Spring is just around the corner and hopefully in your part of the world (northern hemisphere at least) there are signs that spring is about to, well, spring.
In addition to the extra beginners classes in Latin and Greek for the summer term (details below), I'm pleased to announce a short course on Alexander the Great. This will take place on Wednesdays, 7-8pm UK time. See below for the course outline.
Limited places are available in the higher level Greek and Latin courses, so let me know as soon as possible if you would like to be added to the class list.
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Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
The 'Lamborghini' of Pompeii
Dubbed by some motoring websites as the Lamborghini of the ancient world, a four-wheeled chariot has been discovered near Pompeii. Due to its rather explicit carvings, it has been suggested that the chariot was used in wedding ceremonies. Read more here:
Professor Emily Wilson will join Melvyn Bragg on Radio 4's In Our Time on Thursday 18th March at 9.00am GMT to discuss Euripides' play, The Bacchae. Also joining Emily and Melvyn will be Greek tragedy experts Professor Edith Hall and Dr Rosie Wyles You can catch the discussion at the following link:
Alexander the III of Macedon, oft known as ‘the Great’, is one of the most widely known individuals of the Classical past. With statues depicting his likeness found the world over, from Scotland to Skopje, history has turned this man into the archetype of the warrior king. Over five lessons, this course will introduce you to the impressive character of Alexander the Great and situate his actions and achievements in the remarkable world he inhabited. The first lesson will introduce Macedon, the birthplace of Alexander, and you will learn about the myths of Alexander’s childhood, his young life, and ascension to king at the age of just 20. We will consider Alexander’s conquests of the Persian Empire and beyond. The course will conclude with the Wars of the Successors after Alexander the Great’s death and consider how his legacy shaped the centuries after his demise.
Each lesson will cover the history of Alexander through engagement with ancient primary sources: namely Arrian, Plutarch, Diodorus, Curtius, Justin. Relevant extracts of text and images will be provided where not readily available online.
Classes will take place on Wednesdays, 19:00-20:00 GMT/UTC/UK time: 14th April, 21st April, 28th April, 5th May and 12th May 2021. The fee for this five week course is £35. To register, click the button below.
This class is for complete beginners and starts with the alphabet. Commencing on 10th April 2021, the class will meet every Saturday, 14:30-15:30 (UK time). The class is conducted via Zoom.
Students should have access to Greek to GCSE book 1. Dates for the summer term are 10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May, 8th May, 22nd May, 29th May, 5th June, 12th June, 19th June. NB no class on 15th May.
Fees are £70 for the term.
Tutor: Dr Kerry Phelan.
Latin for Beginners
This class is for complete beginners. Commencing on 10th April 2021, the class will meet on Saturdays, 13:00-14:00 (UK time). The class is conducted via Zoom.
Students should have access to Latin to GCSE book 1. Dates for the summer term are 10th April, 17th April, 24th April, 1st May, 8th May, 22nd May, 29th May, 5th June, 12th June, 19th June.
There are limited places available in Greek and Latin at post-beginners and lower intermediate level.
Don't forget the advanced Greek reading group. During the summer term, this class will read excerpts from Plato's Phaedrus, Aristophanes' Clouds, Diodorus Siculus, Menander's Aspis, Herodotus, Odyssey, Euripides, Lysias Eratosthenes and Sophocles.
Check the courses page at the button below for more information.