Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC

The Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) gives a detailed account of the Peloponnesian War, 431-404 BC. We begin by clarifying some of the terminology used to discuss the war, including the question of what we should ...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Iliad: Characterisation

Homer: Iliad: Characterisation

In this course, Professor Richard Jenkyns (University of Oxford) explores the theme of characterisation in Homer's Iliad, focusing in particular on fourteen key characters. In the first module, we think about what we mean by the terms 'character' and ...

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: Second Philippic

Cicero: Second Philippic

In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero’s Second Philippic. We begin by outlining the historical background to the speech, starting with the assassination of Caesar on 15 March and ending with the dramatic date of ...

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek and Latin Metre

Greek and Latin Metre

In this course, Professor Armand D’Angour (University of Oxford) introduces some of the more popular metrical forms of Greek and Latin poetry. In the first module, we look at dactylic hexameter, the metre used in Greek and Roman epic poetry....

Dr Armand D'Angour

Oxford 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

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca: Letters

Seneca: Letters

In this course, Dr Liz Gloyn (Royal Holloway, University of London) explores Seneca’s Epistulae Morales. We begin by providing a brief overview of Seneca’s life and literary output, before focusing in more detail on the letter as a literary form....

Dr Liz Gloyn

Royal Holloway, London

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians: Solon

Democracy and the Athenians: Solon

In this course, Professor Hans van Wees (University College, London) explores the reforms of Solon in the early sixth century BC. We begin by thinking about the social and political problems faced by Athens in the period, before moving on...

Prof. Hans van Wees

University College London

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

Greek Art

In this course, Professor Judy Barringer (University of Edinburgh) explores Greek art, focusing in particular on vase-painting and sculpture from the seventh to the early fifth century BC. We begin by thinking about black-figure pottery, focusing in particular on the...

Prof. Judith Barringer

Edinburgh University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores the politics of the Late Republic through one of its central figures: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We begin by thinking about Cicero's early life and education, including his training in rhetoric...

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca: Letters

Seneca: Letters

In this course, Professor Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London) provides an introduction to Seneca the Younger and his Epistulae Morales. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Seneca's life, career, and literary output, before moving on in the...

Prof. Catharine Edwards

Birkbeck College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

In this course, Dr Henriette van der Blom (University of Birmingham) explores the politics of the Late Republic through one of its central figures: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Cicero's life and career as...

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Birmingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Odyssey

Homer: Odyssey

In this course, Professor Barbara Graziosi (University of Durham) explores Homer's Odyssey. We begin by thinking about the figure of Odysseus himself, focusing in particular on his status as a man 'of many turns' (Greek: polutropos). After that, we provide...

Prof. Barbara Graziosi

Durham University