Ancient Worlds

Moving on with Coptic

For those who have taken the Introduction to Coptic course, or have a basic knowledge of Coptic, in this course you can build your reading ability with more complex grammatical structures. We will consolidate our knowledge with a range of fascinating Coptic texts that comment on early Christianity in Egypt. With Rachel Cornwell, 5 weeks from Monday 1 February, 6-8pm.

Ancient Egyptian Voices: Reading Hieroglyphs—Khusobek's Inscription

Put your hieroglyphic knowledge into practice as you are guided through the autobiographical inscription of Khusobek, a Middle Kingdom official who describes how he took part in a military campaign into Syria. This course is particularly suited to those who have a basic knowledge of hieroglyphs (preferably our beginner’s hieroglyphs course). With Tony Ferrol, 4 weeks from Wednesday 3 March, 6-8pm.

Ancient Egyptian Voices: Reading Hieroglyphs—Montuwoser's Inscription

Put your hieroglyphic knowledge into practice as you are guided through the autobiographical inscription of Montuwoser, a Middle Kingdom official who describes his good deeds in life in order to demonstrate his worthiness to access the Egyptian afterlife. This course is particularly suited to those who have a basic knowledge of hieroglyphs (preferably our beginner’s hieroglyphs course). With Dr Kath Slinger, 4 weeks from Wednesday 3 February, 6-8pm.

Wondrous Kush: Introduction to Nubian History and Archaeology

Known to the Egyptians as ‘Wretched Kush’, Nubia has often been side-lined for its more famous neighbour. This course presents an introduction to Nubian history (c.3000BC to c.AD400) from the Nubian perspective, showing how Nubia left as much of an impact along the Nile Valley as Egypt, something that is now only starting to be fully understood and appreciated. With Dr Juliet Spedding, 8 weeks from Thursday 4 February, 10.30am-12.30pm.

Reading the New Testament: 1 Corinthians

The church at Corinth proved to be the most troublesome of all those founded by the Apostle Paul and his relationship with is reflected in his letters to them. In 1 Corinthians we see him dealing with a range of particular issues that disturbed the church. So Paul the pastor emerges vividly from this correspondence. This course examines the meaning of the text both in its original context and for today. With Michael Tunnicliffe, 10 weeks from Monday 11 January, 1.30-3.30pm. We are no longer taking enrolments for this course.

Aristocrats, artists and archaeologists: the 'Grand Tour' in Eighteenth Century Europe

The ‘Grand Tour’ to Europe, particularly Italy, became a feature of aristocratic life in Britain during the 18th century. Follow in the footsteps of the ‘tourists’ and discover the origins and development of the ‘Grand Tour’, those they encountered in Italy, and how the ‘Grand Tour’ fostered the development of collections of classical antiquities. With Dr Georgina Muskett, 3 weeks from Wednesday 10 February, 10.30am-12.30pm.

Art in Context: The Treasures of Ancient Egypt

The artists of ancient Egypt produced some of the most iconic objects from antiquity. This course will chart the evolution of style and design through time, from the Predynastic (4000BC) to the Greco-Roman period (394BC). The influence of foreign cultures will be considered, in addition to the techniques and materials employed. With Dr Joanne Backhouse, 8 weeks from Wednesday 3 February, 10am-12.30pm.

Rome and its Enemies: Decline

In the second century the Roman Empire reached its fullest extent under the “5 good Emperors”. But by the third century the rot had set in and the empire barely managed to survive. Eventually stability was restored under Diocletian, though the empire was divided into four parts under the Tetrarchy. This course explores the reasons why the empire reached its limits and the pressures it faced in these turbulent years. With Michael Tunnicliffe, 10 weeks from Monday 11 January, 10am-12pm. We are no longer taking enrolments for this course.