Classics

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

Classics

Greek Religion: The Nature of the Gods

Greek Religion: The Nature of the Gods

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Greek religion, focusing in particular on the nature of the gods in Greek thought. In the first module, we think about the concept of anthropomorphism (i.e. the fact that the...

Dr Emma Aston

Reading University

Classics

Greek Religion: Hero Cult

Greek Religion: Hero Cult

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the ancient Greek institution of the hero cult. In the first module, we describe what a hero cult actually is, thinking in particular about the different meanings of the word...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics

Greek Religion: Mystery Cult

Greek Religion: Mystery Cult

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the Greek institution of mystery cults, focusing in particular on the Eleusinian and Dionysian Mysteries. In the first module, we think about what a mystery cult actually was – what...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics

The Invention of the Barbarian

The Invention of the Barbarian

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King's College, London) explores how the Greeks saw themselves as distinct from their 'barbarian' neighbours, especially in the context of the Greco-Persian wars of the early 5th century BC. In the first module, we...

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

Classics

Democracy: Ancient and Modern

Democracy: Ancient and Modern

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores compares and contrasts the democracy of Classical Athens with that of the United Kingdom in the 21st century. The course begins by considering the origins of democracy in Athens, thinking...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics

Herodotus: Histories

Herodotus: Histories

In this course, Professor Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores the Histories of Herodotus. In the first module, we discuss what the Histories are actually about, before thinking about the form of the Histories—its overall structure, as well as Herodotus’...

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University