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Greek Theatre: Ritual and Religion

In this course, Professor Richard Seaford (University of Exeter) explores the importance of ritual and religion in Greek tragedy. Having begun with a discussion of the god Dionysus and his cult in Attica, as well as the supposed origins of...

5 lectures

0:50:18

Prof. Richard Seaford

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: The Year of the Four Emperors (Histories 1)

In this course, Dr Ellen O'Gorman (University of Bristol) explores Tacitus' Histories, focusing in particular on Book 1. We begin by providing a broader introduction to the Histories, thinking about the scope of the work, as well as how the...

6 lectures

0:55:27

Dr Ellen O'Gorman

Bristol University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 12

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 12 of Virgil's Aeneid, with a particular focus on lines 1-106 and 614-727. In the first three modules, we think about the figures of Turnus and Aeneas, first...

6 lectures

0:52:58

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Aristotle: Nicomachean Ethics

In this course, Professor Anthony Price (Birkbeck College, London) explores Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics. In the first module, we explore the central concept of eudaimonia, or happiness, in Aristotle's ethics, before turning in the second module...

6 lectures

0:49:18

Prof. Anthony Price

Birkbeck College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores compares and contrasts the democracy of Classical Athens with that of the United Kingdom in the 21st century. The course begins by considering the origins of democracy in...

6 lectures

0:48:28

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Classics & Ancient History

Plato: Phaedo

In this course, Professor David Sedley (University of Cambridge) explores Plato's Phaedo, in which several arguments are made for the immortality of the soul. We begin by providing a broad introduction to the dialogue, focusing in particular on...

6 lectures

0:39:39

Prof. David Sedley

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Invention of the Barbarian – Aeschylus and Herodotus

In this course, Professor Lynette Mitchell (University of Exeter) explores the presentation of Persians and other non-Greeks (‘barbarians’) in Aeschylus’ Persians and Herodotus’ Histories. In the first module, we offer a brief history of the...

6 lectures

0:54:02

Prof. Lynette Mitchell

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Apuleius: Cupid and Psyche

In this course, Dr Regine May (University of Leeds) explores the story of Cupid and Psyche in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses. In the first module, we think about the literary and historical context of Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, before turning in the second...

5 lectures

1:03:18

Dr Regine May

Leeds University

Classics & Ancient History

Tacitus: The Accession of Tiberius (Annals 1)

In this course we explore Book 1 of Tacitus’ Annals, in which Tacitus describes the death of Augustus, the accession of Tiberius and the mutinies of the army in Pannonia and Germania. We consider not just what happened in those...

6 lectures

1:00:30

Prof. Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians: 5th Century

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores the development and operation of Athenian democracy in the fifth century BC. In the first module, we think about the kind of society that existed in Attica in the sixth...

6 lectures

1:21:47

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham University

Classics & Ancient History

Seneca: Letters

In this course, Professor Catharine Edwards (Birkbeck, University of London) provides an introduction to Seneca the Younger and his Epistulae Morales. We begin by providing a broad introduction to Seneca's life, career, and literary output, before...

5 lectures

0:42:44

Prof. Catharine Edwards

Birkbeck College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Catullus

In this course, Dr Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores the poetry of the Roman poet Catullus. In particular, we think about Catullus as a poet who combined the innovative and subversive with the traditional and conservative.

4 lectures

0:41:23

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Horace: Odes and Satires

In this course, Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Horace’s Odes and Satires. The first two modules focus on the Odes. In the first, we think about the nature of Horace’s lyric poetry, focusing in particular on what ...

6 lectures

0:59:19

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Slavery in the Ancient Greek World

In this course, Dr David Lewis (University of Edinburgh) explores slavery in ancient Greece. We begin by looking at the earliest evidence for slavery in the Greek world, focusing in particular on the descriptions of slavery in the Linear B ...

6 lectures

0:51:29

Dr David Lewis

Edinburgh University

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