Year course
The Classical World and its Afterlife

Monday 24 September 2018 - Monday 15 July 2019

  • Monday 24 September 2018 - Monday 15 July 2019

  • Seminar Room 3

  • Course price £410.00 - £1,992.00

  • +44 (0)20 7942 2000

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

Ancient Greece and Rome have provided a limitless source of inspiration for European art, design and architecture. This course explores the key elements of Classicism, and their subsequent re-interpretation and revival in later times. Examine the cultural highlights of the Classical world, including Homeric myths and their representation in sculpture and vase-painting, and the architecture of Athens and Rome. The course then investigates the ways in which classical themes, motifs and styles were re-discovered.

Read more
Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Course Director Dr Kathy McLauchlan

Dr Kathy McLauchlan is an art historian specialising in French painting and the academic tradition. She completed an MA in 19th century painting and a PhD on the work of art students at the French Academy in Rome at the Courtauld Institute, University of London. Kathy has worked the Open University, Birkbeck College, NADFAS and Morley College.

The relevant knowledge of the lecturers enhances the enjoyment from their enthusiasm of the specific topics. 2017/18 Course Student

Further Information

• Refreshments served • Price reductions available for Seniors (60+), jobseekers (ES40 holders) and registered disabled people • Certificate Option available • Term 2 tickets now available

Course Overview

Term 1

12 weeks, 27 September – 17 December 2018

Ancient World

The ancient Greeks provided models in art, literature and architecture that would endure for thousands of years. The Romans were both imitators and innovators with artists and architects setting new standards in grandeur and magnificence in buildings such as the Colosseum and the Pantheon.

Term 2

13 weeks, 14 January – 8 April 2019

Early Medieval to High Renaissance

Between the fourth and sixteenth centuries, Western European painters, sculptors and architects modelled their work on classical precedents throughout the Middle Ages. From the ninth century, there were attempts to revive the world of classical antiquity, culminating in the Renaissance.

Term 3

12 weeks, 29 April – 15 July 2019

High Renaissance to Avant-Garde

The final term follows the development of classicism between the sixteenth and early twentieth centuries. During this time artists repeatedly challenged the belief that Antiquity stood for a timeless and unified ideal, and in the process, they brought new life to the classical tradition.

Enrol Now

Year course: The Classical World and its Afterlife

24 September 2018 - 15 July 2019

£410.00 - £1,992.00

Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Term 3: High Renaissance to Avant-Garde

29 April – 15 July 2019

Term 3 single days

29 April – 15 July 2019


Call to book +44 (0)20 7942 2000

Need help enrolling? Talk to the admissions team:

+44 (0)20 7942 2000

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