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  • Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods Creative commons image Icon Katrina Harrison under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    13 Sep 2017

  • Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods

    Four weird ideas people used to have about women’s periods Creative commons image Icon Katrina Harrison under CC BY-NC 2.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 13 Sep 2017
    Professor of Classical Studies Helen King takes a look at historic beliefs around menstrual periods.
  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors,...

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    30 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    11 Aug 2017

  • The Perseid meteor shower 2017

    The Perseid meteor shower 2017 Creative commons image Icon Brocken Inaglory (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons under CC-BY-SA-3.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2017
    The Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak this year on the nights of 11th-13th August. Find out more about meteors, Perseus and what meteors have to do with...
  • Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Creative commons image Icon the Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

    By Dr Emma Bridges

    Interested in Greek myths? We've condensed the epic narrative of Homer's poems the Iliad and the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    08 Aug 2017

  • Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

    Troy Story: Homer's Iliad and Odyssey Creative commons image Icon the Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 08 Aug 2017
    Interested in Greek myths? We've condensed the epic narrative of Homer's poems the Iliad and the Odyssey into short animations ...
  • The Odyssey: List of characters Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    The Odyssey: List of characters

    By Dr Emma Bridges

    The Odyssey includes an extensive cast list, both human and mythical. In this article Dr Emma Bridges gives us the...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

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    01 Aug 2017

  • The Odyssey: List of characters

    The Odyssey: List of characters Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    The Odyssey includes an extensive cast list, both human and mythical. In this article Dr Emma Bridges gives us the lowdown on the main characters. 
  • The Iliad: List of characters Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    The Iliad: List of characters

    By Dr Emma Bridges

    Confused about who's who in Homer's The Iliad? Dr Emma Bridges has put together a handy cast list and mini biography...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    01 Aug 2017

  • The Iliad: List of characters

    The Iliad: List of characters Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 01 Aug 2017
    Confused about who's who in Homer's The Iliad? Dr Emma Bridges has put together a handy cast list and mini biography of the characters...
  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    27 Jul 2017

  • How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter?

    How does JK Rowling use Latin and other classical languages in Harry Potter? Creative commons image Icon Crest: Jakovche https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hogwarts_coat_of_arms_colored_with_shading.svg / Hogwarts Model Karen Roe https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen_roe/7544166316 under Creative Commons BY-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 27 Jul 2017
    To create a sense of the long history of wizardry in the Potterverse, JK Rowling drew heavily on classical languages. The OU's Joanna Paul explores.
  • Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions Creative commons image Icon Loren Javier under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license

    Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions

    By Dr Paula James

    As the series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' turns 20 we look back at how, though she may have been a modern...

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    5 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    09 Mar 2017

  • Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions

    Heart of a heartless world, soul of soulless conditions Creative commons image Icon Loren Javier under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 09 Mar 2017
    As the series 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' turns 20 we look back at how, though she may have been a modern California girl, Buffy's relationships...
  • Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC

    Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth

    Join us on a journey to the ancient world and explore the heart of Athens: the theatre.

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    06 Mar 2017

  • Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth

    Ancient Greece: The greatest show on Earth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: BBC
    Updated 06 Mar 2017
    Join us on a journey to the ancient world and explore the heart of Athens: the theatre.
  • OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: projects.vassar.edu/bookofthedead/

    OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016

    By The OpenLearn team

    We're back, and we're bringing Hallowain't back with us. Also: the long history of scary clowns, and the Turing...

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    31 Oct 2016

  • OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016

    OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: projects.vassar.edu/bookofthedead/
    Updated 31 Oct 2016
    We're back, and we're bringing Hallowain't back with us. Also: the long history of scary clowns, and the Turing Pardons.
  • How do historians know about the past? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

    How do historians know about the past?

    How do historians know about the past? What are primary and secondary sources? Find out with our short...

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    10 mins

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    10 Oct 2016

  • How do historians know about the past?

    How do historians know about the past? Creative commons image Icon The Open University under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Oct 2016
    How do historians know about the past? What are primary and secondary sources? Find out with our short animations. 

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  • Hadrian's Rome

    This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of the emperor Hadrian (117-38 CE). What impact did the emperor have...

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    10 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    29 Nov 2017

  • Hadrian's Rome

    Hadrian's Rome
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 29 Nov 2017
    This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of...
  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of the best-known myths from classical antiquity and its various re...

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    3 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    07 Aug 2017

  • Icarus: entering the world of myth

    Icarus: entering the world of myth Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: © EC Hellex/iStockphoto.com
    Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 07 Aug 2017
    This free course, Icarus: entering the world of myth, will introduce you to one of...
  • Getting started on classical Latin

    This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in response to requests from learners who had had no contact with Latin...

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    10 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    26 May 2017

  • Getting started on classical Latin

    Getting started on classical Latin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Art Archive/Alamy
    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in...
  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

    The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is like to learn two ancient languages. It is for those who have...

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    Free course

    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    29 Sep 2016

  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

    Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
    Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 29 Sep 2016
    The free course, Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin, gives a taste of what it is...
  • Introducing the Classical world

    How do we learn about the world of the ancient Romans and Greeks? This free course, Introducing the Classical world, will provide you with an...

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    20 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    04 Feb 2016

  • Introducing the Classical world

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    Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 04 Feb 2016
    How do we learn about the world of the ancient Romans and Greeks? This free course...
  • Continuing classical Latin

    This free course, Continuing classical Latin, gives you the opportunity to hear a discussion of the development of the Latin language.

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    Free course

    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2016

  • Continuing classical Latin

    Continuing classical Latin Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Used with permission
    Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
    This free course, Continuing classical Latin, gives you the opportunity to hear a...
  • The body in antiquity

    This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the body in Greek and Roman civilisation. In recent years, the body...

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    5 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2016

  • The body in antiquity

    The body in antiquity Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: Science Museum, London
    Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 18 Jan 2016
    This free course, The body in antiquity, will introduce you to the concept of the...
  • Plato on tradition and belief

    How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This free course, Plato on tradition and belief, explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to...

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    15 hours

    Level: 1 Introductory

    Updated on:

    15 Jan 2016

  • Plato on tradition and belief

    Plato on tradition and belief Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Bridgeman Art Library
    Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 15 Jan 2016
    How can we settle questions of morality or ethics? This free course, Plato on...
  • Library of Alexandria

    One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to address is 'how do we know what we know about antiquity?' Whether we're...

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    7 hours

    Level: 3 Advanced

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    11 Jan 2016

  • Library of Alexandria

    Library of Alexandria Creative commons image Icon pcorreia under Creative-Commons license
    Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
    One of the most important questions for any student of the ancient world to...
  • Introducing Virgil’s Aeneid

    This free course offers an introduction to the Aeneid. Virgil’s Latin epic, written in the 1st century BCE, tells the story of the Trojan hero...

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    7 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    11 Nov 2015

  • Introducing Virgil’s Aeneid

    Introducing Virgil’s Aeneid Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: De Agostini Editore/L Pedicini.
    Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Nov 2015
    This free course offers an introduction to the Aeneid. Virgil’s Latin epic,...

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    BA/BSc Open degree

    BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a...

    Certificate of Higher Education Open

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    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an...

    Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Duration 2400 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

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    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    Duration 3600 hours Updated 11 Dec 2017
    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...