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Achilles and Odysseus: fate, destiny and free will (audio)
Achilles and Odysseus: fate, destiny and free will (audio)

Duration: 02:11

The roles of fate, destiny and free will in the Iliad and Odyssey are explained and a discussion of the characters of Achilles and Odysseus are used as examples of these themes.

 
Agathon’s Speech (audio)
Agathon’s Speech (audio)

Duration: 01:45

An extract of Agathon’s speech, from Plato's symposium.

 
Anansi and Turtle (Latin)
Anansi and Turtle (Latin)

Duration: 05:05

Turtle is hungry. The smell of food leads him to Anansi the spider, who reluctantly allows him to share her food. However, she tricks him and he ends up with nothing - so he plots his revenge.

 
C P Cavafy - 'Ithaka' (audio)
C P Cavafy - 'Ithaka' (audio)

Duration: 02:14

Claire Higgins reads 'Ithaka' by C P Cavafy.

 
Hector and Achilles: fate and free will in the Iliad (audio)
Hector and Achilles: fate and free will in the Iliad (audio)

Duration: 02:18

Presenter Adam Nicholson explores the different socio-political environments of the Trojans and Greeks.

 
Homer - The Garden of Alcinous (audio)
Homer - The Garden of Alcinous (audio)

Duration: 01:54

An extract from The Garden of Alcinous by Homer, read by John Rowe.

 
John Keats - 'On first looking into Chapman’s Homer' (audio)
John Keats - 'On first looking into Chapman’s Homer' (audio)

Duration: 01:00

Claire Higgins reads 'On first looking into Chapman's Homer' by John Keats.

 
Land and sea in the Odyssey (audio)
Land and sea in the Odyssey (audio)

Duration: 01:23

The theme of the sea in the Odyssey.

 
Midas (Latin)
Midas (Latin)

Duration: 05:02

Midas and Pactolo are rival rappers and only one of them can be famous. However, just as it looks like Midas is down and out, things take a turn.

 
Narcissus (Latin)
Narcissus (Latin)

Duration: 04:47

Narcissus is the most beautiful man ever - but he will lose it all if he ever sees his reflection.

 
Odysseus and Poseidon (audio)
Odysseus and Poseidon (audio)

Duration: 01:56

Discussion of the environment in The Odyssey as representative of the relationship between Odysseus and Poseidon.

 
Odysseus and the sirens
Odysseus and the sirens

Duration: 01:19

Simon Armitage describes Odysseus’s encounter with the sirens.

 
Odysseus and the Sirens (audio)
Odysseus and the Sirens (audio)

Duration: 01:42

What Odysseus' meeting with the Sirens tells us about his character.

 
Sophocle' odes and fragments (audio)
Sophocle' odes and fragments (audio)

Duration: 04:54

A reading from a Sophocles: Ode to Aphrodite.

 
The Hare and the Tortoise (Latin)
The Hare and the Tortoise (Latin)

Duration: 05:03

The tortoise and the hare have a race - but who will win?

 
The Iliad and  the Odyssey: composition, performance and setting (audio)
The Iliad and the Odyssey: composition, performance and setting (audio)

Duration: 03:21

Description of the composition and performance of the Iliad and the Odyssey.

 
The Iliad: epic landscapes and lyrical death scenes (audio)
The Iliad: epic landscapes and lyrical death scenes (audio)

Duration: 03:58

The contrast and transition in Homer’s writing between the 'epic' landscape descriptions and the lyric detail of battle scenes and the frailty of the human experience.

 
The inspiration for Ovid's poetry
The inspiration for Ovid's poetry

Duration: 02:13

In a dramatisation, Roman poet Ovid describes the themes in his poem Transformations (Metamorphoses).

 
The Journey from Troy to Ithaca
The Journey from Troy to Ithaca

Duration: 00:59

Simon Armitage describes the start of the Odyssey.

 
The life of Sophocles (audio)
The life of Sophocles (audio)

Duration: 01:34

Oliver Taplin gives historical and biographical details about Sophocles.

 
The Odyssey: Odysseus encounters  the Sirens (audio)
The Odyssey: Odysseus encounters the Sirens (audio)

Duration: 05:00

Odysseus risks sailing past the island of the Sirens, tied to the mast, while his crew have wax in their ears to keep out the deadly song.

 
The poetry of Sophocles (audio)
The poetry of Sophocles (audio)

Duration: 02:29

A discussion of Sophocles’ style of writing and the development of poetry, including a reading.

 
The town mouse and the country mouse (Latin)
The town mouse and the country mouse (Latin)

Duration: 05:06

A mouse named Jacques visits the love of his life Lucille

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

Duration: 03:24

Socrates debates the nature of goodness and democracy with Anytus, a debate which will lead to his trial and execution.

 
The trial and death of Socrates by Stephen Baczkiewicz (audio)
The trial and death of Socrates by Stephen Baczkiewicz (audio)

Duration: 01:39

On trial in Athens, Socrates describes himself as a 'gadfly', intending to goad Athenians out of their complacency.

 
The trial and death of Socrates: escape or death? (audio)
The trial and death of Socrates: escape or death? (audio)

Duration: 02:31

Josias meets Socrates in his prison cell, offering him an escape from his death sentence.

 
The Trojan war as described in The Iliad (audio)
The Trojan war as described in The Iliad (audio)

Duration: 03:25

Contrasting the Greeks and Trojans as described in epic and lyric poetry.

 
Ulysses by Tennyson (audio)
Ulysses by Tennyson (audio)

Duration: 04:36

Tim McMullin reads Tennyson’s poem ‘Ulysses’.

 

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