Classics & Ancient History

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

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Frogs

This course provides close reading and analysis of Aristophanes’ Frogs, focusing on the prescribed material for the OCR A-Level in Classical Greek. All passages are presented in the original Greek with a facing English translation, while...

7 lectures

1:17:02

Dr Rosie Wyles

Kent University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes: Clouds

In this course, we explore Aristophanes’ Clouds, thinking in particular about where the play sits in Aristophanes’ life and career, its distinctive structure and themes, the presentation of Socrates in the play, and what it is that makes the play...

8 lectures

0:29:08

Dr James Robson

Open University

Classics & Ancient History

Aristophanes

In this course, Prof. Edith Hall (King's College, London) provides an introduction to the plays of Aristophanes, thinking in particular about the world that Aristophanes lived in and his comic output and focusing in particular on: the link between...

14 lectures

0:59:33

Prof. Edith Hall

King's College, London

Classics & Ancient History

Democracy and the Athenians

In this course, Prof. Robin Osborne (University of Cambridge) explores the development and operation of Athenian democracy. In the first half of the course, we outline the major landmarks in the development of development of democracy, from ...

7 lectures

1:14:34

Prof. Robin Osborne

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Homer: Iliad

In this course, we explore several aspects of Homer’s Iliad. The course begins with a consideration of one of the most fundamental questions asked of the Homeric epics – the so-called Homeric Question – which asks whether the Iliad was...

6 lectures

0:56:14

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Alexander the Great

In this course, we explore the life, achievements, and legacy of Alexander the Great. In particular, we look at Alexander’s military career, his women and his relationship with the gods to ask the question, Alexander the Great – hero or...

6 lectures

0:56:29

Prof. Paul Cartledge

Cambridge University

Classics & Ancient History

Ovid: Metamorphoses: Book 3

In this course, we explore the prescribed section of Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Book 3.511-733). In particular, we think about the depiction of Pentheus and the humour contained in that episode, before exploring the many ways in which this section of...

4 lectures

0:30:33

Prof. Llewelyn Morgan

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Virgil: Aeneid

In this course, we explore several aspects of Virgil’s Aeneid – looking in particular at the following issues: first, Dido and Aeneas, and who we should blame for what happens; second, Augustus, and his influence on the Aeneid; third, Aeneas,...

6 lectures

0:54:59

Prof. Richard Jenkyns

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: De Imperio

This course explores several aspects of Cicero’s speech De Imperio Cn Pompeii, which was delivered in the Roman Forum in 66 BC. In particular, we think about the speech both as a performance in the Forum and as a written...

4 lectures

0:33:15

Dr Alison Rosenblitt

Oxford University

Classics & Ancient History

Cicero: De Imperio

In this course, Henriette van der Blom (University of Glasgow) explores Cicero's speech 'De Imperio Cn Pompeii', delivered in 66 BC. The course begins with an introduction to oratory in Rome, including the different kinds of speeches that an...

5 lectures

0:59:22

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Birmingham 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, 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