What is the course about?
The Etruscans have long been regarded as a somewhat mysterious people who lived in central Italy, from Pisa to Rome. Over recent decades a great deal of new information has been brought to light about so much more of Etruscan society than their way of death. Their settlements and cities, roads and trade-routes have been explored nd recorded. Whilst much about the Etruscans remains unknown, this course provides an intriguing insight into what is known of these people, who interacted with other Mediterranean peoples for over 900 years before the shadow of Rome enveloped them.
What will we cover?
The selection of topics for this course include discussion of who the Etruscans were, and why Etruria was attractive to trading people; Etruscan writing; women and men in Etruria: their lives and prospects; towns, with especial emphasis on Marzabotto; the Etruscan way of death, mythology, religion and the afterlife; Etruscan art and architecture.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- describe important aspects of Etruscan history, culture and society
- appreciate the cultural achievements of the Etruscans
- identify some of the ways in which scholars have interpreted the Etruscans
- study and research Etruscan culture with a developed awareness of the material available for study.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
No previous knowledge is required, although there will be some recommended reading. Books should be available from a library, although you might wish to buy a particular text if you wish to explore a topic further.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Most sessions involve the tutor leading in with a prepared talk or lecture, usually illustrated with slides. There is ample opportunity for discussion of issues or problems raised. As the course progresses learners are encouraged to take an increasing part in the learning process, especially with regard to asking questions and discussing aspects of the topics covered.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring pen and paper. You may well wish to buy a recommended book or two. Some visits are recommended, which may involve travel and entrance fees, although these are not part of the course itself.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Any other Classical Civilisations courses. See the website for details.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details