Class : Egypt Part 1 - Gods and Pyramids
Egypt was a superpower in the Near East for over 3000 years. By the time Cleopatra came to the throne, the pyramids were thousands of years old, and she would have considered their builders to have been “ancient,” much as we do. In this class, we will study the glory days of truly ancient Egypt, covering the emergence of royal power, exalted gods, and military might. And we will spend time considering the tale of the once lost Egyptian hieroglyphs and how they came to reveal their secrets to the modern world.
Instructor:DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University, has taught ancient and medieval history at Marshall University since 2008, where she has won several awards for teaching. She received her PhD in history from The Ohio State University and has studied at Vassar College, Newnham College, Cambridge, and most recently, Vermont College of Fine Arts. She enjoys teaching classes on fascinating peoples of the past, including Vikings, Romans, Ancient Egyptians, and Celts. She runs the History Club at Marshall and enjoys organizing the yearly Viking Feast and Yuletide Celebration. If you google her, you will find some of her creative essays online. She has written about medieval spirituality, medieval embroidery, and medieval hair. She is currently writing a biography of the Norwegian Nobel-prize-winning writer, Sigrid Undset titled A World Perilous and Beautiful.
Aegean Bronze Age Art: Meaning in the Making by Karl Knappett
Creators, Conquerors, and Citizens by Robin Waterfield
A History of Ancient Greece in 50 Lives by David Stuttard
Phillip and Alexander: Kings and Conquerors by Adrian Goldsworthy
Red Land, Black Land: Daily Life in Ancient Egypt by Barbara Mertz
When Women Ruled the World by Kara Cooney
Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
Note: The OCPL is in the process of acquiring as many of the above titles as possible.
People's University: Ancient History
Class 1-Jan. 5, 2023 at 7 pm: Egypt Part 1 - Gods and Pyramids - Instructor: DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University
Class 2-Jan. 12, 2023 at 7 pm: Egypt Part 2 - The Pharaohs-Instructor: DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University
Class 3-Jan. 19, 2023 at 7 pm: Greece Part 1 - Minoan, Mycenean, and Homeric - Instructor: DR. MARIE N. PAREJA CUMMINGS, Marshall University
Class 4-Jan. 26, 2023 at 7 pm: Greece Part 2-Archaic and Classical - Instructor: DR. MARIE N. PAREJA CUMMINGS, Marshall University
Class 5-Feb. 2, 2023 at 7 pm: Greece Part 3 - Alexander the Great and the Hellenistic Egypt -Instructor: DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University
Class 6-Feb. 9, 2023 at 7 pm: Rome Part 1-The Period of the Kings through the Republic - Instructor: DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University
Class 7-Feb. 16, 2023 at 7 pm: Rome Part 2-Early Empire - Instructor: DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University
Class 8- Feb. 23, 2023 at 7 pm: THE TRAGEDY OF POMPEII - Instructor: DR. LAURA MICHELE DIENER, Marshall University
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In 1951, the Ohio County Public Library's librarian, Virginia Ebeling, referenced British historian Thomas Carlyle, who said, “the public library is a People’s University,” when she initiated a new adult education program with that name. Miss Ebeling charged the library with the responsibility of reaching “as many people in the community as possible.” In keeping with that tradition of public libraries as sanctuaries of free learning for all people, the Ohio County Public Library revived the series in 2010.
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