Classics

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

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

Classics

Alexander the Great

Alexander the Great

In this course, we explore the life, achievements, and legacy of Alexander the Great. In particular, we look at Alexander’s military career, his women and his relationship with the gods to ask the question, Alexander the Great – hero or...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics

Ancient Sparta

Ancient Sparta

In this lecture, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) examines the ancient city-state of Sparta. In the first module, we discuss the evidence for ancient Sparta, noting the tendency for both contemporary and later writers to exaggerate stories about Sparta...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University