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History

The Reign of James I, 1567-1625

In this course, Dr David Smith (University of Cambridge) explores the reign of James I of England (also James VI of Scotland). The course begins by thinking about James’ reputation among modern historians, before considering his reign in four...

5 lectures

0:44:09

Dr David Smith

Cambridge University

English Literature

Wilde: The Picture of Dorian Gray

In this course, Professor Nick Groom (University of Exeter) explores Oscar Wilde's 1890 novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray. The course begins with a brief introduction to Wilde himself, his life and times, as well as some of the key...

5 lectures

0:54:22

Prof. Nick Groom

Exeter University

History

International Relations in Europe, 1914-39

In this course, Professor David Stevenson (London School of Economics) explores international relations in Europe in the period 1914-39. We begin by thinking about the origins of the First World War and the extent to which each of the major...

6 lectures

1:07:51

Prof. David Stevenson

London School of Economics

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Philosophy of Religion: The Existence of God

In this course, Professor John Cottingham (University of Reading) explores some of the classic arguments for the existence of God – and their criticisms. In the first module, we think about some of the Classical antecedents to later Christian...

4 lectures

0:50:32

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

History

The Third Crusade, 1189-92

In this course, Dr Nicholas Morton (Nottingham Trent University) explores the Third Crusade (1189-92). We start by thinking about the origins of the Third Crusade, focusing in particular on the annihilation of the Crusader forces at the Battle of...

4 lectures

0:38:16

Dr Nicholas Morton

Nottingham Trent University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes

In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) provides a critical study of three plays of Aristophanes – The Acharnians (425 BC), The Knights (424 BC) and Peace (421 BC) – in their theatrical, religious, social, and political context. In...

8 lectures

1:14:49

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

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...

6 lectures

1:00:13

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre: Music and Song

In this course, Dr Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) explores the use of music in ancient tragedy, thinking in particular about the kinds of musical instruments that were used, the metre, rhythm, and melodies of tragic poetry. The course ends...

5 lectures

0:36:44

Dr Armand D'Angour

Oxford University

History

The Rise of Italian Fascism, 1911-39

In this course, Dr Hannah Malone (University of Cambridge) explores the rise of Italian Fascism, focusing in particular on five key questions: (1) How did the experience of the First World War contribute to the rise of Fascism? (2) Was...

7 lectures

0:55:47

Dr Hannah Malone

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Frogs

This course provides close reading and analysis of Aristophanes’ Frogs, focusing on the prescribed material for the OCR A-Level in Classical Greek. All passages are presented in the original Greek with a facing English translation, while...

7 lectures

1:17:02

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

English Literature

Dickens: Hard Times

In this course, Professor John Bowen (University of York) explores the concepts of philosophy and performance in Charles Dickens’ Hard Times. In particular, we consider the presentation of reason and rationality in the novel (as represented by Mr...

5 lectures

0:53:40

Prof. John Bowen

York University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Clouds

In this course, we explore Aristophanes’ Clouds, thinking in particular about where the play sits in Aristophanes’ life and career, its distinctive structure and themes, the presentation of Socrates in the play, and what it is that makes the play...

8 lectures

0:29:08

Dr James Robson

Open University

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