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January 2021

Great voyages from Greek and Roman myths – Jason, Odysseus and Aeneas

January 16
City Lit via Zoom
£59

A detailed examination of the voyages and their fantastical encounters relating them to reality. What is the course about? A detailed examination of the voyages and their fantastical encounters relating them to reality. What topics will we cover? Jason’s voyage to collect the Golden Fleece was described by Apollonius of Rhodes in his Argonautica written in Alexandria in the C3rd BC. He encountered the murderous women of Lemnos, the six-armed giant Gegeines, Phineas and the harpies, the clashing rocks, the…

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February 2021

Shakespeare And The Classical World

February 5 @ 5:30 pm - February 19 @ 7:30 pm
City Lit via Zoom
£69

A quarter of Shakespeare’s major works were based on stories from the Classical World and have influenced our view of the Classical World ever since. Titania and Bottom c.1790 Henry Fuseli k What is the course about? We shall examine the plays inspired by myths and history from Ancient Greece and Rome. We shall be looking at the plots of these briefly before examining the sources of Shakespeare’s inspiration and the background to the characters included in the works and…

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Life and Times of King George II

February 14 @ 11:00 am - February 21 @ 1:30 pm
City Lit via Zoom
£59

What is the course about?l George II is perhaps best remembered as the last British monarch to lead his troops into battle and also as the instigator of the custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus in Handel’s Messiah.  His reign marked the high point of Handel’s career which the King did much to promote but also saw other great achievements in British culture with the art of Hogarth and the works of Pope and Swift.  In politics, Robert Walpole…

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