Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Polis Religion

Greek Religion: Polis Religion

In this course, Professor Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) thinks about Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood’s theory of ‘polis religion’ as a means of understanding Greek religious practice. We begin in the first module by thinking about some of the ...

Prof. Esther Eidinow

Bristol University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Oracles

Greek Religion: Oracles

In this course, Professor Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) talks about Greek religion, focusing in particular on the institution of the oracle. In the first module, we provide an introduction to what oracles actually were, where they were located, and...

Prof. Esther Eidinow

Bristol University

Classics & Ancient History

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 & Ancient History

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 & Ancient History

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