Classics & Ancient History

The history, literature, culture, philosophy and languages of Ancient Greece and Rome.

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Frogs

In this course, Dr Naomi Scott (University of Nottingham) explores Aristophanes’ Frogs. In the first module, we think about the social, political and historical context of Aristophanes’ Frogs. In the second module, we think about the role of myth...

5 lectures

0:33:53

Dr Naomi Scott

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Ancient Historiography

In this course, Professor Matthew Fox (University of Glasgow) provides a broad introduction the writing of history (or ‘historiography’) in the Greek and Roman world. In the first module, we think about some of the key issues when approaching...

5 lectures

0:56:50

Prof. Matthew Fox

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer

In this course, Dr Emily Hauser (University of Exeter) provides a comprehensive introduction to Homer. In the first module, we think about the Iliad and Odyssey as ‘oral poems’ and consider this should impact how we read them. The following four...

11 lectures

1:41:31

Dr Emily Hauser

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero the Correspondent

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero as a correspondent in a set of lectures designed to be used alongside the OCR A Level Classical Civilization option, ‘Politics and the Late Republic’. In the first...

4 lectures

0:31:47

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic: Cicero the Orator

In this course, Professor Catherine Steel (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero as an orator in a set of lectures designed to be used alongside the OCR A Level Classical Civilization option, ‘Politics and the Late Republic’. In the first module,...

3 lectures

0:27:38

Prof. Catherine Steel

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre

In this course, Professor Simon Goldhill (University of Cambridge) explores several aspects of Greek tragedy and comedy, focusing in particular on Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Euripides’ Bacchae, and Aristophanes’ Frogs. The first module provides...

6 lectures

0:53:17

Prof. Simon Goldhill

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: Pro Cluentio

In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero’s Pro Cluentio. In the first module, we provide some of the key context for Cicero’s speech. When did the trial take place, and why is this important? What were the key...

5 lectures

0:46:49

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Theatre

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores several aspects of Greek tragedy and comedy. In the first module, we think about the contribution made by vase painting to our understanding of Greek theatre. After that ...

8 lectures

1:08:32

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Politics of the Late Republic

In this course, Dr Ed Bispham (University of Oxford) explores several aspects of the politics of the Late Republic. In the first module, we think about the extent to which structural deficits within the Republican constitution were responsible for...

6 lectures

1:14:49

Dr Ed Bispham

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

The Persian Empire, c.550-330 BC

In this course, Professor Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (University of Cardiff) presents the Persian Empire through non-Greek sources including Persian art and architecture, sculpture and epigraphy, and parts of the Hebrew Bible. In the first module, we...

6 lectures

0:40:34

Prof. Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones

Cardiff University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: Germanicus and Piso

In this course, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores the story of Germanicus and Piso in Tacitus’ Annals. In the first module, we think about the figure of Germanicus himself, Tiberius’ adopted son and his heir-apparent ...

6 lectures

1:02:13

Dr Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, Dr Sharon Marshall explores Virgil’s Aeneid through five key questions. In the first module, we think about whether the Aeneid should be read as a pro- or anti-Augustan poem. After that, we explore the nature of the relationship ...

5 lectures

0:50:47

Dr Sharon Marshall

Exeter University