Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Hero Cult

Greek Religion: Hero Cult

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the ancient Greek institution of the hero cult. In the first module, we describe what a hero cult actually is, thinking in particular about the different meanings of the word...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Mystery Cult

Greek Religion: Mystery Cult

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the Greek institution of mystery cults, focusing in particular on the Eleusinian and Dionysian Mysteries. In the first module, we think about what a mystery cult actually was – what...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Plautus: The Brothers Menaechmus and the Swaggering Soldier

Plautus: The Brothers Menaechmus and the Swaggering Soldier

In this course, Professor John Wilkins (University of Exeter) provides a provide introduction to the comedy of Plautus, with a special focus on two plays in particular: The Brothers Menaechmus and The Swaggering Soldier. After a brief introduction to Roman...

Prof. John Wilkins

Exeter University

English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Tragedy: A Complete History

Tragedy: A Complete History

In this course, Professor John Lennard explores the history of tragedy from its origins in ancient Athens to the present day. In the first three modules, we think about the tragedy of Classical Athens, looking in particular at the plays...

Prof. John Lennard

Independent Scholar

Classics & Ancient History

Invention of the Barbarian

Invention of the Barbarian

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King's College, London) explores how the Greeks saw themselves as distinct from their 'barbarian' neighbours, especially in the context of the Greco-Persian wars of the early 5th century BC. In the first module, we...

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Bacchae

Euripides: Bacchae

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores Euripides' great tragedy, The Bacchae, which ends with the king of Thebes, Pentheus, being torn to pieces by his own mother, Agave. In the first module, we think about the...

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Acharnians

Aristophanes: Acharnians

In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) provides a close reading and analysis of Aristophanes' Acharnians, focusing in particular on the prescribed material for the OCR A-Level in Classical Greek. All passages are presented in the original Greek...

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Classics & Ancient History

Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) explores Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. In the first module, we think about where Sophocles chooses to start the story and how it proceeds, compared to other versions of the myth. After that,...

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

In this course, Professor Anthony Price (Birkbeck College, London) explores Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the first module, we explore the central concept of eudaimonia, or happiness, in Aristotle's ethics, before turning in the second module to the concept of egocentricity:...

Prof. Anthony Price

Birkbeck College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 10

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 10

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 10 of Virgil's Aeneid. In the first module, we consider the council of gods that opens the books, a supremely impressive occasion, no doubt, but one in which precisely...

Dr Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians

Democracy and the Athenians

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores compares and contrasts the democracy of Classical Athens with that of the United Kingdom in the 21st century. The course begins by considering the origins of democracy in Athens, thinking...

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Apology

Plato: Apology

In this course, Professor Angie Hobbs (University of Sheffield) explores Plato's Apology, his account of Socrates' trial for 'corrupting the youth' and 'not believing in the gods the state believes in' in Athens in 399 BC. The course begins by...

Professor Angie Hobbs

Sheffield University