Ancient Literature


Professor Tim Whitmarsh discusses the question ‘What is a Hero?’ and whether they are necessarily good people.

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World of the Hero: Curriculum Links

How can You use the videos in this section?

Videos in this section are perfect companions for the OCR A Level World of the Hero (H408/11) module. 

For GCSE student of the Homeric World module (J199/21). 

For those studying Latin or Ancient Greek, the videos on the Odyssey, the Iliad and the Aeneid are great for contextualisation of the texts. 

Virgil and Dido

Join Dr Ingo Gildenhard as he wonders whether Virgil invented the encounter between Dido and Aeneas using previous myths of Dido.


Medea by Euripides is a prescribed text for the OCR Classical Civilisation A Level. This discussion with the producers of an all BAME Medea is a great resource for use in the classroom. Khameleon Productions’ adaptation of the play focuses on Medea’s “otherness” and exclusion. It is also useful for those studying the OCR Women in the Ancient World GCSE module. 

Tragedy and Comedy: Curriculum Links

How do these videos link with what you are teaching? 

The video on Women in the Ancient World: Greek Tragedy, has clear links to the OCR GCSE Classical Civilisation module on Women in the Ancient World, as it discusses both ‘Helen’ and ‘Medea’ of Euripides. 

‘Medea’ is also a set text for the Invention of the Barbarian module, in explaining the context of fifth century Athens, Dr Omitowoju gives an essentail insight to the meaning of the play.