Here are some selected links of general interest for Classical Studies. If you would like to find out more about studying with us, see our Taster Material.
Classics Confidential: all that’s fit to vodcast in classics research. Every week two of our lecturers interview an expert working on some aspect of classical antiquity, and ask them to share their juiciest discoveries and their true thoughts on this exciting and mysterious world.
Friends of Classics is a lively site featuring regularly updated news stories on all sorts of classical issues, both Roman and Greek.
What is Translation?
In four short dialogues, Oliver Taplin, Emeritus Professor in the Oxford University Classics Department and Lorna Hardwick, Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies and Director of the Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth Century Drama and Poetry in English project, discuss the issues surrounding the translation of Ancient Greek and Roman texts for modern audiences. Looking into the technical, philosophical and literary aspects of this, they centre their discussions around four topics: Is there a core to translation? Is there ever a faithful translation? Can Poetry be Translated? And who translates and for whom?
Classical Philosophy Podcasts
You may be interested in podcasts on classical philosophy made by Nigel Warburton of the OU's Philosophy Department with Myles Burnyeat (on Aristotle on Happiness), Simon Blackburn (on Plato's Cave), Angie Hobbs (on Plato on Love and Plato on War) and Melissa Lane (on Plato and Popper on the State). These are part of an ongoing weekly podcast series Philosophy Bites. The simplest way to locate these programmes is to follow the link above (to past programmes) and select numbers 1, 26, 28, 36 from the list.
Practitioners' Voices in Classical Reception Studies
Practitioners' Voices aims to provide a Forum in which all involved in the creative practices that are so crucial to classical receptions can discuss the relationship between their work and the classical texts, themes and contexts on which they draw. For example, the September 2010 edition focuses on Translation of Greek and Roman Poetry and Drama: Scholarship and Creativity.
Digital Resources links to humanities resources either available free of charge or via the OU Library.
A Basic Guide to Archaeology by Tom Olding.
Memorabilia Antonina: OU Associate Lecturer Tony Keen runs his own blog with comment on things Classical
Follow this link for views and reviews of Troy the film, the site and the writings of Homer.
Gladiator reviewed by Paula James
This is now available to OU students and tutors from the Arts & Humanities subject website under Classical Studies. You will need to be logged in using your OU computer username.