Alexander the Great

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Course code: HSR5

An introduction to Alexander the Great

When and where


From 10 Jan 2024 to 20 Mar 2024
Wed 10:00-12:00

10 weeks

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07 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

21 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

28 Feb 2024

10:00 to 12:00

06 Mar 2024

10:00 to 12:00

13 Mar 2024

10:00 to 12:00

20 Mar 2024

10:00 to 12:00

with Richard Stride


Stoke Lodge 

Stoke Lodge Centre, Shirehampton Road
Stoke Bishop


Fees and concessions

The fee for this course is £150.00.

The full (undiscounted) tuition fee for this course is £150.00, the concession rate is £90.00.


Bristol Adult Learning

0117 903 8844


<p><span style="font-size:14px">Who was Alexander? Why was he so ‘Great’? Come and discover the extraordinary life of this young man who was one of the few individuals who can be said to have truly ‘changed history’.</span></p>

What can students expect?

<p><span style="font-size:14px">This course is specifically aimed at students who have heard of Alexander but know very little about him. In this course we will look at his character, his achievements, and his background. This will be underpinned by an introduction to the main sources for his life and how they leave frustrating gaps which will allow us to discuss our own theories about key aspects of his character. We will focus on his upbringing by his fiery father and manipulative mother, his creation of a vast empire that spanned from Greece to India, his troubled personal life and his relationships with his friends and family as well as his campaigns and conquests.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">No prior knowledge of the ancient world is required, and don’t worry there won’t be any ancient Greek language either.</span></p>

Late starters allowed?

<p><span style="font-size:14px">Yes</span></p>

Previous experience required?

<p><span style="font-size:14px">No</span></p>

What is the progression route?

<p><span style="font-size:14px">I offer a range of courses on the classical world, including Homer’s Iliad (Alexander’s favourite book) Women in the classical world, Ancient Sparta and Greek theatre.</span></p>

Teaching method/style?

<p><span style="font-size:14px">I describe my style as ‘informal lecture’. I aim to use pictures wherever possible, and I welcome interruptions, questions and digressions.</span></p>

Refunds and cancellations

<p><span style="font-size:14px">If we have to cancel your course your fees will be refunded in full. We are unable to reimburse the cost of materials you may have bought for the course.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">If you cancel your course booking a week (7 days) or more before the start date we will refund your fees minus an admin charge of 20%.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">If you cancel with less than a week (7 days) before the start date or after the course has started, we will not be able to refund your fees.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">Transfers will incur a fee of 10% and must be requested 7 days or more before the start of a course unless you are transferring to another course because your original course was cancelled.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">We are not able to offer refunds due to sickness or ill health.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">If you are due a refund you must contact the office within 3 months of the course to arrange payment as we do not keep card details.</span></p>

<p><span style="font-size:14px">When attending an online course, it is a learner’s responsibility to ensure they have adequate internet access before the start of a course. Refunds will not be given for technical failure of a learner’s home computer or their internet access.</span></p>