Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Polis Religion

In this course, Professor Esther Eidinow (University of Bristol) thinks about Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood’s theory of ‘polis religion’ as a means of understanding Greek religious practice. We begin in the first module by thinking about some of the...

5 lectures

0:50:13

Prof. Esther Eidinow

Bristol University

English Literature

Modernism: 1. Context

In this course, Professor Max Saunders (King’s College, London) explores the literary movement of modernism in the context of the broader concept of modernity. We begin by introducing the terms ‘modernism’ and ‘modernity’ and think about the...

5 lectures

0:46:30

Prof. Max Saunders

King's College, London

English Literature

Shakespeare: Othello

In this twenty-one part course, Professor John McRae (University of Nottingham) explores Shakespeare’s Othello. We begin with a broad introduction to the historical, political and intellectual context of early 17th-century England, before going...

21 lectures

3:30:20

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Sophocles: Oedipus Tyrannus

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores Sophocles' Oedipus Tyrannus. We begin by thinking about the plot of the play, focusing in particular on the Aristotelian concepts of reversal and recognition, as well as the...

6 lectures

0:42:50

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

History

The English Civil War, 1642-51

In this course, Professor Mike Braddick (University of Sheffield) explores the English Civil War (1642-51) through the lens of radical and revolution. We begin by thinking about the causes of the war in England, focusing in particular on why the...

5 lectures

0:50:09

Prof. Michael Braddick

Sheffield University

History

Russia: The Rise and Reign of Stalin, 1878-1938

In this course, Professor Christopher Read (University of Warwick) examines the rise of Joseph Stalin from his birth in 1878 to the eve of the Second World War in 1938. We begin in the first module by thinking about his early life, including...

7 lectures

1:21:22

Prof. Christopher Read

Warwick University

Classics & Ancient History

Slavery in the Ancient Greek World

In this course, Dr David Lewis (University of Edinburgh) explores slavery in ancient Greece. We begin by looking at the earliest evidence for slavery in the Greek world, focusing in particular on the descriptions of slavery in the Linear B ...

6 lectures

0:51:29

Dr David Lewis

Edinburgh University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 11

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 11 of Virgil’s Aeneid. In the first module, we think about Book 11 in relation to its position within the epic as a whole, focusing in particular on its relation to the...

4 lectures

0:45:09

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

History

The Trial and Execution of Charles I, 1648-49

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) examines one of the most extraordinary events in British political history: the execution of the king, Charles I, in January 1649. We begin in the first module by thinking about who...

5 lectures

0:43:41

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

History

Oliver Cromwell, 1599-1653

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) examines the life of Oliver Cromwell from obscure beginnings in Cambridgeshire to his election as Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland in 1653. In the ...

6 lectures

0:53:15

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

English Literature

Priestley: An Inspector Calls

In this course, Professor John McRae explores J. B. Priestley’s ‘An Inspector Calls’. In the first module, we provide a broad introduction to the play, focusing in particular on the influence of Gogol’s ‘The Government Inspector’ and the ...

15 lectures

2:27:10

Prof. John McRae

Nottingham University

History

Russia: The Revolution of 1905

In this course, Dr Jonathan Smele (Queen Mary, University of London) explores the (so-called) Revolution of 1905. We begin in the first module by considering whether this was a revolution at all and – if so – whether we should see events as being ...

5 lectures

1:08:22

Dr Jonathan Smele

Queen Mary, University of London