Classical Studies: Love and Death in Antiquity
Course Length: 1 week
Date(s): 16th September 2013
Time(s): 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Location: International Students House, 229 Great Portland St, London, W1W 5PN
Minimum Requirements: Year 12 +
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This is a one off two hour lecture in Classical Antiquity designed to give students a taste of the breadth of the literature, myth, philosophy and social aspects of Ancient Greece and Rome at university entry level.
For students interested in the working of human society the Ancient world presents a panoramic and absorbing narrative. Students will be given the opportunity to deconstruct the myths and images from cultures that will emerge at once totally familiar and totally alien. Classical studies are one of the most potent pathways to understanding the extraordinary diversity of human creativity and behaviour. To that end the focus will be on two of the most crucial concerns of human existence: Love and Death. It will trace the thinking behind attitudes to sex, and the afterlife using texts from Homer to Dante. The lecture is roughly divided into four:
Power point presentation visiting the Theatre on the Athenean Pnyx its sights, smells, sounds and attitudes to love and sexuality depicted in Greek Tragedy and Comedy.
Discussion: Are we as liberal in sexual matters as the Ancient Greeks and Romans?
Power point presentation illustrating death and the afterlife in art and literature with illustrative extracts from the Epic of Gilgamesh, Homer, Virgil, Dante.
Discussion: What has changed in our attitude to Death and the Afterlife?