Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Iliad

Homer: Iliad

In this course, we explore several aspects of Homer’s Iliad. The course begins with a consideration of one of the most fundamental questions asked of the Homeric epics – the so-called Homeric Question – which asks whether the Iliad was...

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

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 History

Ovid: Metamorphoses (Book 3.511-733)

Ovid: Metamorphoses (Book 3.511-733)

In this course, we explore the prescribed section of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Book 3.511-733). In particular, we think about the depiction of Pentheus and the humour contained in that episode, before exploring the many ways in which this section of the...

Dr Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, we explore several aspects of Virgil’s Aeneid – looking in particular at the following issues: first, Dido and Aeneas, and who we should blame for what happens; second, Augustus, and his influence on the Aeneid; third, Aeneas,...

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: De Imperio

Cicero: De Imperio

This course explores several aspects of Cicero’s speech De Imperio Cn Pompeii, which was delivered in the Roman Forum in 66 BC. In particular, we think about the speech both as a performance in the Forum and as a written...

Dr Alison Rosenblitt

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: De Imperio

Cicero: De Imperio

In this course, Henriette van der Blom (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero's speech 'De Imperio Cn Pompeii', delivered in 66 BC. The course begins with an introduction to oratory in Rome, including the different kinds of speeches that an orator...

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Birmingham University