Online Courses Allow Children to Meet the Great Minds of the Past
Today is the anniversary of the birth of Alexander the Great in 356 B.C.E., and it’s a good moment to reflect on the greatness of ancient Greece. One of Alexander’s prized possessions was a copy of the Iliad annotated for him by Aristotle, his tutor in his formative years. In the fifth and fourth centuries, Greece—principally Athens—produced one of the great civilizations of all time. From it we get democracy, trial by paid jury, philosophy, the theater with its comedy and tragedy, the writing of history, foundational concepts of medicine and mathematics, and even the idea of higher education. The visual artistic output—expressed in everything from architecture to sculpture to pottery—is stunningly graceful and beautiful. The literary output—from the works of Plato and Aristotle to the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes and the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides—is seminal for Western culture. None of this is fully comprehensible without understanding the history of the period, the struggle with the Persian Empire, the rivalry between Athens and Sparta, the differences between the Dorians and Ionians, strategies of naval power verses that of a land army, and the weaponry, agriculture, and commerce that underpinned it all.
The Royal Fireworks Online Learning Community is offering a course on the History, Culture, and Literature of Greece in the Classical Age (490-322 B.C.). This course gives students a comprehensive look at this period, and it is only one of many special and challenging courses that you will not find in other venues. Equally exciting is Dr. Myriam Thompson’s History of Spain and Latin America course, along with her Spanish literature courses. Dr. Sharon Kaye’s course in Western philosophy: Justice, Faith, and Free Will, is another opportunity for high-level encounters with great minds who shaped Western civilization. And Ingrid Klass’s course on Eastern philosophy guides students to engage with some of the most important thinkers from Asia.
We are proud to be able to offer students opportunities to encounter the great minds of the past under the guidance of outstanding experts in a variety of fields. Register now for fall-semester and full-year courses.