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Can we understand our present if we do not understand our past? From Europe to Asia, and the medieval period to the modern day, explore the events and characters that have shaped our world. WEA Sydney offers the chance to study in a relaxed environment and our central CBD location is easily accessible by public transport.

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What Are Archaeologists Desperate to Find?

The application of new scientific methods to archaeology in the 21st C has resulted in some significant finds, but archaeologists are still looking for the lost tombs of Cleopatra, Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan. The Ark of the Covenant has been missing since 586 BC . The quest to find the Holy Grail and the Treasury of the Knights Templar has been the subject of countless stories, documentaries and films. Archaeologists would also love to find the Crown Jewels of England... [More]
$74 Limited inc GST / $67
What Are Archaeologists Desperate to Find?

<p>The application of new scientific methods to archaeology in the 21st C has resulted in some significant finds, but archaeologists are still looking for the lost tombs of Cleopatra, Alexander the

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Palestine and the Palestinians

What we know about the Palestinians today we tend to know through the modern conflict between Israeli and Arab peoples or because of the struggle for control within Palestine between Hamas and Fatah. But what exactly is Palestine and who are the Palestinians? Is there a discreet and definable nation called Palestine? The Palestinian people today claim a heritage in the area for thousands of years, a claim that has been disputed by some non-Palestinians. This course looks at... [More]
$149 Limited inc GST / $134
Palestine and the Palestinians

<p>What we know about the Palestinians today we tend to know through the modern conflict between Israeli and Arab peoples or because of the struggle for control within Palestine between Hamas and

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$149 Limited inc GST / $134
Palestine and the Palestinians

<p>What we know about the Palestinians today we tend to know through the modern conflict between Israeli and Arab peoples or because of the struggle for control within Palestine between Hamas and

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Maritime Medicine - The History of Health at Sea

Going to sea in the past could kill you in any number of ways – injury and infection, malnutrition and bad water, disease and disability. What did they know about keeping sailors alive and how successful were their efforts? Today we will look at everyday health and medical care in the past and how it played out on the voyages that brought our ancestors across the seas. DELIVERY MODE Face-to-Face COURSE OUTLINE Food (and scurvy), Drink Hygiene, Sleep Diseases and infection,... [More]
$67 Limited inc GST
Maritime Medicine - The History of Health at Sea

<p>Going to sea in the past could kill you in any number of ways – injury and infection, malnutrition and bad water, disease and disability. What did they know about keeping sailors alive and how

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Beersheba 1917 - Facts, Myths and Jingoism

The Battle of Beersheba was fought on 31 October 1917 by members of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. It was a small but important tactical victory in the wider context of British-led operations against the Ottoman Empire. Regrettably the battle has become surrounded in myths which over-emphasise its achievement. This lecture will address the campaign in the Middle East and the details of the battle itself. We will also unpick the myths, most notably that it was ‘the last great cavalry... [More]
$24 Limited inc GST
Beersheba 1917 - Facts, Myths and Jingoism

<p>The Battle of Beersheba was fought on 31 October 1917 by members of the 4th Light Horse Brigade. It was a small but important tactical victory in the wider context of British-led operations against

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The Real Cleopatra

Cleopatra, the last ruler of ancient Egypt, was reputed for her beauty and was so well-loved among her people that three centuries after her death, she was still worshipped in Egypt, although her family was Greek. She is one of the few queens of the ancient world who was strong enough and wily enough to rule alone. She was able to manipulate her public image to get powerful men to give her what she wanted. We look at her life, her lovers, and some of those who have portrayed her on... [More]
$49 Limited inc GST
The Real Cleopatra

<p>Cleopatra, the last ruler of ancient Egypt, was reputed for her beauty and was so well-loved among her people that three centuries after her death, she was still worshipped in Egypt, although her

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Even More Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

Historical figures who are widely regarded as “mad bad and dangerous to know” have sometimes been attacked by their contemporary and later enemies. Students of history need to be alert for propaganda and hidden agendas in these negative accounts. Caligula, Nero and Domitian have attracted many derogatory accounts of their reigns in the 1st Century AD Roman Empire. President Bill Clinton was besieged by political enemies throughout his controversial presidency but also lauded for... [More]
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Even More Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know

<p>Historical figures who are widely regarded as “mad bad and dangerous to know” have sometimes been attacked by their contemporary and later enemies. Students of history need to be alert for

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Notable Latin Americans of the 20th Century

Latin America is packed with notable personalities who became world-renowned for their own talent and influential work. The list includes, among others, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez, two of the greatest Nobel Prize-Winners who have been left their mark on literature; the Mexican painter Frida Kahlo whose art addressed themes of illness, matriarchy, and indigenous beauty; Cuban-born singer Celia Cruz who became the “Queen of Salsa”; the... [More]
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Notable Latin Americans of the 20th Century

<p>Latin America is packed with notable personalities who became world-renowned for their own talent and influential work. The list includes, among others, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Colombian

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$39 Limited inc GST
Notable Latin Americans of the 20th Century

<p>Latin America is packed with notable personalities who became world-renowned for their own talent and influential work. The list includes, among others, the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, Colombian

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Deadly Alliances in History

Secret alliances and agreements throughout History often have short term benefits for individuals rather than the longer term intended benefits for nation states. Short term power plays can result in longer term damage and violence as political circumstances change and evidence of corrupt motives for the original agreements surface. The Non-Aggression Pact of August 1939 secured the USSR as a very unlikely ally of Nazi Germany for 22 months during the early years of World War II.... [More]
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Deadly Alliances in History

<p>Secret alliances and agreements throughout History often have short term benefits for individuals rather than the longer term intended benefits for nation states. Short term power plays can result

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Cancelled Christmasses

The COVID epidemic prevented millions of people from celebrating Christmas as they usually do. But in various countries at various times, authorities have cancelled Christmas altogether because they felt the celebrations diverted people’s attention from more important things. Today we look at the reasoning behind several of these bans – English Puritans in 1650, French revolutionaries in 1793, and the Soviet government in 1929. Today some local councils in the United States and... [More]
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Cancelled Christmasses

<p>The COVID epidemic prevented millions of people from celebrating Christmas as they usually do. But in various countries at various times, authorities have cancelled Christmas altogether because

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Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?

St Nicholas was a real person, a bishop in Turkey in the Byzantine era, but the legends that were created about that character went far beyond that, expressing a folklore built on earlier Classical myths, interacting with other northern midwinter folkloric characters that were re used by Christian perspectives. We explore the history, the legends, and the evolution of intangible culture of various characters to the evolution of today’s Santa Claus to answer the question, who is... [More]
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Will the Real Santa Claus Please Stand Up?

<p>St Nicholas was a real person, a bishop in Turkey in the Byzantine era, but the legends that were created about that character went far beyond that, expressing a folklore built on earlier Classical

...

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