Classics

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

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

Classics

Lysias: Against Simon

Lysias: Against Simon

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores Lysias’ speech Against Simon, a case apparently concerning a fight between two men over a boy, Theodotus. In particular, we think about the rule of law in ancient Athens, the...

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

History

Classics

Thucydides

Thucydides

In this course, Professor Neville Morley (University of Bristol) explores Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War, focusing on the key episodes in the text and thinking in particular about some of the historiographical issues that modern historians face when reading...

Prof. Neville Morley

Exeter University

Classics

Athenian Democracy

Athenian Democracy

In this course, we explore the development and operation of Athenian democracy. In the first half of the course, we outline the major landmarks in the development of development of democracy, from Solon in the early sixth century, through Cleisthenes...

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University