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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.

The Lost Kingdoms of Southern Africa Course

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Archaeological research has identified important developments in the evolution of society in Southern Africa. The San Bushmen were the native hunter-gatherer peoples of the region. Subsequently, Khoi pastoralists entered the region and were followed by Bantu speaking farmers from central Africa. They created the first urban societies in the region including the Kingdom of Mapungubwe on the Limpopo River. In medieval times, the Kingdom of... [More]
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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'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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Latin America History Course: The New World and Five Centuries of Colonialism

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This Latin American history course looks at the creation of the Americas starting with the 1492 arrival of Columbus. It is a paradigmatic history (a discovery, encounter or invasion) that is fundamental to understanding the formation of the modern world. This course begins by examining the spectacular indigenous pre-Columbian civilisations (Aztec, Mayan, Incan and others) followed by the European conquest. We will then consider the lasting... [More]
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Iran Study Day: The Glory of Ancient Persia

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Few countries can boast of such an illustrious past as Iran (ancient Persia). Join us for this richly-illustrated Study Day in which we examine Iran’s most powerful empires. Among the sites we visit are the awe-inspiring Achaemenid palaces and tombs of Persepolis, Susa, and Naqsh-i Rustam. We will also enter the lesser known, but equally powerful, world of the Sasanians whose opulent palaces and rock carvings at Bishapur and Firuzabad,... [More]
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History Course: Ancient Persia

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Learn about the complex history of Persia (modern Iran and beyond). Inhabited for 100,000 years ago, Persia developed complex urban society under the Elamites. The Medes were the first to politically unify the region in 625 BC. Cyrus the Great subsequently founded the Persian Empire in 550 BC. His heirs would expand Persian power to incorporate much of the ancient Middle East, creating a multi-ethnic Commonwealth that lasted 200 years. The... [More]
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Medieval Sicily Course: Byzantines, Arabs and Normans

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Sicily is located in the centre of the Mediterranean and has always been a cross roads of various cultures. In late antiquity the island was ruled by the Vandals, Goths and then the Byzantine Empire. In mediaeval times Sicily was invaded by Muslims from North Africa who created a dynamic multi-cultural society. Their ‘Emirate of Sicily’ was conquered in 1061 by the Norman Dukes Robert Guiscard and Roger I. Roger II subsequently created a... [More]
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Art History Course: Michelangelo meets Sinan

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join us for an exploration of early modern Ottoman art compared with the artwork of the Renaissance in Italy. We will particularly focus on the works of Michelangelo and of Sinan, looking at the artists' thematic representations in their major works, including the Last Judgement and Rustern Pasha Mosque. We will also look at how the work of each artist inspires spiritual and inward contemplation, and establishes a connection between the... [More]
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Constantine the Great Course: Unconquered Emperor

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Roman Emperor from AD 306-337, Constantine the Great was one of the most influential figures in human history. His father Flavius Constantius was ‘Augustus’, senior western Emperor in Diocletian’s Tetrarchy. Constantine was proclaimed Emperor in Britain when his father died in 306 and he later emerged victorious in a series of civil wars with the Emperors Maxentius and Licinius to become sole emperor in 324. Whilst Emperor, Constantine... [More]
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History Course: A Day in Herculaneum

History. See the future. It’s in 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 had huddled. Join us for a day of exploration as we examine how... [More]
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