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Ancient Athens: Jenny Morris

"Athens in the 5th century BC was a vibrant and fast changing city; it was a place whose growing importance in the Greek world made it a centre of cultural brilliance, political experiment and intellectual debate. It was also a city of stark inequalities, and the centre of a ruthlessly imperialistic regime. In these sessions we shall consider both the admirable and the alienating aspects of ancient Athenian culture, society and politics; these will include the evolution and workings of its radical democracy, Athenians' buildings and domestic arts, drama (both tragedy and comedy), philosophy (notably Plato), the acquisition and running of the Athenian empire, and the position of the less privileged members of society. There will be plenty of visual material as well as discussion. No previous knowledge is expected, though participants' contributions will be valued."

Tutor: Jenny Morris

"Jenny Morris is an Associate Lecturer at the OU and also a schoolteacher, teaching Classics and Philosophy. She read these subjects at the University of Cambridge and undertook postgraduate research at University College London. She was Head of Classics at Bedford High School for Girls for twenty years and continues to teach in local schools. She started working as a tutor here at the REC in 2011 and enjoyed the company of its students immediately. "