Wonder what CCE is all about? or just miss our classes? Well CCE is providing you a unique opportunity to engage with our teachers and experts. Explore something new, dip into another world of information and passion for just one night.

Mon 09 Aug 2021

18:00 - 19:00

1 Session

Online

This online taster- Sailing to Valhalla - explores the Saxon & Viking Age people, who travelled the European world raiding and trading silver and gold. 

From the early days of Vendel adventurers to the lavish Saxon ship burials at Sutton Hoo, and the Viking dragon boat crews, Nordic and Germanic sailors lived, fought, died, and were buried in their ships.  

This talk takes a look at the extraordinary riches and the elaborate funerals of those pirates who became kings.  

Mon 20 Sep 2021

18:00 - 20:00

1 Session

Online

English literature has a rich history – from the Anglo-Saxons to modern times, from Chaucer to Orwell. It is one of the most diverse and developed national literary traditions, which has survived and developed over several centuries to become one of the most important parts of human culture.

In this one session course we shall see why English literature is worth studying in both literary and historical terms. We shall briefly outline the history of English writing and see how reading English literature can improve our understanding of our ideas, our culture, and our times.

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William Shakespeare is one of the greatest writers in the history of the English language. His plays and his poems are some of the best-known works in English writing, with a major influence on the development of our society and our culture. We have all heard of Shakespeare. We all have been influenced by the works of Shakespeare.

Despite this Shakespeare is often seen as difficult and challenging, especially by newer students to his work.

In this taster session we shall see why Shakespeare is interesting to study and why his work is both accessible and entertaining. We shall use this session to explore why Shakespeare has had such an impact on our culture, our literature, our thinking, and our society – alongside exploring some practical ways to enjoy his work.

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Roman life and Roman culture were completely intertwined with animals. Living in our modern world, we don’t appreciate the huge role that animals played in the past.  

The very towns and houses were laid out specifically for the housing and care of the animals. Craftspeople were dependant on the wool, leather and bones. Priests and priestesses required animals for rituals and religious ceremonies.  

Animal products made up a large part of the diet, and animal fats were a major source of light. People wore animal heads, animal skins and animal bones on their bodies to identify who they were in society. 

This talk will look at how Roman people lived, thrived and died with their animals.

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Greek mythology is full of demigods, i.e. the unions of gods and mortals, such as Heracles, Helen, Achilles, Perseus and Theseus. It is usually thought that these fanciful genealogies stem from the collective imagination of the ancient poets meant to entertain their audiences with tall tales of larger-than-life heroes.

Another commonly held view is that Alexander the Great's claim to be the son of a god manifests his sense of hubris and megalomania. It is also thought that his idea of claiming divine parentage originated from the influence of some of the societies, which he conquered, among whom the idea of a ruler of divine descent was not unusual. While the latter explanation certainly has some merit, I propose that it is a secondary, not primary factor for Alexander's claim to be the son of a god. Rather, I suggest that Alexander's claim is based on royal Macedonian ritual, which shares similarities with other royal rituals in Greece, the Aegean and the ancient world at large.

Ultimately, an investigation into a ritual model for Alexander the Great's claims to divine kingship has the potential to provide a new explanatory model for the high frequency of demigods in Greek myth.