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History. See the future. It’s in the past.

The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. All developed countries maintain a National Archive and historical professions, both of which are paid for out of taxpayer money. This is in recognition of the simple fact that knowledge of the past is essential to society. What happens in the present, and what will happen in the future, is very much governed by what happened in the past. Without knowledge of the past we would be without identity, we would be lost on an endless sea of time. Learn about history the smart way with History courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

History Course: The Ottoman Renaissance, 1413-1575

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join us for a fascinating exploration of the artistic and cultural traditions of the Ottoman Renaissance. The course primarily focuses on the development of Ottoman mosque and monumental tomb architecture, and also includes other decorative arts including Iznik ceramics, calligraphy, and the arts of the book. We will also engage in several contemporary discussions of architecture and its intersection with both state ideology and cultural... [More]
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History Course: The Ottoman Renaissance, 1413-1575

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>Join us for a fascinating exploration of the artistic and cultural traditions of the Ottoman Renaissance. The course primarily focuses on the

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Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course explores the Emerald Isle from its Celtic, Viking and Norman history to its geography, language and culture. Learn about the pivotal figures that shaped Ireland’s history, the influence of the Irish diaspora on the world and the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger. Outcomes By the end of this course, you should be able to: demonstrate a general understanding of the history and geography of Ireland discuss the geo-political... [More]
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Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>This course explores the Emerald Isle from its Celtic, Viking and Norman history to its geography, language and culture. Learn about the pivotal

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Greek Myth Course: Gods and Heroes

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The ancient Greeks used a wide range of stories to examine the nature of the world and the human condition. In this course, we explore some of the most important myths of the ancient Greeks including: the creation of the world, the labours of Herakles, the quests of Perseus and Theseus, and the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts. The vivid imagination of the Greeks has left us a rich artistic heritage and we explore how the ancient Greeks... [More]
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Greek Myth Course: Gods and Heroes

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>The ancient Greeks used a wide range of stories to examine the nature of the world and the human condition. In this course, we explore some of the most

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History Course: The Villa of the Papyri and its Treasures

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Still largely buried under 20 metres of volcanic sludge from the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius, this sumptuous Roman villa may yet yield incredible artistic and literary treasures. When it was tunnelled into during the 18th century, 62 fine bronzes and 22 marble statues were discovered and removed. The contents of an ancient library with over 1,800 charred papyrus scrolls were also recovered. What might still be there and what if Vesuvius were... [More]
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History Course: The Villa of the Papyri and its Treasures

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>Still largely buried under 20 metres of volcanic sludge from the AD79 eruption of Vesuvius, this sumptuous Roman villa may yet yield incredible

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History Course: Topkapi Palace and the Harem of the Ottoman Empire, 1533-1659

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join us on a fascinating journey through the magnificent Topkapi Palace to explore its art and architecture; the lives of its sultans; the culture of the harem; and the politics of the Ottoman Empire. Istanbul’s legendary palace holds the secrets of the women of the harem and the sultans who ruled for four centuries. It was once both a seat of government and a private residence, and is perhaps the best preserved of the Islamic medieval and... [More]
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History Course: Topkapi Palace and the Harem of the Ottoman Empire, 1533-1659

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>Join us on a fascinating journey through the magnificent Topkapi Palace to explore its art and architecture; the lives of its sultans; the culture of

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History Course: The Trojan War – From Legend to History

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course examines the two poems, The Iliad and Odyssey, the excavations of the site of Hissarlik in Turkey and the historicity of the Trojan War. The Iliad and the Odyssey are ancient Greek epic poems that are traditionally attributed to Homer. They are set during the Trojan War, a 10-year siege of the city of Troy by a coalition of Greek states and the return of the warriors. Through interactive teaching and discussion, this course... [More]
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History Course: The Trojan War – From Legend to History

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>This course examines the two poems, The Iliad and Odyssey, the excavations of the site of Hissarlik in Turkey and the historicity of the Trojan War.</p

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History Course: Empires of the Silk Road

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course examines the medieval history of the Silk Road and the remarkable architectural heritage of places like Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand. The ‘Silk Road’ is the name given to various land routes through central Asia (Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) used for transporting trade goods between China and the Mediterranean. Long contested, the region of Central Asia has seen the rise and fall of mighty empires that flourished as a result of... [More]
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History Course: Empires of the Silk Road

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>This course examines the medieval history of the Silk Road and the remarkable architectural heritage of places like Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.</p><p

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History Course: The Villas of Palladio

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join us for a day exploring the history, art and architecture of the magnificent villas of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580). Near to Venice, the villas of Palladio are superb examples of late Renaissance architecture, adapting the legacy of the ancients to the contemporary needs of the great landowners of the region. Their decoration included classical ornament and frescoes, some by masters such as Veronese and Zelotti. We will examine the... [More]
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History Course: The Villas of Palladio

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>Join us for a day exploring the history, art and architecture of the magnificent villas of Andrea Palladio (1508-1580).</p><p>Near to Venice, the

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Alexander the Great Course: Conqueror of the World

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Alexander the Great, the son of King Philip II of Macedon, inherited the throne in 336 BC at the age of 20. Two years later he began a series of campaigns which broke the power of the Persians, creating an empire which stretched from the Adriatic Sea to the Indus River. Alexander died in Babylon in 323 BC and his empire would subsequently be torn apart by his generals and heirs. Alexander’s great legacy was the cultural diffusion which his... [More]
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Alexander the Great Course: Conqueror of the World

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>Alexander the Great, the son of King Philip II of Macedon, inherited the throne in 336 BC at the age of 20. Two years later he began a series of

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Alexander's Heirs Course: The Ptolemies of Egypt

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join us in examining the rise and fall of the Ptolemaic Dynasty from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra VII. Ptolemy I was the Macedonian general of Alexander who took possession of Egypt and founded the Ptolemaic Dynasty. He created the lighthouse and mouseion, a centre of learning with associated library in Alexandria. The Ptolemies created an Empire in the Eastern Mediterranean and contested against the Hellenistic period Seleucid rulers... [More]
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Alexander's Heirs Course: The Ptolemies of Egypt

<p>{block name:“Course Tagline - History”}</p><p>Join us in examining the rise and fall of the Ptolemaic Dynasty from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra VII.</p><p>Ptolemy I was the Macedonian general

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