Classics

Ancient Sparta

Ancient Sparta

In this lecture, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) examines the ancient city-state of Sparta. In the first module, we discuss the evidence for ancient Sparta, noting the tendency for both contemporary and later writers to exaggerate stories about Sparta...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

English Literature

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

In this course, Dr Marion Turner (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The course begins with a discussion of the opening lines of the General Prologue, before going on to discuss Chaucer himself, the so-called 'Father...

Prof. Marion Turner

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream

In this course, Professor Diane Purkiss (Oxford) explores Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, with a particular focus on some of the more magical aspects of the play. The course begins with an exploration of the idea of the "Midsummer Night"...

Prof. Diane Purkiss

Oxford University

Classics

Art and Architecture in the Greek World

Art and Architecture in the Greek World

In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these categories, we explore issues of style,...

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading University

English Literature

Victorian Literature and Darwin's Origin of Species

Victorian Literature and Darwin's Origin of Species

In this course, Dr Will Abberley (University of Oxford) explores the influence of Charles Darwin's 'Origin of Species' on contemporary works of Victorian literature: 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, 'The Coming Race' by Edward Bulwer-Lytton, and 'The Strange Case of...

Dr Will Abberley

Oxford University

English Literature

Shakespeare: The Tempest

Shakespeare: The Tempest

In this course, Dr Charles Moseley (Cambridge) explores Shakespeare's last play, 'The Tempest'. The first modules concentrate on historical context, looking in particular at the influence of the accession of King James to the throne, and the importance of the...

Dr Charles Moseley

Cambridge University