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The Unification of Italy, 1796-1871

In this course, Dr Marcella Sutcliffe (University of Cambridge) explores Italy's unification movement, starting with Napoleon’s invasion of Italy in the late 1790s, and ending with the unification of Italy in 1861. As we move through the course,...

7 lectures

0:42:20

Dr Marcella Sutcliffe

Cambridge University

History

John Wycliffe and the Lollards, 1350-1500

In this course, Professor John Arnold (University of Cambridge) explores the theology of John Wycliffe and the heretical movement which he inspired known as Lollardy. In the first module, we think about the life and times of John Wycliffe himself,...

6 lectures

0:51:22

Prof. John Arnold

Cambridge University

History

Philosophy & Religious Studies

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 & Religious Studies

The Ethics of War

War has always been a feature of human history. It is reviled as one of the great evils of which we are capable as a species, but often also commemorated and recounted as honourable and just. War raises many difficult...

5 lectures

1:00:18

Dr Michael Gibb

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre: The Chorus

For modern readers, the chorus is one of the most challenging aspects of Greek drama. Yet the chorus is an integral feature of both tragedy and comedy, and to engage fully with the plays, it’s essential to understand the role...

4 lectures

1:03:58

Dr Laura Swift

Open University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Republic

In this course, Nakul Krishna (University of Oxford) considers some of the key philosophical problems in Plato's Republic. In the first module, he examines the fundamental question that the Republic is trying to answer: "Why should we be just?"....

5 lectures

1:01:24

Dr Nakul Krishna

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Ancient Sparta

In this lecture, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) examines the ancient city-state of Sparta. In the first module, we discuss the evidence for ancient Sparta, noting the tendency for both contemporary and later writers to...

6 lectures

1:02:07

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Medea

In this course, Professor Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) explores Euripides’ Medea, a play which depicts a marital breakdown so severe that it leads to one woman taking revenge on her husband by killing their two children. As we move...

6 lectures

0:37:03

Prof. Judith Mossman

Nottingham University

English Literature

Dickens: David Copperfield

In this course, Dr Alfie Bown (University of Manchester) explores Dickens’ 1849-50 novel David Copperfield. After a brief introduction that sets the novel in its historical context, we turn to some of the major themes of the novel, including how...

6 lectures

0:49:53

Dr Alfie Bown

Royal Holloway, London

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, we explore several aspects of Virgil’s Aeneid – looking in particular at the following issues: first, Dido and Aeneas, and who we should blame for what happens; second, Augustus, and his influence on the Aeneid; third, Aeneas,...

6 lectures

0:54:59

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

English Literature

The Poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge

In this course, we think about the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, focusing in particular in the literary and historical background of this poems of the 1790s. In the first half of the course, we think about Coleridge’s religious views...

6 lectures

0:45:48

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

English Literature

Tennyson: Maud

In this course, Professor Seamus Perry (University of Oxford) explores Tennyson’s ‘Maud’ (1855), a narrative poem about man’s relationship with a sixteen-year old girl called Maud. As we move through the course, we think about the concepts of...

6 lectures

0:37:50

Prof. Seamus Perry

Oxford University

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