The academic programme
- Four courses (two per week)
- Series of plenary lectures: Connections and Conflicts
- Evening talks
- Contact hours: up to 50.5 hours
Whether you are drawn by history or architecture, archaeology or literature, this programme allows you an unrivalled chance to immerse yourself in the latest thinking on antiquity. With subjects such as early imperialism, Greek philosophers, Ancient Egyptian religion and ancient astronomy, our courses offer a wealth of choice. The typical week tab gives more information about the daily schedule.
"Engage with key issues of the ancient past – thought-provoking and fascinating!"
Dr Jan Parker, Programme Director, Ancient and Classical Worlds Programme
You choose one morning and one afternoon course per week, each has five sessions. The maximum class size is 25 participants. Courses are led by recognised experts from the University of Cambridge and other British universities.
Week 1 (9 – 15 July)
Group Aa: 11.15am – 12.45pm
Aa1 - Athens and Sparta: rivals for Greek domination
Aa2 - The rise of civilization: Mesopotamia and Mexico
Aa3 - The Ancient Egyptian Empire: treasures, treaties and conquests
Aa4 - Roman art and archaeology
Group Ea: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Ea1 - Women in the Ancient Mediterranean world: roles and representation
Ea2 - The poetry of Augustan Rome: elegy, ode and epic
Ea3 - "Ra has placed the king on his throne forever": Ancient Egyptian religion
Ea4 - From shards to scrolls: how the Old Testament came to be written
Week 2 (16 – 22 July)
Group Ab: 11.15am – 12.45pm
Ab1 - City of Athens
Ab2 - Ancient empires: hollow glories?
Ab3 - The fall of Rome to the beginnings of England: Visigoths to Sutton Hoo
Ab4 - Greek heroes and their world: Odysseus, Achilles, Helen, Medea…
Group Eb: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Eb1 - Etruria and early Roman culture and religion
Eb2 - Great Ancient Greek philosophers: Plato and Aristotle
Eb3 - Kingdom, Republic and Empire: the story of power in Rome
Eb4 - Investigating the cosmos: controversies in ancient astronomy
What our students say
"Loved the ambiance, comradeship of fellow students, overall organisation, location, course content and especially the plenary lectures and guest speaker later in the evening." Royston Stew, UK, Ancient and Classical Worlds Programme 2016