A. Tuesdays 10.30am – 12.30pm
Spring term 2024: Victoria Hall
9 January – 26 March (11 weeks)
Half term: Tuesday 13 February 2024
Summer Term 2024:
16 April – 25 June (10 weeks)
Half Term: Tuesday 28 May 2024
B: Fridays 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Spring term 2024: Online
12 January – 29 March 2024 (11 weeks)
Half term: Friday 16 February 2024
Summer Term 2024:
19 April – 28 June (10 weeks)
Half Term: Friday 31 May 2024
Members: £140 Non-members: £179
Concessions: £10 (call the office 020 8340 3343)
The course will explore the social and cultural basis of Greek civilisation, from the Bronze Age to the Roman conquest of Greece. Drawing on archaeological evidence, literary texts, architecture and the visual arts, it will look at the complex and shifting relationships between the present and the past in the definition and transformation of European cultures and identities.
From Thales to Aristotle: The Greek Philosophical Tradition.
Forms of Government: Reading Plato’s Republic.
Forms of Government: Reading Aristotle’s Politics and The Constitution of the Athenians.
The Mask of Melpomene: The Tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.
The Comic Muse: The Plays of Aristophanes and Menander.
Ordering the World. Nature, Science, and the Greeks.
The Form of the Beautiful. The Body, Sculpture, and Sport.
The Birth of Clio: Herodotus, Thucydides, and the Greek Idea of History
Rivals at Sea: Egypt, Phoenicia, and the Greeks.
Contact and Cultural Change: The Greeks in the Western Mediterranean.
Greece and the Orient: Civilisation and “The Other.”
Dr Mark Patton
Mark is a graduate of the universities of Cambridge and London, and the author of several published works of historical fiction and non-fiction. He has taught at the universities of Leiden, Paris, Wales, Greenwich and Westminster, and currently teaches for the Open University.