The myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans are some of the most exciting stories ever told. From Theseus outwitting the Minotaur to Odysseus escaping the one-eyed cyclops, and the innumerable stories of love involving the gods and goddesses of Mount Olympus, as well as an array of over-the-top superheroes, these tales are the foundation stone on which Western civilization was built. Because of that it is no surprise to learn they have been loved by artists from the moment they were first told until the present day. And because of this we can use visual art to learn these ancient stories and at the same time expand our appreciation and enjoyment of some of the greatest paintings and sculptures ever made.

Enjoyable, exciting and often an emotional rollercoaster of a ride, on this course you will join novelist and art historian Dr Michael Paraskos to discover some of the key works by ancient writers, including Hesiod, Homer and Ovid, and have the pleasure of unearthing some of the art they inspired.

No previous knowledge of art or ancient culture or mythology is needed to join.

About the tutor

Dr Michael Paraskos is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Programme Officer in the art history department at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Michael is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction and has published very widely on art of this period, as well as reviewing exhibitions and novels for BBC Radio 4’s Front Row and The Spectator magazine.

Questions regarding the content and teaching of the above course should be sent to the tutor, Dr Michael Paraskos, mp65@soas.ac.uk.

Enrolment infos

Imperial College undergraduates and postgraduates may, if they wish, acquire 2 ECTS credits after successfully completing their Evening Class. To qualify, a student must attend the classes regularly and pass a test at the end of the second term. Students will be invited to apply in the second term to take the test.