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  • 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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    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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    Join us on a journey to the ancient world and explore the heart of Athens: the theatre.
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    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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  • OpenLearn Live: 31st October 2016

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    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 Oct 2016

  • How do historians know about the past?

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    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. 
  • Free course: Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

    OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free...

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  • Free course: Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World

    Updated 30 Sep 2016
    OpenLearn is a great place to get an idea of what to expect from Open University study; trying one of our free courses, such as Health and Wellbeing in the...
  • Was Alcibiades the Athenian Donald Trump? Creative commons image Icon Sailko under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license

    Was Alcibiades the Athenian Donald Trump?

    By Professor Robert Garland

    A roistering, rabble-rousing politician from the birth of democracy bears comparison with the former host of The...

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  • Was Alcibiades the Athenian Donald Trump?

    Was Alcibiades the Athenian Donald Trump? Creative commons image Icon Sailko under Creative Commons BY 4.0 license
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    A roistering, rabble-rousing politician from the birth of democracy bears comparison with the former host of The Celebrity Apprentice, suggests Robert Garland
  • Batman v Superman: Are superheroes always good? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock

    Batman v Superman: Are superheroes always good?

    By Dr Laura Swift

    The latest hit movie Batman v Superman deals with the dangers of too much power - a theme that was all to common to...

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    10 Mar 2016

  • Batman v Superman: Are superheroes always good?

    Batman v Superman: Are superheroes always good? Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: iStock
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 10 Mar 2016
    The latest hit movie Batman v Superman deals with the dangers of too much power - a theme that was all to common to the Ancient Greeks whose heroes, such as...
  • The obscure history of the ‘virgin’s disease’ that could be cured with sex Creative commons image Icon David Reece under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license

    The obscure history of the ‘virgin’s disease’ that could be cured with sex

    By Helen King

    Where did ideals and misconceptions around virginity and the hymen stem from? Helen King explores...

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    06 Jan 2016

  • The obscure history of the ‘virgin’s disease’ that could be cured with sex

    The obscure history of the ‘virgin’s disease’ that could be cured with sex Creative commons image Icon David Reece under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
    Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 06 Jan 2016
    Where did ideals and misconceptions around virginity and the hymen stem from? Helen King explores...
  • OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2015 Copyright free image Icon Copyright free: via Wikimedia

    OpenLearn Live: 2nd November 2015

    By The OpenLearn team

    Starting a week of notable dogs; catch up with The Hunt; tales of tampons, opium and elephants  - and more free...

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    02 Nov 2015

  • 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 Creative commons image Icon The Open University / Pony image public domain by SaeKawaii under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license

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

    What is Plato's chariot allegory? How did Plato explain the soul using a chariot and two horses? We've got a really...

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    20 Aug 2015

  • 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 Icon 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 allegory? How did Plato explain the soul using a chariot and two horses? We've got a really simple guide...

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  • 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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    Intermediate level Duration 3 hours Updated 03 May 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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    Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 01 Mar 2017
    This free course, Getting started on classical Latin, has been developed in...
  • 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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    12 Jan 2017

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    Hadrian's Rome
    Advanced level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Jan 2017
    This free course, Hadrian's Rome, explores the city of Rome during the reign of...
  • 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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    12 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

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    29 Sep 2016

  • Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin

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    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

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    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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    4 hours

    Level: 2 Intermediate

    Updated on:

    18 Jan 2016

  • Continuing classical Latin

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    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

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    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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    Level: 1 Introductory

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    15 Jan 2016

  • Plato on tradition and belief

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    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

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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...
  • 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

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    11 Nov 2015

  • Introducing Virgil’s Aeneid

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    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 Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 3600 hours Updated 26 May 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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    Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Irochka | Dreamstime.com
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this...

    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities

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    Certificate of Higher Education in Humanities Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Duration 1200 hours Updated 23 May 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 26 May 2017
    The Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities will help you refine your skills of...

    Diploma of Higher Education Open

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    Diploma of Higher Education Open
    Duration 2400 hours Updated 26 May 2017
    Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a...

    BA (Honours) Humanities

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    BA (Honours) Humanities
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    This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and...

    Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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    Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading...

    Voices, texts and material culture

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    Voices, texts and material culture Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Dreamstime
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your...

    Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds

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    Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: The Open University/Karen Parker
    Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Explore Greek and Roman myth through detailed study of individual works of...

    The arts past and present

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    The arts past and present Copyrighted image Icon Copyright: Beauneveu: Giraudon/The Bridgeman Art Library; Kandinsky: © The Art Institute of Chicago. © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2012
    Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 16 Mar 2017 Register by 14 Sep 2017
    Study a broad range of arts subject areas (from history to philosophy, music to...