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OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2015

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 02 Nov 2015
Starting a week of notable dogs; catch up with The Hunt; tales of tampons, opium and elephants  - and more free learning through the day.

What did Plato believe about the human soul? The one minute guide

What did Plato believe about the human soul? The one minute guide Creative commons image The Open University / Pony image public domain by SaeKawaii under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 20 Aug 2015
What is Plato's chariot analogy? How did Plato explain the soul using a chariot and two horses? We've got a really simple guide...

Iron from the sky: Meteors, meteorites and ancient culture

Iron from the sky: Meteors, meteorites and ancient culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Diane Johnson
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2015
What’s the connection between meteors, iron and Egyptian beads? Dr Diane Johnson, a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Faculty of Science,...

Perseus: what’s in a name?

Perseus: what’s in a name? Copyrighted image Copyright: Thinkstock
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Aug 2015
As the Perseid Meteor Shower reaches its annual peak, Dr Joanna Paul, a Lecturer in Classical Studies, lifts the lid on the details behind its...

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road

Myth making at the movies - Musings on Mad Max: Fury Road Creative commons image Clawsoncat via Deviantart under CC-BY-ND licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 27 May 2015
The film Mad Max: Fury Road is set in the dystopian future, but is the narrative a recycled story from Roman and Greek times? N.B. contains...

Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult

Good god! 12 labours of Putin is all about Vlad’s personality cult Creative commons image Wikimedia under CC-BY-4.0 licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 16 Oct 2014
Is an art exhibition in Russia, conveying Putin as the Greek hero Heracles (Hercules), narcissistic, sinister or hilariously ironic? 

Hestia Project map and partners’ resources

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Hestia Project map and partners’ resources Creative commons image Hestia Project under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Follow the guidance on how to make the most of the Hestia Project map and explore the links to find out more about Hestia Project partners, to take...

Classical studies: it's more than the words

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Introductory level Updated 17 Sep 2014
When thinking about ancient literature and historiography, we need to consider more than just the words written, but the aims of the author, role...

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
Intermediate level Duration 12 hours Updated 19 Jan 2016
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...

Plato on tradition and belief

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Plato on tradition and belief Copyrighted image 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 tradition and belief, explores Plato's dialogue, the Laches, to...

Library of Alexandria

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Advanced level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Jan 2016
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...

The body in antiquity

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The body in antiquity Copyright free image Copyright free: Science Museum, London
Advanced level Duration 5 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
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...

Getting started on Classical Latin

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Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 06 Jan 2016
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, will introduce you to learning Latin. You...

Introducing Virgil’s Aeneid

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Intermediate level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Nov 2015
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...

Continuing classical Latin

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 24 Sep 2014
This free course, Continuing classical Latin, gives you the opportunity to hear a discussion of the development of the Latin language.

Introducing the Classical world

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 21 Aug 2014
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...

The Birth of Comedy

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The Birth of Comedy Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University
Intermediate level Duration 1 hour 15 mins Updated 15 Aug 2013
Take the topical satire of Have I Got News For You and mix thoroughly with the adolescent humour of The Inbetweeners, add in a healthy dose of...

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University 2008
Introductory level Duration 50 mins Updated 09 Feb 2010
Do we use our buildings to declare who we are? How far does our heritage influence our collective identity? This insightful album reveals Ireland's...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
Duration 1200 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 3600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Duration 1200 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of debate and analysis while developing your cultural literacy. It...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 2400 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University / Karen Parker
Duration 3600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

MA Classical Studies part 1

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MA Classical Studies part 1 Copyrighted image Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 15 Sep 2016
This module tackles the question, ‘How do we know what we know’ about ancient Greece and Rome by investigating classical studies as a...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...

Voices, texts and material culture

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Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...

Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds

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Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds Copyrighted image Copyright: Dreamstime
Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 10 Feb 2016 Register by 08 Sep 2016
Explore Greek and Roman myth through detailed study of individual works of literature, art and architecture combined with an examination of context...