The Wonders of the Ancient World

Ref: C2224426

Using primary sources as well as archaeological reports, this course examines ten famous sites, and their impact on ancient and more recent travellers, such as Herodotus ‘the Father of History’ to Flinders Petrie and Rose Macaulay. Whilst some sites, such as the Pyramids of Egypt, the monumental structures at Mycenae and the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus may still be visited, the Labyrinth and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon can only be imagined, for they have long since disappeared.

Course aim

This course introduces the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, with three others judged equally deserving. primary sources and archaeological reports enable us to reconstruct and enjoy these famous monuments.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is likely to interest people who enjoy visiting and learning about the ancient Mediterranean and Middle East.

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Describe the location and appearance of the ancient wonders discussed in the course.
  • Explain the reasons why some of the wonders introduced and discussed in the course were erected.
  • Account for the modern interest in the ancient wonders of the world.
  • Assess the influence of the ancient wonders of the world on modern architecture.
  • Discuss the importance of preserving the wonders of the past for future generations.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning
  • Each of the sessions is illustrated by slides prepared for this course. Further reading is encouraged at each stage in the course.

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • It would be helpful to bring a notebook and pen or a tablet computer so that notes may be made during each session - if required.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful

What can I do next?

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The Wonders of the Ancient World Course Outline


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