Weekend course
Rome and the Raj

Saturday 13 October 2018 - Sunday 14 October 2018

  • Saturday 13 October 2018 - Sunday 14 October 2018

  • Seminar Room 1

  • Course price £147.00 - £195.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

    9.00 – 17.30, Monday-Sunday (closed 24-26 December)

Examine the remarkable interplay between the Roman Empire and the British Raj, looking at colonizers and colonized alike. Led by historians, literary critics, and other experts, paintings and archival sources, you will discover how classical culture interacted with the British Empire from the 18th to the 20th century.

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Phiroze Vasunia

Course Leader Phiroze Vasunia

Phiroze Vasunia is a classical scholar and the author of numerous works, including The Classics and Colonial India (Oxford, 2013). He is Professor of Greek at University College London.

I have taken many Weekend Courses at the V&A and I come away feeling inspired, stimulated by the facts, and wishing to know even more. 2017/18 course student

Course Overview

This course looks at the fascination exerted by ancient Rome during the period of British colonial rule in India. It will be taught by distinguished academic experts from UCL, KCL, Birkbeck, and Royal Holloway. Topics will include the art and architecture of colonial India and Britain, the uses of Greek and Latin by the colonizers and colonized, the role of Classics in the Indian Civil Service, the idea of civilization in the 19th century, and the influence of the Roman Empire in shaping ideologies of colonial rule. You will be presented with a unique opportunity to learn about some of the new and exciting research being undertaken about the ancient and modern worlds.


Further information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people

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Weekend course: Rome and the Raj

13 October 2018 - 14 October 2018

£147.00 - £195.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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+44 (0)20 7942 2000

Open 9.30 - 17.30, Monday to Sunday (closed 24-26 December)