Octavian), and ending with the overthrow of Nero in AD 68. We will consider the major events of each emperor’s reign, and how the lives of ordinary Romans were lived during this period, both in Italy and in the wider Empire. Through this, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the Julio-Claudians, and their importance to the history of the early Roman Empire. 5 weekly meetings from Wednesday 6 April, with Dr Joanne Ball.

The Letters of James and John

This course aims to provide participants with a close reading of the short epistles of James and John towards the end of the New Testament. James famously seems to be at odds with Paul over the question of "justification by faith". It was one reason why Martin Luther disliked it so much! Meanwhile the letters of John show how issues of heresy were emerging by the end of the first century and how one author sought to deal with the matter. 5 weekly meetings from Monday 25 April with Michael Tunnicliffe.

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Absolute Beginners

Egyptian Hieroglyphs for Absolute Beginners

This absolute beginners' course requires no prior knowledge of hieroglyphs. You will learn the classical stage of the language (Middle Egyptian), and focus on a particularly common type of inscription that can be found in museum collections across the world. By the end of this course, you will be ready to take the next step in reading Hieroglyphs with us! 6 weekly meetings from Wednesday 25 May with Dr Katherine Slinger.

Ancient Egypt on Film

From Liz Taylor’s Cleopatra to Christian Bale’s Moses, Ancient Egyptian movies are among the most popular no matter how questionable their representation of history is! This course will examine the use of Ancient Egypt in horror, comedy, animation, and epic films. We will look at the ways in which directors have chosen to represent religion, history, iconography, and values in motion pictures. In this lively course, we will watch clips, discuss themes, and examine the impact of the various directorial decisions. 10 weekly meetings from Thursday 28 April with Dr Dawn Power. We are no longer taking enrolments for this course.

Ancient Greek Reading Group

The Ancient Greek Reading Group aims at strengthening the students’ knowledge of the ancient language while prompting discussions and comparisons between the ancients and us. Students will have the chance to read and translate original texts taken from Ancient Greek Literature; they will explore different literary genres and develop an appreciation for the vocabulary and styles of the authors examined. The module builds on the students’ knowledge of the fundamental aspects of Ancient Greek language (Greek I and II). 5 meetings from Thursday 28 April with Dr Guen Taietti.

Latin III

Latin III builds on students’ basic knowledge of Latin grammar and vocabulary, and enables them to read adapted texts mainly in prose. Students will develop a reading proficiency by implementing and refining techniques to translate for accuracy, comprehension, and retention. Through learning the Latin language, students will explore Roman culture and history and its impact on modern languages and societies. This module focusses on Latin texts displaying life in Roman Britain. A basic knowledge of Latin is required to attend Latin III. 8 meetings from Wednesday 27 April with Dr Guen Taietti.