A Tour of Ancient Mediterranean Civilizations: Not Just a load of Old Stones
Start date: 1st Jun 2020
Time: 10:00 - 12:15
Duration: 5 weeks
Tutor: Gillian Hovell
Course code: 20SU185
Discover the big picture around those archaeology TV documentaries. This is ancient history brought to life, from the first farmers in the Mediterranean through the Egyptians and on into the Minoans, Mycenaeans, Phoenicians, Etruscans, Archaic Greeks, Classical Greeks and the all-conquering Romans.
A vibrant mix of history from an archaeologist’s viewpoint, blended with the distinctive art, cultures, stories & myths. An ancient site will never look the same again: it will be filled with tell-tale images, stories, personalities, real lives and people, art and architecture, all of which still influence us today.
This course is for beginners to advanced learners
For the first session students will need; Nothing, unless you wish to make notes
The course aims to explore the ancient civilizations of the Mediterranean, from its earliest cultures through to imperial Rome. We consider the archaeology, sites and artefacts of the great civilizations; their history, how to identify and understand the remains of each, and what was so astonishingly distinctive about each culture.
The course will be richly illustrated.
This course is suitable for anyone, beginner, general reader or more advanced student.
The course will cover the history, archaeology, artefacts and sites that belong to each ancient civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean: what happened when, what life was like, where to go and what to look for.
The course will cover all the major civilizations from the Neolithic to Imperial Rome.
Session 1: Introducing the Ancient Mediterranean; The Neolithic, Babylonians and Egypt
Session 2 : Bronze Age Minoans and Mycenaeans; The Phoenicians; Archaic Greece
Session 3 : Classical Greece; Alexander the Great & Hellenistic era
Session 4 : Etruscans, Early Rome & Roman Republic; The Augustan Age
Session 5 : Imperial Ancient Rome
By the end of the course students should be able to recognize the distinctive remains and finds from each civilization of the Ancient Mediterranean. They should be able to appreciate the context of archaeological sites and finds and identify the particular art, architecture and self-expression of each culture. You will have a sense of the ‘big picture’ of the ebb and flow of the story and history of the Ancient Mediterranean, and you will understand how the cultures influenced each other.