Course overview

This online course is a progression from the autumn course "The Golden Age of Persia". However, new learners are warmly welcomed. How did the Persian Empire become not just a match for the Roman world, but even surpass it? The aim of this course is to conduct a study of the grandeur of that age. We will explore how Sasanian Persia dealt with the threat of the White Huns as well as the rivalry with Rome in the 5th Century. We will also examine the evolving character of Iranian society and its relationship with Armenia.

Course description

This intermediate course will move on to explore key characters and events of the period. We will explore the grandeur of Sasanian imperial architecture and identify main features of that architecture. The course will also be an opportunity to investigate the characteristics of the White Huns. We will also look at the reasons for the importance of Armenia in the 5th Century, and analyse the importance of Mazdak's doctrines for Persian Society.

This is an online course with an experienced tutor. There will be clear learning outcomes which will enable learners to chart their progress of knowledge over this fascinating period. There will be an opportunity for group discussion, individual research and activities, in order to bring this fascinating era alive.

Learners are encouraged to research the period either through reading material or other forms of media. Although this is not mandatory it may certainly whet your appetite for the course itself and enrich learner contribution.

What financial support is available?

We don't want anything to stand in your way when it comes to bringing Adult learning within reach so if you need anything to support you to achieve your goals then speak to one of our education experts during your enrolment journey. Most of our courses are government funded but if you don't qualify or need alternative financial help to access them then let us know.

What other support is available?

All of our digital content, teaching and learning activities and assessments are designed to be accessible so if you need any additional support you can discuss this with the education experts during your enrolment journey and we will do all we can to make sure you have optimal access.

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