Classics

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

Classics

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

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

Classics

Euripides: Medea

Euripides: Medea

In this module, we explore Euripides' Medea, a tragedy in which a Medea kills her own children to get back at Jason, who has left her for another woman. The course begins by looking at the myth of Medea and...

Dr Lucy Jackson

King's College, London

Philosophy

Classics

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

This course examines the life of Socrates, before looking at his famous philosophical method and asking, why was Socrates so interested in defining what things mean? After this, we look more closely at two early dialogues of Plato which feature...

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

English Literature

Classics

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s contemporaries: Thomas Kyd’s...

Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford University

Classics

Greek Tragedy and Comedy: The Chorus

Greek Tragedy and Comedy: The Chorus

For modern readers, the chorus is one of the most challenging aspects of Greek drama. Yet the chorus is an integral feature of both tragedy and comedy, and to engage fully with the plays, it’s essential to understand the role...

Dr Laura Swift

Open University