Dynasties, Democracy, Empire

Explores the history and cultures of three civilisations in the ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Uses ancient evidence, from the newest archaeological discoveries, to the works of classical literature, to present major historical events in the Mediterranean against the backdrop of the everyday lives of the people who lived in these societies.

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Course outline

The ancient Mediterranean was a baffling and bizarre world at times. Even though the ancient peoples shared a lot of experiences with us in the modern world, their societies were fundamentally different in many unexpected and surprising ways.

This course will explore the vibrant history and cultures of three great civilisations in the ancient Mediterranean: Egypt, Greece and Rome. Using both the newest archaeological discoveries and great works of classical literature, it will show how we can learn about (and from) the lives of ordinary men and women, pharaohs and tyrants, empresses and gladiators, commoners and priests, scribes and soldiers from the ancient world.

This introductory course uses the ancient evidence to present the major historical events in the Mediterranean against the backdrop of the everyday lives of the people who lived in these societies.

Terms & Conditions

This programme gives you the opportunity to attend regular lectures in a selection of courses, alongside enrolled students as an observer. Please note that you are not eligible to attend tutorials, take part in assessments, sit for exams and will not have access to course material online.

You will be provided with a course outline to keep you up to date with the topics discussed in class every week. This is a no-stress learning opportunity.

Details

  • 12 weeks, 3 March - 4 June, Tuesday & Thursday 2-3pm
  • $355.00 incl. GST
  • The University of Auckland, City Campus
  • Presented by Jeremy Armstrong, Jennifer Hellum and Lisa Bailey

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