In Classical Studies at the OU, we’re keen to spread the good word of Classical Studies far and wide, especially in schools. This page contains links to resources we’ve produced that you might find useful if you're teaching Classical Studies subjects at school. You’ll also find a list of who is available to speak in schools and the kinds of topics they've given talks on in the past.
A large quantity of our bespoke teaching materials can be found on our Taster Materials page. Although these were designed for university teaching, many of the resources will also be useful in GCSE and A Level classrooms. These are divided up by module, so it should be easy to find what you need.
We have also created three videos that explore the place of women in the classical Greek theatre, the role of dress in expressing Roman identity, and some of the different mourning rituals in ancient Rome.
In addition, the following resources are available:
Greek history, literature, and culture
OpenLearn: Introducing Homer’s Iliad
OpenLearn: Icarus: entering the world of myth
Roman history, literature, and culture
OpenLearn: Introducing Virgil’s Aeneid
OpenLearn: Discovering Ancient Greek and Latin
OpenLearn: Continuing classical Latin
Classics Confidential podcasts on a variety of topics
Advocating Classics Education website, of which we are a partner institution
Our research covers the entire ancient Mediterranean, and touches on the full remit of Classical Studies. We welcome invitations to give talks in schools or to other groups on the subject areas listed below, so do get in touch.
Elton Barker: the Homeric world (poetry and society); Greek tragedy; Herodotus (Greeks and barbarians); geography of the ancient Mediterranean
Emma Bridges: Homeric poetry and its reception; the Persian Wars; Greek drama; Greek myth and its reception
Emma-Jayne Graham: Roman death and burial; Roman religion; Roman archaeology
Jessica Hughes: Greek and Roman religion (especially temples and votive offerings); Greek and Roman art (especially painted pottery); the world of Pompeii
Jasmine Hunter-Evans: classical reception topics, particularly the afterlives of Greek and Roman myth and literature, the classical tradition across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and visions of ancient empire and decline in the modern world
Joanna Paul: classical reception topics, including the ancient world in contemporary popular culture; Latin literature; Pompeii
Phil Perkins: Etruscans; pre-Roman Italy; Roman Italy; the city of Rome
Christine Plastow: Classical Athens; Athenian democracy; Athenian law; ancient rhetoric and public speaking; Greek drama
James Robson: Aristophanes and Greek comedy; Greek sex and sexuality
Ursula Rothe: Roman society; Roman dress; Roman provinces; Roman historical authors; Roman army; Roman archaeology
Alexandra Wilding: ancient Greek history; ancient Greek religion; ancient Greek material culture and epigraphy
Naoko Yamagata: Homer; Hesiod; Virgil