Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Medea

In this module, we explore Euripides' Medea, a tragedy in which a Medea kills her own children to get back at Jason, who has left her for another woman. The course begins by looking at the myth of Medea and...

6 lectures

0:50:51

Dr Lucy Jackson

King's College, London

Philosophy

The Philosophy of Equality

At least since the French Revolution, equality has served as one of the leading ideals of the body politic, and today remains one of the key tenets in modern Western democracies. But is equality always a good thing? Is it...

5 lectures

1:06:53

Dr Nikolas Kirby

Oxford University

Philosophy

Utilitarianism

Utilitarianism is the belief that the right action is the one that maximises happiness. The philosophy theory has its origins in the hedonism of Aristippus and Epicurus, though reached its most well-known form in the writings of Jeremy Bentham and...

5 lectures

0:47:58

Dr Claire Benn

Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

This course examines the life of Socrates, before looking at his famous philosophical method and asking, why was Socrates so interested in defining what things mean? After this, we look more closely at two early dialogues of Plato which feature...

8 lectures

1:23:58

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

Philosophy

Nietzsche: On the Genealogy of Morality

Published in 1887, the Genealogy of Morality is the locus classicus of Nietzsche's criticism of contemporary morality and religion. The book is divided into three essays: the first deals with the origins of Christian and contemporary secular...

4 lectures

0:40:42

Mr Ben Martin

Oxford University

English Literature

The Medieval Revival in Victorian Literature

This wide-ranging course examines why so many writers and artists of the Victorian period were so obsessed with the Middle Ages, a concept known as 'Medievalism'. We begin by exploring the work of Walter Scott, whose pseudo-historical novels such...

4 lectures

0:43:19

Dr Gabriel Schenk

Oxford University

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s...

10 lectures

2:08:55

Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry and Prose of Seamus Heaney

The American poet Robert Lowell described Seamus Heaney as the greatest Irish poet since W. B. Yeats, and many noted the coincidence that Heaney was born in the year that Yeats died. A Nobel prize winner and Ireland's unofficial national...

8 lectures

1:37:33

Dr Rosie Lavan

Trinity College, Dublin

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre: The Chorus

For modern readers, the chorus is one of the most challenging aspects of Greek drama. Yet the chorus is an integral feature of both tragedy and comedy, and to engage fully with the plays, it’s essential to understand the role...

4 lectures

1:03:58

Dr Laura Swift

Open University

English Literature

Gothic Literature

For many, the genre of gothic horror is epitomised by the novels Frankenstein and Dracula. In this course, we explore the origins of the genre through lesser-known, but no less influential works, the Castle of Otranto (1764) and The Monk...

16 lectures

1:23:46

Dr Elly McCausland

York University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero

In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Cicero's life and times through six legal and political speeches, from his first speech (Pro Roscio Amerino), delivered when he was just 26, through the speeches...

6 lectures

1:58:39

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre

In this course, we explore fifth-century Greek theatre, focusing in particular on the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. In this course, we look at key dramatic conventions of fifth-century theatre, the relationship...

5 lectures

1:12:08

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University