Course Code: 6XGR06B20
Start Date: 27/02/2021
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Length in weeks: 6
Time: 10.00am to 12.00noon
From the colonisation of Sicily by the Greeks in the 8th century BC, right through to the late Roman period, Sicilian culture was suffused with both Greek and Roman elements. Many of these cultural influences can still be seen on this beautiful Mediterranean island, including Greek temples, theatres, mosaics and a rich mythological heritage.
Sicily is where Persephone was abducted by Pluto as she picked wild flowers; Sicily is where the giant Enceladus resided under Etna; Sicily was where the nymph Arethusa was spotted by the river god Alphaeus; and Sicily is there the one-eyed Cyclops Polyphemus fell in love with Galataea. We shall explore the history, philosophy and culture of Sicily in the Graeco-Roman period, with plenty of illustrations and plenty of discussion opportunities.
The course will run from 27th February through to 10th April, excluding 20th March.