The World of Homer and Virgil

Ref: C2224516

This ten week course is about ancient Greek and Roman antiquity. It will retell the story of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey; and Virgil’s The Aeneid. We will identify who was Homer and Virgil. When and why they wrote these texts and what these texts are about. Also the impact and the subsequent influence of these texts. Finally, how did these texts fit within contemporary antiquity.

Course aim

This course is about the beginnings of classical civilization. We will retell the story of Homer’s The Iliad and The Odyssey; and Virgil’s The Aeneid. Who were Homer and Virgil.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is for beginners
  • This course is for improvers
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

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

  • Recall what Homer and Virgil's books were about
  • Identify who were Homer and Virgil and why did they write these books
  • Identify where the stories took place, characters and gods involved
  • Recognize specific terminology
  • Evaluate Homer and Virgil's books

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
  • For those that want to you can undertake some additional research or reading on Homer and Virgil

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
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions

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.)
  • Pens, pencils, and paper to write on

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required
  • 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?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next
  • Progression onto Classical Civilization GCSE, AS, A level

Download full course outline

 The World of Homer and Virgil Course Outline

Enrolment Conditions

You can enrol online if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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