Day School: Venice: a history of a great Mediterranean power

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It is not surprising that Venice was called la serenissima, or the most serene. Travellers in the Renaissance period found the gentle swaying of the gondola a welcome relief after days of long horse-riding journeys. But it was not merely the promise of comfortable travel that brought people to Venice. The ceremonial and ritualistic nature of the city, which was propagated by the Venetian republic added to its myth and mystery. From ambassadorial receptions, to government processions, theatre performances and carnival entertainment, the city played centre stage to important civic and cultural events. This course focuses on the ceremonial aspects of the city during the Renaissance. By looking at how Venice celebrated various events the course will shed light on the art and culture of the most serene republic. This course runs from 11am – 3.30pm which includes a one hour lunch break.

Additional information about this course

This course runs from 11am - 3.30pm inclusive of a one hour lunch break.

Course aim

Examine the ceremonial aspects of the city during the Renaissance, explore how Venice celebrated various events and gain an understanding of the art and culture of the most serene republic.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Identify governmental structures of Venice from 1500-1797 and the way the republic used ceremonies to propagate the myth of Venice.
  • Discuss some of the most important annual events and how they were celebrated.
  • Discuss art, culture and life in the city during this period.

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

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

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

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
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here http://www.wea.org.uk/learn-wea/what-can-i-do-next

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Day School: Venice: a history of a great Mediterranean power

Enrolment Conditions

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2018
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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