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Hawthorne: The Scarlet Letter

In this course, Dr Nicholas Lawrence (University of Warwick) explores Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic novel, The Scarlett Letter (1850). In the first module, we think about the tension in the novel between the traditional and the modern, focusing...

6 lectures

0:55:58

Dr Nick Lawrence

Warwick University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores the politics of the Late Republic through one of its central figures: Marcus Tullius Cicero. We begin by thinking about Cicero's early life and education, including his...

6 lectures

1:06:40

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

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...

5 lectures

0:47:58

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Religion: Hero Cult

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the ancient Greek institution of the hero cult. In the first module, we describe what a hero cult actually is, thinking in particular about the different meanings of the...

5 lectures

0:37:28

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

History

Russia: The Rule of Stalin, 1922-41

In this course, Dr Arfon Rees (University of Birmingham) thinks about Stalinist Russia in the period 1917-41. We begin by providing an overview of Russian history from the late 19th century up to the end of the Russian Civil War...

6 lectures

1:14:51

Dr Arfon Rees

Birmingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Invention of the Barbarian

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King's College, London) explores how the Greeks saw themselves as distinct from their 'barbarian' neighbours, especially in the context of the Greco-Persian wars of the early 5th century BC. In the first...

4 lectures

0:32:06

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College London

English Literature

The Poetry of William Wordsworth

In this course, Professor Tom Mole (University of Edinburgh) explores the poetry of the great Romantic poet, William Wordsworth. In the first module, we look at Wordsworth's Preface to the Lyrical Ballads, in which he outlines his views on the...

5 lectures

0:45:41

Dr Tom Mole

Edinburgh University

English Literature

Steinbeck: The Grapes of Wrath

In this course, Dr Sarah Robertson (University of West England) explores John Steinbeck’s 1939 novel, The Grapes of Wrath. We begin by providing some historical context to the novel, focusing in particular on the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl...

4 lectures

0:36:52

Dr Sarah Robertson

UWE Bristol

Classics & Ancient History

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...

5 lectures

0:43:41

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Bacchae

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores Euripides' great tragedy, The Bacchae, which ends with the king of Thebes, Pentheus, being torn to pieces by his own mother, Agave. In the first module, we think about the...

5 lectures

0:39:19

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

English Literature

Ishiguro: Never Let Me Go

In this course, Dr Richard Robinson (Swansea University) explores Kazuo Ishiguro's 2005 novel, Never Let Me Go. We begin by introducing Ishiguro's previous works, before focusing on the idea on the unreliable first-person narrator. After that, we...

6 lectures

0:40:58

Dr Richard Robinson

Swansea University

History

The End of the British Empire, 1945-1968

In this course, Dr Simon Potter (University of Bristol) explores the final decades of the British Empire, from the end of the Second World War in 1945 to Britain’s withdrawal of troops “East of Suez”, announced by Harold Wilson in...

6 lectures

1:01:22

Dr Simon Potter

Bristol University

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