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Classical Latin: the language of ancient Rome free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Classical Latin: the language of ancient Rome

You'll be provided with three printed module books, each covering one block of study, along with a Readings and Resources Book, and a Language Reference Book. You'll have access to a module website, which includes:

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Getting started on classical Latin free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

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 before and who felt they would like to spend a little time preparing for the kind of learning that studying a classical language involves. The course will give you a taster of what is involved in the very early stages of learning Latin and will offer you the opportunity to put in some early practice.

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10 hrs
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Continuing classical Latin free course icon Level

History & The Arts 

Continuing classical Latin

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

Free course
4 hrs
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Hadrian, Rome and the Roman Empire article icon

History & The Arts 

Hadrian, Rome and the Roman Empire

Reveal the stories of Hadrian's Wall and take a look at the legacy the Ancient Romans have left behind. 

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History & The Arts 

Exploring History: Medieval to Modern 1400 - 1900

Ever wanted to understand the key themes driving over five hundred years of European history? In this album, architecture reveals the social, religious and economic fortunes of some of the most influential people between 1400 and 1900. By the end of the 19th century Queen Victoria presided over the vast British Empire. She looked out from London, the heart of her empire, with its buildings echoing Imperial Rome. Brussels’ architecture, like London’s, was also designed to show the world the power and imagination of its 19th century king, Leopold the 1st. Architecture was also used in the medieval period to show devotion to God or simply to signal wealth and authority. The wealthy French nobleman, Jacques Coeur, completed his imposing palace in 1450 and Richard Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick’s chapel not only reflects contemporary ideas about death and salvation but also the status of one of the most powerful English noblemen of the 15th century. This material is taken from The Open University course A200 Exploring history: medieval to modern 1400 - 1900.

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40 mins
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Power and people in ancient Rome audio icon

History & The Arts 

Power and people in ancient Rome

The ancient Romans constructed some of the first ever purpose-built venues for mass-entertainment. How do these structures enhance the audience’s experience of the spectacle? This album looks at famous Roman buildings like the Colosseum, a venue designed to impress, where vast numbers of people congregated for gladiatorial combat, chariot-racing and theatrical shows. Structures such as the Circus Maximus and even the Baths were designed as striking symbols of civic pride, glorifying the power of the Emperors who built them. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the classical world.

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30 mins
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History & The Arts 

Buildings of ancient Rome

Rome: a majestic city with a rich past, spanning over two and a half thousand years. What remains to be seen of ancient Rome? As the heart of the Roman Empire, ancient Rome’s archaeological remains have been studied and admired for centuries, many being well-preserved due to their incorporation into newer structures. This album explores the sites of some of the republican temples in Rome’s Campus Martius, and relates them to the men who built them. The Roman Forum, centre of political and social activities, is examined for its importance in modelling city centres throughout the Roman world. This material forms part of The Open University course A219 Exploring the Classical World.

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40 mins
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History & The Arts 

Imperial Rome and Ostia

The splendidly evocative ruins of ancient Rome have long been a challenge to historians and archaeologists in reconstructing how it looked and functioned. It became the largest city in the western world during the imperial period, so how was the city constructed, and what were the materials used? How was it defended, supplied with food and water, and how were the people housed and entertained, and above all, how did it function? These video tracks use various famous sites such as the Baths of Caracalla and the Pantheon to answer some of these questions. This material forms part of the course AT308 Cities and technology: from Babylon to Singapore.

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1 hr
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Does Rome hold lessons for the EU? article icon

Society, Politics & Law 

Does Rome hold lessons for the EU?

The Open Minds programme hosted a discussion on the lesson the EU could learn from the Roman Empire.

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History & The Arts 

Pathology in Renaissance Italy

Historians have argued that the Church saw dissection as a desecration of God's creation. But Katherine Park has found evidence of numerous dissections.

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Health, Sports & Psychology 

Today's ancient pharmacists

The pharmaceutical-rich shelves of modern Western chemists and hospitals filled with sophisticated technologies seem far removed from the home remedies and medicines of the past, but are modern medical technologies really so different? Discover today's ancient pharmacists.

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