Classics

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

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

Classics

Cicero: Six Key Speeches

Cicero: Six Key Speeches

The historian Michael Grant said "the influence of Cicero upon the history of European literature and ideas greatly exceeds that of any other prose writer in any language". This course provides an introduction to Cicero's life and times through six...

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics

Greek Tragedy and Comedy: An Introduction

Greek Tragedy and Comedy: An Introduction

In this course, we explore fifth-century Greek theatre, focusing in particular on the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes. In this course, we look at key dramatic conventions of fifth-century theatre, the relationship between the tragedy/comedy and contemporary politics...

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University