Discovering Ancient Rome

Ref: C3744331

This short course will investigate some of the great monuments of ancient Rome and the Roman world. Although hugely influenced by the Greeks, the Romans innovated in architecture, public and domestic decoration, all made to celebrate the power of the emperor and the glory of the gods. Major structures to be explored include the Colosseum and Circus Maximus, the great villas of the Roman world and the magnificent remains of Pompeii and Herculaneum where mosaic, painting and sculpture have survived in near perfect condition.

Course aim

This course aims to introduce students to some of the great art works of ancient Rome. We will concentrate not only on craft and style, but on the context in which these art works were made and used in the classical period.

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 at least one amphitheatre and one theatre from the Roman world.
  • Describe the circumstances that led to the preservation of Pompeii and Herculaneum.
  • Discuss the uses to which Roman painting and mosaics were put by Roman people.

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
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor

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

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Discovering Ancient Rome

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 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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