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Antigone by Sophocles: Creon laments his son and wife (audio)
Antigone by Sophocles: Creon laments his son and wife (audio)

Duration: 03:29

King Creon mourns the deaths of his son and wife following Antigone's suicide taking responsibility for his fate.

 
Oedipus and Tyrannos -  the fulfilment of prophecy (audio)
Oedipus and Tyrannos - the fulfilment of prophecy (audio)

Duration: 04:56

In an extract from 'Oedipus Tyrannos' by Sophocles, Oedipus argues with Tiresias about his prophecies, denying there is any truth in them.

 
Oedipus at Kolonnus: the sign from Zeus (audio)
Oedipus at Kolonnus: the sign from Zeus (audio)

Duration: 02:31

A thunderstorm is taken as a sign from Zeus by Oedipus that he must sacrifice himself to save Athens, he swears Theseus to secrecy over the location of his tomb.

 
The Iliad and Odyssey
The Iliad and Odyssey

Duration: 01:29

Comparison of how the characters of Achilles and Odysseus undergo transformation in the Iliad and Odyssey.

 
The Iliad: Helen and Priam on the walls of Troy (audio)
The Iliad: Helen and Priam on the walls of Troy (audio)

Duration: 03:41

An extract from Book III of The Iliad: the opposing armies meet on the battlefield, meanwhile Helen meets King Priam on walls of Troy.

 
The Iliad: the death of Hector (audio)
The Iliad: the death of Hector (audio)

Duration: 03:49

Achilles kills Hector in a duel, Hector predicts Achilles' own death as he lies dying.

 
The Odyssey: opening lines (audio)
The Odyssey: opening lines (audio)

Duration: 02:22

Claire Higgins reads an extract from the opening of Homers’ The Odyssey. (Translated by George Chapman).

 
The Odyssey: prologue (audio)
The Odyssey: prologue (audio)

Duration: 04:51

The Olympian gods discuss the fate of Odysseus, trapped on the island of Calypso for many years.

 
The trial and death of Socrates (audio)
The trial and death of Socrates (audio)

Duration: 04:14

Socrates answers the charges against him in the Athenian courts.

 
Ulysses by Tennyson
Ulysses by Tennyson

Duration: 04:57

Tim McMullin reads Ulysses by Tennyson.

 

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