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Homer: Iliad: Characterisation

In this course, Professor Richard Jenkyns (University of Oxford) explores the theme of characterisation in Homer's Iliad, focusing in particular on fourteen key characters. In the first module, we think about what we mean by the terms 'character'...

5 lectures

0:50:58

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Sappho

In this course, Professor Edith Hall (King's College, London) explores the poetry of Sappho. In the first module, we think about some of the myths surrounding Sappho before focusing on what we actually know about when and where she lived,...

4 lectures

0:20:35

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College London

Classics & Ancient History

Greek Art

In this course, we explore the art and architecture of the Greek world, looking in particular at free-standing sculpture (both Archaic and Classical), architectural sculpture, vase painting, and temple architecture. Within each of these...

6 lectures

1:00:13

Prof. Amy Smith

Reading 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

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

Herodotus: Histories: Book 7

In this course, Dr Emma Aston (University of Reading) explores Book 7 of Herodotus’ Histories. We begin by thinking about Herodotus as a historian, the aims in his ‘Histories’, and the extent to which the ‘Histories’ represents both a ...

5 lectures

0:44:48

Dr Emma Aston

Reading 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

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

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

Greek Art

In this course, Professor Judy Barringer (University of Edinburgh) explores Greek art, focusing in particular on vase-painting and sculpture from the seventh to the early fifth century BC. We begin by thinking about black-figure pottery, focusing...

5 lectures

1:09:22

Prof. Judith Barringer

Edinburgh 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

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare’s most famous – and infamous – tragedies draw on the Roman playwright Seneca for their dramatic form and theatrical style - including ‘Hamlet’, ‘King Lear’, and ‘Titus Andronicus’. Seneca also had a huge influence on Shakespeare’s...

8 lectures

1:41:53

Dr Helen Slaney

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca and Stoicism

In this course, Dr Liz Gloyn (Royal Holloway, University of London) thinks about Seneca's attitudes towards love and relationships in a course designed for the 'Love and Relationships' option for OCR A Level Classical Civilization (H408/32). in...

5 lectures

0:39:58

Dr Liz Gloyn

Royal Holloway, London

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: The Worlds of the Iliad and Odyssey

In a special set of two lectures, Dr Elton Barker (Open University) explores the worlds of the Homeric epics, suggesting in particular that both the Iliad and the Odyssey question the use of violence as a means of conflict-resolution. In...

2 lectures

0:31:24

Dr Elton Barker

Open University

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