Classics & Ancient History

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

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