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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 Credit: Wikimedia under CC-BY-4.0 licence
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 Credit: Hestia Project
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...

Solon upsets the wealthy Croesus

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Solon upsets the wealthy Croesus Creative commons image Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Intermediate level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Consider the answer to Croesus’ question of him about ‘happiness’ before exploring possible routes for Solon’s journey, comparing them with...

Understanding Classical terms

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Introductory level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Anyone reading and writing about the Classical world needs to make various choices concerning consistency in defining dates, spelling  and use...

Crowdsourced annotation: what do you think?

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Crowdsourced annotation: what do you think? Copyrighted image Credit: Trustees of the British Museum
Intermediate level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Take a look at 'crowdsourced' resources to help understand ‘The Histories’ alongside the Hestia project. We direct you to other resources so that...

Consulting the oracle at Delphi

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Intermediate level Updated 17 Sep 2014
Explore the ‘riddles’ of the oracle through the words of Herodotus, and consider the power of the Pythian priestess. The utterances of the oracle...

‘Lydios logos’: the story of Croesus

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‘Lydios logos’: the story of Croesus
Intermediate level Updated 16 Sep 2014
Herodotus tells the story of Croesus in the first tale, or ‘logos’, of his great work ‘The Histories’. Explore the contradictions in his narrative...

'As rich as Croesus'

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Introductory level Updated 16 Sep 2014
Croesus' legendary wealth leads to the expression 'rich as Croesus’ and according to Herodotus, Croesus was the first monarch to mint gold and...

Herodotus 'The Histories': a timeline

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Introductory level Updated 16 Sep 2014
This timeline provides a ‘snapshot’ of events Herodotus wrote about in the context of the Classical world, with links to explore the Hestia Project...

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Library of Alexandria

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Library of Alexandria Updated content
Masters level Duration 7 hours Updated 11 Dec 2014
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...

Getting started on Classical Latin

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Getting started on Classical Latin Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 10 hours Updated 12 Dec 2013
Latin is the basis for many languages in the world. This unit will provide you with a general introduction to learning Latin allowing you to assess...

Introducing the Classical world

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Intermediate level Duration 20 hours Updated 17 Oct 2013
How do we learn about the world of the ancient Romans and Greeks? This unit will provide you with an insight into the Classical world by...

The Birth of Comedy

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The Birth of Comedy Copyrighted image Credit: 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...

Continuing classical Latin

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Intermediate level Duration 4 hours Updated 17 Oct 2011
This unit gives you the opportunity to hear a discussion of the development of the Latin language.

The Arts Past and Present: Ireland

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The Arts Past and Present: Ireland Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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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Duration 3000 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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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Duration 1200 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
Why study the arts? Apart from sheer enjoyment, these subjects give you an enormous breadth of cultural literacy while training you to think and...

BA (Honours) Humanities

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BA (Honours) Humanities Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
This degree in humanities offers a broad-based grounding in the study and enjoyment of the arts and humanities – covering a fascinating variety of...

Diploma of Higher Education in Humanities

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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
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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Duration 2400 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Voices, texts and material culture

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Introductory level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 08 Jan 2015
This module uses the concepts of voices, texts and material culture to extend your understanding of specific disciplines in the arts and humanities...

The classical studies dissertation

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Masters level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 05 Dec 2014
Complete your MA in Classical Studies with a dissertation of 16,000-18,000 words, on a subject of your choice, with the guidance of your course tutor.

Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds

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Advanced level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Explore Greek and Roman myth through detailed study of individual works of literature, art and architecture combined with an examination of context...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 22 Dec 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...