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Greek Theatre

In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) provides an introduction to Greek theatre – specifically, the tragic and comic drama of fifth-century BC Athens. In the first lecture, we think about some of the religious and civic contexts for...

11 lectures

1:37:20

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Classics & Ancient History

Plautus: The Brothers Menaechmus and the Swaggering Soldier

In this course, Professor John Wilkins (University of Exeter) provides a provide introduction to the comedy of Plautus, with a special focus on two plays in particular: The Brothers Menaechmus and The Swaggering Soldier. After a brief introduction...

12 lectures

1:14:28

Prof. John Wilkins

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Ovid: Ars Amatoria

In this course, Dr Sharon Marshall (University of Exeter) explores Ovid’s Ars Amatoria. The course is structured around five critical questions, and in each case Dr Marshall provides a summary of recent scholarship pertaining to the question, as...

5 lectures

0:45:07

Dr Sharon Marshall

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Ovid: Heroides

In this course, Professor Sharon Marshall (University of Exeter) explores Ovid’s Heroides. In the first module, we think about the relationship between Ovid’s version of the myths of Penelope, Briseis and Dido, and the ‘original’ versions found in...

5 lectures

0:53:07

Dr Sharon Marshall

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Acharnians

In this course, Dr Rosie Wyles (University of Kent) provides a close reading and analysis of Aristophanes' Acharnians, focusing in particular on the prescribed material for the OCR A-Level in Classical Greek. All passages are presented in the...

5 lectures

0:33:34

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Classics & Ancient History

Gaius (Caligula)

In this course, Dr Matthew Nicholls (University of Oxford) explores the reign of the third Roman emperor, Gaius, also known as Caligula. After a brief introductory module, we begin by thinking about the sources for Gaius’ short reign, his family...

9 lectures

1:00:23

Prof. Matthew Nicholls

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Claudius

In this course, Dr Matthew Nicholls (University of Oxford) explores the reign of the fourth Roman emperor, Claudius. In the first module, we think about Claudius’ family background and the unlikeliness of his route to power. After that, in the...

6 lectures

1:05:24

Prof. Matthew Nicholls

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: Pro Caelio

In this course Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero’s Pro Caelio, his speech delivered in April 56 BC in defence of Marcus Caelius Rufus. In the first lecture, we think about how Roman criminal trials work. In the second...

5 lectures

0:52:04

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Money in Ancient Greece

In this course Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the social, cultural and philosophical influence of the invention of money and the widespread monetisation of Greek society in the mid- to late 6th century BC. In the first...

6 lectures

1:10:12

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Pliny: Letters

In this course Professor Christopher Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores Pliny’s Letters. In the first lecture we introduce Pliny, his political career and his literary output, and think about the idea of letters of literature. After that,...

10 lectures

1:59:12

Prof. Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: The Death of Claudius (Annals 12)

In this course Professor Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores Book 12 of Tacitus’ Annals. In the first lecture, we provide an introduction to Tacitus’ Annals itself, as a work of history and literature. The following three modules each...

6 lectures

1:17:28

Prof. Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: The Death of Agrippina (Annals 13-14)

In this course Professor Christopher Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores Books 13-14 of Tacitus’ Annals, focusing in particular on Nero’s murder of his mother, Agrippina. In the first lecture we introduce Tacitus and the Annals in general,...

8 lectures

1:30:16

Prof. Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

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