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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.

Gallipoli Course: The Gallipoli Record and Legacy

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Harvey Broadbent Harvey Broadbent AM is a well-known writer, lecturer, broadcaster, documentary film and TV producer. In January 2016 he received the prestigious award of Member of the Order of Australia for his life time’s work in researching and writing history and producing historical documentaries. The citation reads 'For significant service to the literary arts as an author and publisher, to the television industry as a producer, and... [More]
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Gallipoli Course: The Gallipoli Record and Legacy

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Ibn Battuta Course: Muslim Traveller of the 14th Century

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Ibn Battuta is considered one of the greatest travellers of all time. He set out from his native city of Tangier in 1325 at the age of 21 on a pilgrimage to Mecca. By the time he returned, 29 years later, he had visited most of the Muslim world as far as China. This course will examine the first part of his remarkable journey; his travels from Tangier to Constantinople (modern Istanbul). We will explore the contemporary cultures that Ibn... [More]
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Egypt's Golden Age Course: The Pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty

History. See the future. It’s in the past. This course examines the 18th Dynasty (1570-1293 BC) when Egypt acquired an Empire in the Near East and Nubia. We will explore the history of Egypt from the expulsion of the Hyksos down to the end of the 18th Dynasty. This was a period when the country was at its most cosmopolitan, wealthy and dynamic, an era of pharaohs such as Tuthmosis I, Hatshepsut, Tuthmosis III, Amenhotep III, Akhenaten and Tutankhamun. The course examines the... [More]
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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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Out of Africa Course: The Fossil Evidence for Human Evolution

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Archaeological research has been able to identify important examples of the evolution of modern humans from ape-like ancestors. Important finds were made by Louis Leakey in Olduvai Gorge which made it clear that early humans arose in east Africa. Subsequent finds, including the famous ‘Lucy’ in Ethiopia have made it clear Australopithecus afarensis is out oldest direct hominin ancestor. This course traces the evolution of humans using the... [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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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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History Course: Ancient Cities of Western Turkey

History. See the future. It’s in the past. Join our short history course and learn about the ancient Greeks and the many cities they established along the Aegean coast of Western Turkey. These impressive cities included: Pergamum, Aphrodisias, Priene, Ephesus and Miletus. During this course, we will examine the foundation and history of each city, their principal monuments and the history of modern archaeological investigation at each site. Aspects of Hellenistic and Roman culture... [More]
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Ancient Sicily Course: Greeks, Phoenicians and Romans

History. See the future. It’s in the past. The island of Sicily preserves a rich heritage from antiquity. Inhabited from the Palaeolithic Era, the location of Sicily saw it as a crossroads of the Mediterranean and numerous colonies were established by the Greeks and Phoenicians. Superb cities developed, many preserving remarkably examples of Greek religious architecture. Conflict between the Greeks and the Carthaginians in the third Century BC saw Rome become involved and the... [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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