United Kingdom, Cambridge

Ancient and Classical Worlds Summer Programme

when 9 July 2017 - 22 July 2017
duration 2 weeks

This programme offers a rich selection of courses on a range of past cultures and civilisations taught by leading experts and allows you to explore and immerse yourself in the latest thinking on ancient and classical worlds.

The academic programme
• Four special subject courses (two per week)
• Plenary lectures
• Evening talks

Programme description
Whether you are drawn by history or architecture, archaeology or literature, this programme allows you an unrivalled chance to immerse yourself in the latest thinking on antiquity. With subjects such as early imperialism, Greek philosophers, Ancient Egyptian religion and ancient astronomy, our courses offer a wealth of choice.

"Engage with key issues of the ancient past – thought-provoking and fascinating!"
Dr Jan Parker, Programme Director, Ancient and Classical Worlds Programme

You choose one morning and one afternoon course per week, each has five sessions. The maximum class size is 25 participants. Courses are led by recognised experts from the University of Cambridge and other British universities.

Week 1 (9 – 15 July)

11.15am – 12.45pm
Aa1 - Athens and Sparta: rivals for Greek domination
Aa2 - The rise of civilization: Mesopotamia and Mexico
Aa3 - The Ancient Egyptian Empire: treasures, treaties and conquests
Aa4 - Roman art and archaeology

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Ea1 - Women in the Ancient Mediterranean world: roles and representation
Ea2 - The poetry of Augustan Rome: elegy, ode and epic
Ea3 - "Ra has placed the king on his throne forever": Ancient Egyptian religion
Ea4 - From shards to scrolls: how the Old Testament came to be written

Week 2 (16 – 22 July)

11.15am – 12.45pm
Ab1 - City of Athens
Ab2 - Ancient empires: hollow glories?
Ab3 - The fall of Rome to the beginnings of England: Visigoths to Sutton Hoo
Ab4 - Greek heroes and their world: Odysseus, Achilles, Helen, Medea…

2.00pm – 3.30pm
Eb1 - Etruria and early Roman culture and religion
Eb2 - Great Ancient Greek philosphers: Plato and Aristotle
Eb3 - Kingdom, Republic and Empire: the story of power in Rome
Eb4 - Investigating the cosmos: controversies in ancient astronomy

Plenary lectures
Course directors and leading specialists associated with the University give lectures on subjects from Mesopotamia to Maya, Egypt to Etruria, Roman to 'Dark Age' Europe and more, exploring vital 'Connections and Conflicts' in art, ideas and culture.

Evening talks
Eminent speakers will present a variety of general interest talks. These are shared with students on our other programmes.

Course leader

Dr Jan Parker

Target group

We welcome applications from all adult learners including university students, professionals and those with other experience who have an interest in the subject, regardless of educational background.

Course aim

The courses and plenary lectures will capitalise on the expertise within a number of Faculties and Departments, such as Classics, Divinity, Philosophy, Archaeology and Anthropology, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, and the History and Philosophy of Science. The programme will also draw upon a range of museum resources in Cambridge, such as the Museum of Classical Archaeology, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and the Fitzwilliam Museum.

Credits info

The University of Cambridge does not use a credit system for the awarding of its internal degrees, and cannot award credit directly for its International Summer Programmes. Students wishing to obtain credit as a result of our evaluation should consult their own institutions in advance about the acceptability of the Summer Programmes evaluation for credit purposes.

Fee info

GBP 0: See official website