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Ancient Thebes

In this course, Professor Paul Cartledge (University of Cambridge) explores the history of Thebes from the Mycenaean period (1600-1100 BC) to its destruction at the hands of Alexander the Great in 335 BC. In the first module, we think about the...

8 lectures

1:42:36

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Tiberius

In this course, Dr Matthew Nicholls (University of Oxford) explores the reign of the second Roman emperor, Tiberius. After a brief introductory module, we begin by thinking about Tiberius’ family background and the way he was variously taken out...

7 lectures

1:30:12

Prof. Matthew Nicholls

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Pliny: Regulus

In this course, Dr Chris Whitton (University of Cambridge) explores the story of Regulus found in Pliny’s Epistles that forms one of the prose set texts for OCR GCSE Latin (J282). In the first module, we provide some of the social, cultural and...

3 lectures

0:26:00

Prof. Christopher Whitton

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: Pro Milone

In this course, Dr Andrew Sillett (University of Oxford) explores Cicero's defence of Titus Annius Milo, the Pro Milone. We start by considering the crime itself—the death of Publius Clodius Pulcher on the Appian War on 18 January 52 BC....

6 lectures

0:49:25

Dr Andrew Sillett

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid: Book 2

In this course Professor Llewelyn Morgan (University of Oxford) explores Book 2 of Virgil’s Aeneid. In the first lecture, we think about the Aeneid as an epic poem. In the second, we explore some of the connections between Troy and Rome, before...

5 lectures

0:41:09

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Euripides: Electra

In this course, Professor Judith Mossman (University of Nottingham) explores Euripides’ Electra, a play which depicts a brother and sister avenging their father’s death by killing their own mother. As we move through the course, we think about a...

6 lectures

0:36:42

Prof. Judith Mossman

Nottingham University

Classics & Ancient History

Catullus

In this course, Dr Gail Trimble (University of Oxford) explores the poetry of Catullus (c. 84-54 BC). In the first module, we think Catullus’ first poem and what it might tell us about what he hopes to achieve with his poetry – which he describes...

6 lectures

0:54:49

Dr Gail Trimble

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Apuleius: Cupid and Psyche

In this course, Professor Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow University) explores the story of Cupid and Psyche in Apuleius' Metamorphoses. In the first module, we provide a brief introduction to Apuleius and his Metamorphoses, before turning in the...

8 lectures

1:36:57

Prof. Costas Panayotakis

Glasgow University

Classics & Ancient History

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

Comic Drama in the Ancient World

In this course, Professor John Wilkins (University of Exeter) explores comic drama in the ancient world, focusing on the similarities and difference between the plays of Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus and Terence. The course begins by thinking...

6 lectures

0:55:37

Prof. John Wilkins

Exeter University

Classics & Ancient History

Lysias: Against Simon

In this course, Professor Edward Harris (University of Durham) explores Lysias’ speech Against Simon, a case apparently concerning a fight between two men over a boy, Theodotus. In particular, we think about the rule of law in ancient Athens, the...

5 lectures

0:55:54

Prof. Edward Harris

Durham 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

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

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