Classical Cultures of North Africa

Ref: C3675977

This course will look at the classical cultures which thrived along the Mediterranean coast of North Africa. The remains of Phoenician, Carthaginian, Greek, Roman and Byzantine material culture testify to the vibrant economy, which funded classical architectural and artistic life in the villas, towns and cities of the Levant as well as promoting engineering, irrigation, quarrying and food processing industries.While focusing on Tunisia we will also look at evidence from Libya, Algeria and Morocco too.

Course aim

The course aims to introduce students to the Phoenician, Greek, Roman and Byzantine cultures of Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. We will examine, the settlement, economy, Architecture and Art of the cultures on site and in the museum.

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:

  • List the principal resources which made settlement in this area so attractive.
  • Outline the cultural sequence found in the Levant.
  • Describe the main factors in the Roman economy of the Region.
  • Show how Roman 'civilization' changed the art and architecture of the Region.
  • Review the evidence for Christianity in the Byzantine Levant.

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
  • The course will be presented in informal slide illustrated talks with ample time for class discussions and feedback.

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed
  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)

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
  • Roman North Africa. E.Lennox Manton, Seaby London 1988. Introduction to The Romans. Lesley & Roy Adkins, Apple London 1991. The World Heritage Monuments & Cultural Sites of Tunisia, Abderrazak Khechine, Tunis 1999.

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
  • Visiting UK museum collections with significant collections of North African material, eg British Museum, V&A, Ashmolean etc.

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Classical Cultures of North Africa


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  • 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 2019
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