Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Stoicism

In this course, Dr Liz Gloyn (Royal Holloway, University of London) thinks about Seneca's attitudes towards love and relationships in a course designed for the 'Love and Relationships' option for OCR A Level Classical Civilization (H408/32). in...

5 lectures

0:39:58

Dr Liz Gloyn

Royal Holloway, London

Classics & Ancient History

Apuleius: Cupid and Psyche

In this course, Professor Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow University) explores the story of Cupid and Psyche in Apuleius' Metamorphoses. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Apuleius and his Metamorphoses, before turning in the...

8 lectures

1:36:57

Prof. Costas Panayotakis

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Ancient Thebes

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores the history of Thebes from the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC) to its destruction at the hands of Alexander the Great in 335 BC. In the first module, we think about the...

8 lectures

1:42:36

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Pliny: Regulus

In this course, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores the story of Regulus found in Pliny’s Epistles that forms one of the prose set texts for OCR GCSE Latin (J282). In the first module, we provide some of the social, cultural and...

3 lectures

0:26:00

Dr Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Invention of the Barbarian – Aeschylus and Herodotus

In this course, Professor Lynette Mitchell (University of Exeter) explores the presentation of Persians and other non-Greeks (‘barbarians’) in Aeschylus’ Persians and Herodotus’ Histories. In the first module, we offer a brief history of the...

6 lectures

0:54:02

Prof. Lynette Mitchell

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art – Vase-Painting

In this course, Professor Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores vase-painting in the Greek world from the eighth century to the middle of the fifth century BC, tracing a narrative that includes each of the vases on the OCR A Level...

6 lectures

0:58:30

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Frogs

In this course, Dr Naomi Scott (University of Nottingham) explores Aristophanes’ Frogs. In the first module, we think about the social, political and historical context of Aristophanes’ Frogs. In the second module, we think about the role of myth...

5 lectures

0:33:53

Dr Naomi Scott

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Ancient Historiography

In this course, Professor Matthew Fox (University of Glasgow) provides a broad introduction the writing of history (or ‘historiography’) in the Greek and Roman world. In the first module, we think about some of the key issues when approaching...

5 lectures

0:56:50

Prof. Matthew Fox

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer

In this course, Dr Emily Hauser (University of Exeter) provides a comprehensive introduction to Homer. In the first module, we think about the Iliad and Odyssey as ‘oral poems’ and consider this should impact how we read them. The following four...

11 lectures

1:41:31

Dr Emily Hauser

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero the Correspondent

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero as a correspondent in a set of lectures designed to be used alongside the OCR A Level Classical Civilization option, ‘Politics and the Late Republic’. In the first...

4 lectures

0:31:47

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero the Orator

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero as an orator in a set of lectures designed to be used alongside the OCR A Level Classical Civilization option, ‘Politics and the Late Republic’. In the first module,...

3 lectures

0:27:38

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre

In this course, Professor Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge) explores several aspects of Greek tragedy and comedy, focusing in particular on Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Euripides’ Bacchae, and Aristophanes’ Frogs. The first module provides...

6 lectures

0:53:17

Prof. Simon Goldhill

Cambridge University