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History Courses

History Courses

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.

Enchanting and Mysterious China Course

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. China and the mysterious Far East. The “far shores of Cathay” have fascinated the West for centuries. With a culture dating back five thousand years and a population of 1.3 billion people, China is increasingly making its presence felt in our daily lives. It is now a popular destination for travellers. In this history course we will look at the historical, philosophical... [More]
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Augustus Course: Rome's First Emperor

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. This history course examines the life and achievements of Rome’s first Emperor Octavian, who assumed the title of Augustus. The grand nephew of Julius Caesar, Augustus is famous for his conflict with Mark Antony and Cleopatra and his subsequent acquisition of absolute power in Rome. His rule brought peace and prosperity after years of civil war, but at the loss of... [More]
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Ireland Course: The Celts to the Celtic Tiger

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. This history course provides an introduction to Irish History through including beliefs, legends, customs, festival celebrations and storytelling traditions, as well as the small matter of history, geography and religion. The class covers Irish History from the past to the present encompassing luminary figures in history that have shaped the politics of this country.... [More]
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Ancient Greece Course II: The Mycenaeans

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. The Mycenaean civilisation flourished on mainland Greece and the Aegean islands from 1600 to 1180 BC. Mycenaean culture was dominated by a society centred on fortified palace compounds such as Mycenae and Tiryns. Rulers were buried in enormous tholos tombs with superb burial goods such as the famous Mask of Agamemnon. A warrior society, the Mycenaeans would expand their... [More]
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A Day in Herculaneum Course

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. Like Pompeii, the small town of Herculaneum was destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in August AD 79. The town with its shops, temples and houses was sealed under 20 metres of volcanic sludge until archaeologists brought about half of the town to light. In the 1980s the skeletal remains of some 300 people were discovered on the beach and in the boat chambers where they... [More]
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A Day in Herculaneum Course
University of Sydney (Venue TBA)
$110 inc GST

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Ancient Greece Course III: The Persian Invasions of Greece

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. The Persian Empire extended from the borders of India to the Mediterranean. In the late 6th Century BC, the Persian Empire under Cyrus and Darius I made their first contacts with the Greek world. Athenian involvement in a revolt against Persian control in Anatolia saw the Persians invade the Greek world. Defeat of Darius' army at Marathon inspired his successor King... [More]
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Ancient Greece Course III: The Persian Invasions of Greece
University of Sydney (Venue TBA)
$131 inc GST

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Hieroglyphs Course 101

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. This Hieroglyphs coure will allow you to join the immortal ancient Egyptian scribes and learn to read and write hieroglyphs, the 'god’s words'. This course introduces the basics of Middle Egyptian – the classical written script of Ancient Egypt. Simple exercises based on authentic tomb, temple and biographical extracts introduce the beginner to the fascinating world view... [More]
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Hieroglyphs Course 102

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. Now that you can gaze at a hieroglyphic scene and understand reading orientation and whether the images represent a picture, sound, word or phrase, you’d like to know more about the intriguing world of hieroglyphs. This Hieroglyphs course continues with the basics of Middle Egyptian – the classical written script of Ancient Egypt. This fascinating and practical linguistic... [More]
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Andalusia Course: The Moors in Spain (AD 711-1492)

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. The Arabs and Berbers invaded Spain from North Africa in 711 and they would control the region till the fall of Granada in 1492. During almost 800 years, the ‘Moors’ created a brilliant and dynamic multi-ethnic society which blended elements of Islamic, Jewish and Christian culture. We will explore the arrival of the Moors from North Africa, the Umayyad Emirate of... [More]
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Portraits of Pre-Revolutionary France Course: The 16th, 17th and 18th Centuries

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The world as we know it today has been shaped by events of the past. This history course will focus on some of the major figures in the cultural life of pre-revolutionary France, beginning with Michel de Montaigne, the outstanding essayist, traveller and mayor of Bordeaux. The cultural significance of the work of the poet Antoine de Baïf and the composer Claude Le Jeune and their work at the Académie de poésie et de musique in later 16th... [More]
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