Classics & Ancient History


English Literature

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s...

8 lectures

1:41:53

Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

2 lectures

0:31:24

Dr Elton Barker

Open University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero

In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) provides an introduction to Cicero's life and times through six legal and political speeches, from his first speech (Pro Roscio Amerino), delivered when he was just 26, through the speeches...

6 lectures

1:58:39

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Medea

In this module, we explore Euripides' Medea, a tragedy in which a Medea kills her own children to get back at Jason, who has left her for another woman. The course begins by looking at the myth of Medea and...

6 lectures

0:50:51

Dr Lucy Jackson

King's College London

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Euthyphro and Meno

This course examines the life of Socrates, before looking at his famous philosophical method and asking, why was Socrates so interested in defining what things mean? After this, we look more closely at two early dialogues of Plato which feature...

4 lectures

0:41:59

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these...

6 lectures

1:00:13

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading University

Classics & Ancient History

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...

6 lectures

1:21:47

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: De Imperio

In this course, Henriette van der Blom (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero's speech 'De Imperio Cn Pompeii', delivered in 66 BC. The course begins with an introduction to oratory in Rome, including the different kinds of speeches that an...

5 lectures

0:59:22

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Birmingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Annals: Book 15

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores Book 15 of Tacitus' Annals. We begin by considering Tacitus as a historian. How does he construct his history, and how much can we trust him? We then give a...

7 lectures

0:56:31

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Alexander the Great

In this course, we explore the life, achievements, and legacy of Alexander the Great. In particular, we look at Alexander’s military career, his women and his relationship with the gods to ask the question, Alexander the Great – hero or...

6 lectures

0:56:29

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: De Imperio

This course explores several aspects of Cicero’s speech De Imperio Cn Pompeii, which was delivered in the Roman Forum in 66 BC. In particular, we think about the speech both as a performance in the Forum and as a written...

4 lectures

0:33:15

Dr Alison Rosenblitt

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Clouds

In this course, we explore Aristophanes’ Clouds, thinking in particular about where the play sits in Aristophanes’ life and career, its distinctive structure and themes, the presentation of Socrates in the play, and what it is that makes the play...

8 lectures

0:29:08

Dr James Robson

Open University

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