Greatest Cities and Sites of the Ancient World Part 1

Ref: C3744368

Part 1 begins with the origins of Homo sapiens and identifies when and where they came from and how and why they experimented with urban living at Catal Hoyuk and Gobekli Tepe in Anatolia (Turkey) and Jericho in Israel. We track their development to the first cities of Uruk in Mesopotamia and Mohenjo Daro in the Indus Valley and the early Bronze Age settlements at Knossos on Crete and Akrotiri on Thea (Santorini). We progress to the Middle and Late Bronze Age city of Mycenae and their aggressive destruction of Troy. We then look briefly at the discovery of the ancient cities of Amarna and Pompeii and Herculaneum and chart their development and eventual destruction or abandonment.

Course aim

We begin at the very beginning - Prehistoric archaeology and look at the first prominent archaeologists in this field. We examine the first experiments with urban living and identify the principles and purposes of their location.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

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

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

  • Identify where we as Homo Sapiens first came from.
  • Analyse our first experiment in Urban living
  • consider where and when the first ancient cities developed into urban centres.
  • Understand why certain ancient cities thrived and others were abandoned
  • consider if environment played a part in the abandonment of certain cities or was it military location and aggression.

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
  • All materials will be provided
  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • 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

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member

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Greatest Cities and Sites of the Ancient World Part 1


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