Online teaching help kit for Classics colleagues

In the current health crisis, Classics colleagues all over the world are being asked to rapidly switch to online teaching. There is already a great deal of help out there, and we don’t want to replicate that, but the following is a list of resources that the Open University and FutureLearn has that might be useful to you. NB: some of the Classical material is pretty old – we’re hoping it still has paedagogical value nonetheless; this list was put together in a hurry so please excuse any formatting errors.

General guidance and help with distance learning:

OU advice page on taking your teaching online

Free course: Take Your Teaching Online

Advice on how to be an online student

Online Classical resources you can use in your teaching:


Introducing Greek and Latin: short course with various materials

Introducing Ancient Greekshort unit on the alphabet, pronunciation, using letters to form words and using words to form simple sentences.

Greek Vocabulary Tester: OU/Eton collaboration based on Reading Greek 

Reading Classical Greekinteractive quizzes based on Reading Greek

Introducing Classical Latin: short unit on basic vocabulary, basic principles of Latin word order and sentence structure

Interactive Latinquiz on Latin noun, verb and adjective endings

Getting started on Classical Latin: free online course with beginners’ materials

The development of the Latin language: discussion of how Latin developed into modern Romance languages

Continuing Classical Latin: short online course


Plato on Tradition and Belief: free online course with usable structured content

Iliad and Odyssey: animated videos

Aeschylus’ Persians: short animated summary

Aristophanes’ Lysistrata: short animated summary

Oedipus: The message in the myth: online text

Encountering a Greek Vase: video

Introduction to Antigone: video

Greek Theatre: podcast

Greek Comedy: podcasts and videos

Acropolis and Parthenon: podcast

Herodotus: various materials

Greek Myth and Dr Who: article

Icarus Myth: free online course with various materials

Introduction to the Iliad: short online course with various materials



Myth at the heart of the Roman Empire: podcast

Introduction to Virgil’s Aeneid: free online course with various materials

Buildings of ancient Rome: podcast

Mosaics at Brading Villa: videos

Hadrian: The Roamin’ Emperor: online game

Learning from human remains: an Etruscan skeleton: podcast

Power and People in Ancient Rome (a study of the arena, baths etc.): podcast

Roman funerary monuments: podcast

Hadrian’s Rome: free course with lots of materials

Ovid and Holkham Hall: podcast

Graffiti in Pompeii: video

Thugga: Romano-African City: free course with various materials



Introducing the Classical World: free course with lots of material on sourcework

Exploring the classical world through the texts of Homer, Catullus, Horace, and Juvenal: podcast

Health and Wellbeing in the Ancient World: short course

The Graeco-Roman city of Paestum: podcast

Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds: the Temple of Diana at Nemi: podcast

The Library of Alexandria: short online course with usable material

The Body in Antiquity: short online course with usable material

Reception: Pygmalion meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer: podcast


CLASSICS CONFIDENTIAL: 150 free videos of interviews with leading scholars on a variety of Classics topics

(including Greek drama, ancient food, medicine and dress, reception of ancient myth and literature, Roman Egypt, Greek democracy, ancient philosophy, Winckelmann, Greek vases, Sparta, Pompeii, gardens and lots more!)


Audio discussions on Ancient Religion on the Baron Thyssen Centre webpage


Reception of Classical Texts Project: 

material on the reception of Greek drama and poetry, mainly in English, from c. 1970 to 2005; searchable database of performances of Greek plays, with comments on staging, translations, adaptations; critical essays focusing on the use of modern sources and a selection of project publications.



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