Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

Greek Art

In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these categories, we explore issues of style,...

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

Dr Elton Barker

Open University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Republic

Plato: Republic

In this course, Nakul Krishna (University of Oxford) considers some of the key philosophical problems in Plato's Republic. In the first module, he examines the fundamental question that the Republic is trying to answer: "Why should we be just?". In...

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Odyssey

Homer: Odyssey

In this course, we discuss four key themes in Homer's Odyssey. In the first module, we concentrate on the concept of oral poetry - the idea that the Odyssey was not originally written down, but passed orally from generation to...

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Annals: Book 15

Tacitus: Annals: Book 15

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores Book 15 of Tacitus' Annals. We begin by considering Tacitus as a historian. How does he construct his history, and how much can we trust him? We then give a...

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University