Ancient Worlds

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Deir el-Medina: The Artisans' Village (Part 1)

Deir el-Medina: The Artisans' Village (Part 1)

The settlement, on the west bank of Thebes, housed the artisans and stonemasons who created the royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings. The site provides one of the best archaeological records from the ancient world, including remains of houses, objects of daily life, administrative documents, personal letters, in addition to tombs and funerary goods. This day school will provide an overview of the structure of work and the home, including layout of the houses, painted decoration, and furniture. This course will develop participants' knowledge of settlement archaeology and aspects of social life in New Kingdom Egypt. Saturday 29 January with Dr Joanne Backhouse.

Deir el-Medina: The Artisans' Village (Part 2)

Deir el-Medina: The Artisans' Village (Part 2)

The settlement, on the west bank of Thebes, housed the artisans and stonemasons who created the royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings. The site provides one of the best archaeological records from the ancient world, including remains of houses, objects of daily life, administrative documents, personal letters, in addition to tombs and funerary goods. This day school will provide participants with a detailed analysis of two tombs from the site. This course will develop participants' knowledge of the religious beliefs of the residents and the artistic practices and style of New Kingdom Egypt. Saturday 26 February with Dr Joanne Backhouse.

Deir el-Medina: The Artisans' Village (Part 3)

Deir el-Medina: The Artisans' Village (Part 3)

The settlement, on the west bank of Thebes, housed the artisans and stonemasons who created the royal tombs at the Valley of the Kings. The site provides one of the best archaeological records from the ancient world, including remains of houses, objects of daily life, administrative documents, personal letters, in addition to tombs and funerary goods. This day school will provide participants with a detailed analysis of worship inside and outside the home. This will include the veneration of ancestors, gods, and deified pharaohs. This course will develop participants' knowledge of religious practice in New Kingdom Egypt. Saturday 26 March Dr Joanne Backhouse.

Women in the Roman World

Women in the Roman World

This course provides an overview of the lives of women in the Roman Empire, a societal group whose voices are often under-represented in the study of the ancient world, by reconstructing their lives and experiences through the historical and archaeological record. We will consider and contrast the lives of different female groups in the Empire, from wealthy women to poorer, and from women in Rome and Italy to their counterparts in the provinces, drawing the evidence together to gain insight into what life was like as a woman in the Roman world. 5 weekly sessions with Dr Joanne Ball

2 Corinthians & Philippians

2 Corinthians & Philippians

This course aims to provide participants with a close reading of 2 Corinthians and Philippians both written to communities in Greece. Corinth in the South was perhaps the most troublesome of all Paul’s churches. In contrast his relationship with Philippi was mostly a happy one. The contrasts between the two letters provides insight into the character and developing theology of St Paul.

Greek II

Greek II

Greek II provides students with knowledge of some of the most common features of Classical Greek grammar. The course enables students to gain an understanding of an ancient language and to develop their linguistic skills and critical thinking in English. Students will be reading adapted texts from Classical authors, will start appreciating Greek literature, and will get acquainted with some important traits of Greek culture and society. 8 weekly meetings from Thursday 3 February with Guendalina Taietti.

Latin II

Latin II

Latin II 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. 8 weekly meetings from Wednesday 2 February with Guendalina Taietti.

Ancient Artefacts: Bringing Museums to you

Ancient Artefacts: Bringing Museums to you

Do you miss strolling around museums and gazing on objects made by ancient cultures? This course will bring the museum experience to you! Dr Spedding is a trained archaeo-scientist who will use 3D computer generated images to introduce you to a range of artefacts in museums around the world. She'll explain how they can tell us about ancient trade, ideas, and people. 10 meetings from Tuesday 1 February with Dr Juliet Spedding.

Wondrous Kush: Introduction to Nubian History and Archaeology

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.3000BCE to c.400CE) 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. This course will give students the opportunity to get closer to one of the great kingdoms of Africa. 8 weekly meetings from Thursday 3 February with Dr Juliet Spedding.

Ancient Egyptian Literature: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant

Ancient Egyptian Literature: The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant

This course will enable participants to study a famous piece of Middle Kingdom Egyptian Literature, ‘The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant’. This classic tale is about a clever peasant who was robbed, spoke eloquent protests against his treatment, and got his goods back as a result. We will be studying extracts from the text itself using a transcription of the original hieroglyphs. As we read the text participants will develop skills in identifying several common grammatical forms and learn how to transliterate and translate a narrative text. This will enable us to understand how the Ancient Egyptians used different techniques to express themselves through their literature. 5 weekly meetings from Thursday 3rd February with Dr Katherine Slinger.

A History of Greek Archaeology and Archaeologists II

A History of Greek Archaeology and Archaeologists II

Discover the story of archaeology in the Prehistoric Aegean and Ancient Greece through a review of significant figures and the sites they excavated. This part of the course does not require you to have taken part I. It provides the opportunity for students to evaluate key issues such as the role of political events affecting archaeological exploration and the extent of the involvement of women in archaeological excavations in Greece in the later 19th and early 20th century.