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Ancient World Network 2019


For 500 years, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, has been a leading centre for the study of the ancient world. Last year's Ancient World Schools Seminars were designed to bring the latest research from the College to schools in our regional link area (Oxford’s Link Scheme). 


For 2019/2020, the programme is expanding to a year-long sustained contact initiative in partnership with Worcester College and Oxford's Faculty of Classics Applications will be opening in July for a place on the year-long programme of events. Seminars will be led by Oxford academics and will address a range of questions considering what it means to 'be human' by looking at ancient and modern perspectives, incorporating literature, linguistics, archaeology, history and philosophy.


Ancient World Network 2019: 'BEING HUMAN'


OCTOBER - Seminar 1: Leeds, Manchester


NOVEMBER - Seminar 2: Leeds, Manchester


DECEMBER - Seminar 3: Leeds, Manchester


JANUARY - Seminar 4: Leeds, Manchester


FEBRUARY - Seminar 5: Leeds, Manchester


MARCH - Three Day Residential: University of Oxford


JUNE - Priority reservations for Open Day accommodation; Personal Statement and University Application support


 Why study the ancient world? One of the great reasons to study the ancient world at university is that it is fundamentally strange to us while recognisable in its foundations, a combination which is helpful in making us more aware of the peculiar way in which our own world works. The history, philosophy, archaeology and literature we have access to from the distant past is never easy to understand, and must be studied together in order to make sense of any single part.


The challenge is not to try and make the ancient world more familiar, but embrace its distance and strangeness as an asset, and use it to learn to ask better questions about individuals and society in any place and any time. This allows us to become more sensitive to our own thoughts, behaviours, and responses to the world around us.


 Ancient World Network Pilot Programme, 2018


Seminars hosted by Loreto Sixth Form College, Manchester; Residential hosted by Corpus Christi College, Oxford


Wednesday, January 10th, MONEY.


Tuesday, February 13th, POWER AND OPPRESSION.  


Wednesday, March 14th, WAR.


Tuesday, April 17th, POLITICS.


The series was followed by an Ancient World Residential in June 2018 at Corpus Christi College.

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