W101| Glory and Grandeur: Ancient Greece and Rome


9:30 am - 11:00 am 


3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 &  4/28

Six Sessions 

This course is offered online via the easy-to-use Zoom program.

The Classical World contributed an endless array of concepts to the world; the politics of demokritia vs. tyrannos, enduring architectural design, comedy and tragedy, the tradition of Plato and Socrates, the power of Republic and Empire.

Once upon a time, many American school children were expected to struggle  through conjugations and declensions to discover Caesar’s exploits in Gaul. Aspiring artists spent hours sketching Greek and Roman statuary. Even politicians were expected to quote easily from Pericles, Cicero, or Cato.

This seminar will provide an overview from the early days of Troy and the founding myths of Rome, through the development of Greek culture, ending with Rome at the peak of her power.

The approach is topical and area specialists will be invited to participate.

Philip Deely holds an undergraduate degree in history from Hobart College and an M.A. from the University of Chicago. He taught at Simon’s Rock and Phillips Exeter. He served as the Associate Director of the Norman Rockwell Museum and has been a consultant to nonprofits on fundraising, governance, and strategic planning.


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