Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians: Cleisthenes

Democracy and the Athenians: Cleisthenes

In this course, Dr Tom Hooper (University of Cambridge) explores the democracy reforms of Cleisthenes in the early 6th century BC. We begin by thinking about the development of the Athenian constitution in the sixth century, including the reforms of...

Dr Tom Hooper

Institute of Classical Studies, London

Classics & Ancient History

Imperial Image

Imperial Image

In this course, Dr Hannah Cornwell (University of Birmingham) explores Augustus' self-presentation and management of public opinion during his reign as Emperor. In the first module, we explore the evolution of Augustus' names, from his birth name of Gaius Octavius...

Dr Hannah Cornwell

Birmingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Histories: Book 1

Tacitus: Histories: Book 1

In this course, Dr Ellen O'Gorman (University of Bristol) explores Tacitus' Histories, focusing in particular on Book 1. We begin by providing a broader introduction to the Histories, thinking about the scope of the work, as well as how the...

Dr Ellen O'Gorman

Bristol University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Virgil's Aeneid. In the first module, we think about the theme of the city in the poem, focusing in particular on the centrality of the city of Carthage, the use...

Dr Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians: 5th Century

Democracy and the Athenians: 5th Century

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores the development and operation of Athenian democracy in the fifth century BC. In the first module, we think about the kind of society that existed in Attica in the sixth...

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Symposium

Plato: Symposium

In this course, Dr Frisbee Sheffield (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Symposium. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the Symposium, including the historical, social, cultural and philosophical context. After that, we go through each of the speeches in...

Dr Frisbee Sheffield

Cambridge University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Phaedo

Plato: Phaedo

In this course, Professor David Sedley (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Phaedo, in which several arguments are made for the immortality of the soul. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the dialogue, focusing in particular on the historical...

Prof. David Sedley

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Odyssey

Homer: Odyssey

In this course, Professor Richard Jenkyns (University of Oxford) explores Homer's Odyssey. We begin by thinking about the nature of the poem, focusing in particular on the nature of oral poetry and the Odyssey's relationship (if any) with the Iliad....

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Sappho

Sappho

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King's College, London) explores the poetry of Sappho. In the first module, we think about some of the myths surrounding Sappho before focusing on what we actually know about when and where she lived,...

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC

The Persian Wars, 490-479 BC

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores the Greco-Persian Wars of 490-79 BC. We begin by exploring the concept of Greekness before turning in the second module to think about the extent to which the Greeks formed...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic

Politics of the Late Republic

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores the politics of the late Republic, from the death of Tiberius Gracchus (133 BC) to the death of Cicero (43 BC). We begin by thinking about how the Roman constitution...

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: The Nature of the Gods

Greek Religion: The Nature of the Gods

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Greek religion, focusing in particular on the nature of the gods in Greek thought. In the first module, we think about the concept of anthropomorphism (i.e. the fact that the...

Dr Emma Aston

Reading University