Classics & Ancient History

The history, literature, culture, philosophy and languages of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores several aspects of Greek tragedy and comedy. In the first module, we think about the contribution made by vase painting to our understanding of Greek theatre. After that ...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores several aspects of the politics of the Late Republic. In the first module, we think about the extent to which structural deficits within the Republican constitution were responsible for its collapse ...

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

The Persian Empire, c.550-330 BC

In this course, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff) presents the Persian Empire through non-Greek sources including Persian art and architecture, sculpture and epigraphy, and parts of the Hebrew Bible. In the first module, we think about ...

Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Cardiff University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Germanicus and Piso

In this course, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores the story of Germanicus and Piso in Tacitus’ Annals. In the first module, we think about the figure of Germanicus himself, Tiberius’ adopted son and his heir-apparent ...

Dr Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, Dr Sharon Marshall explores Virgil’s Aeneid through five key questions. In the first module, we think about whether the Aeneid should be read as a pro- or anti-Augustan poem. After that, we explore the nature of the relationship ...

Dr Sharon Marshall

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Horace: Odes and Satires

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Horace’s Odes and Satires. The first two modules focus on the Odes. In the first, we think about the nature of Horace’s lyric poetry, focusing in particular on what ...

Dr Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Apuleius: Cupid and Psyche

In this course, Dr Regine May (University of Leeds) explores the story of Cupid and Psyche in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. In the first module, we think about the literary and historical context of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, before turning in the second ...

Dr Regine May

Leeds University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Women

In this course, Dr Emily Hauser (University of Exeter) explores the status and role of women in the Iliad and the Odyssey. In the first module, we think about why women matter in Homer, and the difficulty of recovering the experience of ancient women ...

Dr Emily Hauser

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Histories: Book 1

In this module, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores Tacitus’ Histories, Book 1. In the first module, we provide an introduction to Tacitus and the Histories at a whole, before turning in the second and third modules to the figures of ...

Dr Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Herodotus: Histories: Book 7

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Book 7 of Herodotus’ Histories. We begin by thinking about Herodotus as a historian, the aims in his ‘Histories’, and the extent to which the ‘Histories’ represents both a ...

Dr Emma Aston

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Polis Religion

In this course, Professor Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) thinks about Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood’s theory of ‘polis religion’ as a means of understanding Greek religious practice. We begin in the first module by thinking about some of the ...

Prof. Esther Eidinow

Bristol University

Classics & Ancient History

Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. We begin by thinking about the plot of the play, focusing in particular on the Aristotelian concepts of reversal and recognition, as well as the ...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University