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

History

Philosophy

The Political Thought of Karl Marx

In this course, Professor Terrell Carver (University of Bristol) introduces the political thought of Karl Marx. In the first module, we think about the way in which Marx has been re-interpreted over the last century and make some attempt to...

6 lectures

1:05:26

Prof. Terrell Carver

Bristol 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

Philosophy

Kant: Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals

In this course, Professor Adrian Moore (University of Oxford) explores Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals through eight key questions. In particular, we think about the fundamental difference between the three main strands of moral...

8 lectures

0:57:32

Prof. Adrian Moore

Oxford 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

English Literature

Marlowe: The Jew of Malta

In this course, Professor Lisa Hopkins (University of Sheffield Hallam) explores Christopher Marlowe's The Jew of Malta. In the first module, we consider the character of Machiaval/Machiavelli and the presentation of morality in the play, before...

6 lectures

0:53:23

Prof. Lisa Hopkins

Sheffield Hallam University

History

The British Civil Wars, 1639-51

In this course, Professor John Morrill (University of Cambridge) thinks about the British Civil Wars, the intertwined series of conflicts that ravaged England, Ireland and Scotland in the mid-17th century. In the first two modules, we think about...

6 lectures

1:01:44

Prof. John Morrill

Cambridge University

History

The Vietnam War, 1945-75

In this course, Dr Patrick Hagopian (University of Lancaster) explores the history of the Vietnam War, from Ho Chi Minh's Proclamation of Independence in September 1945 to the Fall of Saigon at the end of April 1975. In the first...

6 lectures

1:31:45

Dr Patrick Hagopian

Lancaster University

History

The French Wars of Religion, 1562-98

In this course, Professor Mark Greengrass (University of Sheffield) explores the French Wars of Religion. In the first module, we consider whether the Wars of Religion are a period or a problem, thinking in particular about the key characteristics...

6 lectures

1:01:52

Prof. Mark Greengrass

Sheffield University

Philosophy

Descartes: Meditations on First Philosophy

In this course, Professor Cottingham (University of Reading) explores René Descartes' Meditations on First Philosophy. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Descartes himself and his philosophical system, as described in his...

6 lectures

0:49:57

Prof. John Cottingham

Reading University

History

France in the Reign of Henry IV, 1589-1610

In this course, Dr Tom Hamilton (University of Cambridge) explores the life and reign of Henry IV of France, the king celebrated for his role in ending the Wars of Religion. The first lecture considers Henry's early life in the...

5 lectures

1:00:32

Dr Tom Hamilton

Cambridge University