Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

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...

6 lectures

0:48:28

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Philosophy

Classics & Ancient History

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...

16 lectures

1:13:28

Professor Angie Hobbs

Sheffield University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Annals: Book 1

In this course we explore Book 1 of Tacitus’ Annals, in which Tacitus describes the death of Augustus, the accession of Tiberius and the mutinies of the army in Pannonia and Germania. We consider not just what happened in those...

6 lectures

1:00:30

Dr Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: Pro Milone

In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero's defence of Titus Annius Milo, the Pro Milone. We start by considering the crime itself—the death of Publius Clodius Pulcher on the Appian War on 18 January 52 BC....

6 lectures

0:49:25

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Herodotus: Histories

In this course, Professor Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores the Histories of Herodotus. In the first module, we discuss what the Histories are actually about, before thinking about the form of the Histories—its overall structure, as...

4 lectures

0:45:57

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Catullus

In this course, Dr Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores the poetry of the Roman poet Catullus. In particular, we think about Catullus as a poet who combined the innovative and subversive with the traditional and conservative.

4 lectures

0:41:23

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Iliad

In this course, Professor Barbara Graziosi (Durham University) explores Homer’s Iliad. In the first module, we focus on the so-called ‘Homeric Question’, focusing on how and when the poem was composed, who composed it, as well as what it was...

5 lectures

0:42:39

Prof. Barbara Graziosi

Durham University

Classics & Ancient History

Sophocles: Antigone

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King’s College, London) explores Sophocles’ great tragedy, Antigone. Having situated the play in its historical and geographical context, we spend some time introducing the key characters in the play—the two...

7 lectures

0:28:52

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Annals: Book 4

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores Book 4 of Tacitus’ Annals. As we move through the course, we think about the position of Book 4 in the Annals as a whole, the structure of the book...

7 lectures

0:57:31

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 6

In this course, Professor Philip Hardie (University of Cambridge) explores the sixth book of Virgil’s Aeneid. Beginning with a discussion of the place of Book 6 in the poem as a whole, we then go through the whole of Book...

6 lectures

1:04:23

Prof. Philip Hardie

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Aeschylus: Agamemnon

In this course, Dr Oliver Thomas (University of Nottingham) explores Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the first part of Aeschylus’ great trilogy, the Oresteia, which was first performed in Athens in 458 BC. After a brief introduction to the trilogy as a...

6 lectures

1:08:18

Dr Oliver Thomas

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Imperial Image: Coinage

In this course, Professor Kevin Butcher (University of Warwick) looks at the reign of Augustus through the evidence of coins. The first part of course provides a general introduction to numismatics—what do coins tell us about the past?—as well as...

13 lectures

1:15:00

Prof. Kevin Butcher

Warwick University