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March 2021

Great sea battles from the classical world – Salamis, Syracuse and Actium

March 27
City Lit via Zoom
£59

Ships and sailing techniques and naval warfare in the Ancient World. What is the course about? A general look at ships and sailing techniques in the Ancient World and how vessels were used in warfare. What topics will we cover? We shall look at the strategies used by navies in the ancient world and specifically the tactics at Salamis in 480 BC where the allied Greek forces defeated the Persian fleet of King Xerxes, the second battle of Syracuse in…

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April 2021

Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

April 16 @ 5:30 pm - April 30 @ 7:30 pm
City Lit via Zoom
£69

The Seven Wonders fascinate us, but what were they and why were they wonders? Using art, literature and archaeology we'll explore possible answers. What is the course about? The famous seven wonders of the ancient world: the Pyramids, the Alexandrian Lighthouse, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the temple of Artemis at Ephesus, the statue of Zeus at Olympia, the Colossus of Rhodes and the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. What topics will we cover? The origin of the list and the changes…

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Heroes and Gods: 19th and 20th Century Classical References in the British Museum and elsewhere

April 24
City Lit via Zoom
£59

What is the course about? Delve into classical myths used in naval related items by examining some objects from various collections. What topics will we cover? Following on from the previous course we shall look at what Classical artworks were available to artists in the C19th and what literary works were studied in schools and were known to the general population.  We shall identify some of the Classical gods, heroes, figures from myth and historical characters used as figureheads and…

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