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Hellenic Museum Summer School 2022: History & Culture of the Ancient World

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Explore ancient Greece and Rome with relaxed, entertaining courses looking at history, theatre, archaeology, architecture and more.

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Spend a week this January at Melbourne’s Hellenic Museum, exploring the spectacular and fascinating world of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Hellenic Museum Summer School offers a series of informative, relaxed and entertaining short courses. Anyone is welcome!

Sessions will take place in person and online. People taking part online can participate live or watch recorded lectures at a time of their convenience.

If you wish to participate online only, please register through this link.

Four subjects are on offer:

  1. The Ancient Adriatic: Trade, Colonisation and Conflict
  2. Understanding Greek Theatre Like an Ancient Greek
  3. Architecture from Pagan Rome to Christianity
  4. At Home with the Greeks and Romans

Each subject consists of five 1-hour sessions, delivered across five days. Details below.

Participants can enrol in one, two, three or all four courses. A discount applies if enrolling in all courses.


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1. The Ancient Adriatic: Trade, Colonisation and Conflict

Sitting between Greece and Italy, the Adriatic Sea played a crucial role in antiquity connecting Greeks, Etruscans, Romans, Illyrians and others. This course looks at the fascinating history of the Adriatic in the first millennium BC and the important role it played for the surrounding cultures. We look at the way that broader historic events affected the Adriatic communities, the way that events in the Adriatic shaped the world beyond and the various attempts to create an Adriatic empire. A particular focus for the course is the interactions between cultures, whether through trade, war, piracy or the complex relationships involved in colonisation.

    Session 1: The Sea and the Surrounding Peoples
    Session 2: The First Greek Colonists
    Session 3: Adriatic Empires
    Session 4: Greeks and Illyrians
    Session 5: The Roman Conquest

5 x 1-hour sessions

10.00–11.00 am each day (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time - UTC+11.00)

$155 full, $125 concession


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2. Understanding Greek Theatre Like an Ancient Greek

There’s a timeless quality to ancient Greek plays which means that they can still entertain and resonate with modern audiences. But do we experience and interpret the plays the same way that the ancient Greeks did? This course compares the ancient experience of tragedy with ours, and looks at questions like: How and why did the Greeks use myth for their storylines? What elements excited a Greek audience? And what caused the audience to throw food at the actors? Following three sessions looking at how Greek tragedy worked, we spend two sessions looking in detail at Euripides’ Medea and the differing meanings it can hold for modern and ancient audiences.

    Session 1: The Birth of Tragedy
    Session 2: The Setting of Tragedy
    Session 3: Aristotle on What Makes a Good Tragedy
    Session 4: Understanding Euripides’ Medea
    Session 5: Euripides’ Medea Continued

5 x 1-hour sessions

11.30 am -12.30 pm each day (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time - UTC+11.00)

$155 full, $125 concession


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3. Architecture from Pagan Rome to Christianity

The triumph of Christianity in the fourth century AD led to bold new types of architecture, as church buildings became the focus for grandeur and architectural innovation. This course explores the development of church architecture out of traditional Roman architecture and how the historic and social context shaped the buildings and their decoration. The course starts with the first monumental Christian buildings under Emperor Constantine. It then looks at the innovation and diversity of designs between the 4th and 6th centuries. Finally, the course examines the diverging architectural traditions in Western Europe and the Byzantine world, and the way that these traditions continue to influence church architecture today.

    Session 1: The Birth of Christian Architecture
    Session 2: The Diversity of Design in the 4th-6th Centuries
    Session 3: Piety in Paint and Stone – Church Decoration
    Session 4: The Eastern Tradition – Byzantine and Orthodox
    Session 5: The Western Tradition – the Romanesque and Beyond

5 x 1-hour sessions

1.30–2.30 pm each day (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time - UTC+11.00)

$155 full, $125 concession


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4. At Home with the Greeks and Romans

In this course, we’ll get to know the ancient Greeks and Romans better by understanding their home life. We’ll use archaeology to understand what their houses looked like and texts to understand what happened inside their houses. We’ll look at the homes of both rich and poor, from meagre one-room apartments to stunning, luxurious mansions. In some ways ancient homes can seem very modern and comfortable, but there are also major differences between our lives and theirs – such as slaves, gender relations and very different notions of privacy.

    Session 1: At Home in Ancient Athens
    Session 2: The Houses of Olynthus
    Session 3: Introducing the Roman Home
    Session 4: Houses at Pompeii and Herculaneum
    Session 5: Apartment Living in Rome and Ostia

5 x 1-hour sessions

3.00–4.00 pm each day (Australian Eastern Daylight Savings Time - UTC+11.00)

$155 full, $125 concession

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The Hellenic Museum

280 William Street

Melbourne, VIC 3000

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Organiser Dr Christopher Gribbin

Organiser of Hellenic Museum Summer School 2022: History & Culture of the Ancient World

Dr Christopher Gribbin has taught with the Hellenic Museum Summer School since 2018. He is an Adjunct Lecturer at La Trobe Univeristy and a public historian, specialising in ancient Greece and Rome. He has a particular interest in understanding how people make sense of the world, whether through religion, philosophy, myth, art or architecture.

Christopher regularly presents lectures to community groups, professional organisations and school groups. He also leads cultural tours to visit ancient sites with Australians Studying Abroad. He is well regarded as a clear and enthusiastic teacher who loves to share his passion about the ancient world with the community.

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