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Classics Book Club

Tuesdays 5.30pm, 1 hr, meets 6 times, £66 (age 13-18)

  • Starts 10 Sept
  • 1 British pound
  • Zoom class

Available spots

Service Description

*** Please note IMPORTANT CHANGE TO PAYMENT INFORMATION at the bottom of this page *** This class will pick a different book each half-term, and discuss a section of it together each week. It will provide students not only with an increasing knowledge of the ancient world, but also with the critical analysis and interpretative skills necessary for studying history and other subjects. This half-term's book is the excellent and engagingly written 'The Ancient Greeks: ten ways they shaped the modern world,' by Edith Hall, Professor of Classics at the University of Durham. (See the publisher's description of the book below.) Students will be required to read a section of the book each week in between classes so we can have rich and rewarding discussions about it. We will be seeing what we can learn from the book, and also comparing Hall's interpretations to other historians' and the students' own interpretations of historical evidence. Publisher's description of the book: They gave us democracy, philosophy, poetry, rational science, the joke. They built the Parthenon and the Library of Alexandria. They wrote the timeless myths of Odysseus and Oedipus, and the histories of Leonidas’s three hundred Spartans and Alexander the Great. But who were the ancient Greeks? And what was it that enabled them to achieve so much? Here, Edith Hall gives us a revelatory way of viewing this geographically scattered people, visiting different communities at various key moments during twenty centuries of ancient history. Identifying ten unique traits central to the widespread ancient Greeks, Hall unveils a civilization of incomparable richness and a people of astounding complexity – and explains how they made us who we are today. *** IMPORTANT PAYMENT INFORMATION *** The cost for the course is £66. Instead of booking through the TMU website, please pay the course tutor directly: 1. Via BACS transfer - please email to receive an invoice 2. Or via PayPal to: or via the link Please specify in your payment reference what it is for, eg. 'Tom B. Classics Book Club' If you are a new student, please also email me - to let me know that you have booked, and let me know the student's name and any relevant information such as SEN. TMU T&Cs apply.

Cancellation Policy

We will do our utmost to ensure every booked class takes place. However, we strongly believe in the value of conversation between thinkers. Thus, we will not run a class with less than the minimum number of students. If we do not have a full group 24 hours before the class is set to start we will, sadly, cancel the session, refund all participants, and seek to run the class at a different time. Our full booking and cancellation policy can be found in our Terms and Services.

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