Classics

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

Classics

Athenian Democracy: The Reforms of Cleisthenes

Athenian Democracy: The Reforms of Cleisthenes

In this course, Dr Tom Hooper (University of Cambridge) explores the democracy reforms of Cleisthenes in the early 6th century BC. We begin by thinking about the development of the Athenian constitution in the sixth century, including the reforms of...

Dr Tom Hooper

Institute of Classical Studies, London

Classics

Athenian Democracy: 5th Century BC

Athenian Democracy: 5th Century BC

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores the development and operation of Athenian democracy in the fifth century BC. In the first module, we think about the kind of society that existed in Attica in the sixth...

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

Classics

The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC

The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores the Greco-Persian Wars of 490-79 BC. We begin by exploring the concept of Greekness before turning in the second module to think about the extent to which the Greeks formed...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

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