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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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Shakespeare’s Roman plays are often presented as ‘political’ plays, staging complex power games and machinations and the relentless drive of the personal ambition of their characters. We are frequently led to believe too, that Shakespeare’s knowledge of the classics was poor, and that his Romans were no more than ‘Elizabethan in togas’.

This course challenges these ideas. Delving into a wealth of ancient authors rediscovered in the Renaissance this course will highlight Shakespeare’s complex, compelling and often surprising use of his classical sources to treat the themes of human relationships and thoughts of the hereafter. 


Fees & bursaries


The course fee includes tuition, tea, coffee and lunch and travel on excursions (but not entrance fees to properties visited).

VAT does not apply to course fees and there is no service charge (gratuities to domestic staff are left to your discretion).


You may cancel a course booking at any time. After the 14 day cancellation period has expired, the standard ICE course cancellation policy will apply. Please view our refund and cancellation policy for further details.


The Cambridge University Press (CUP) Bursary Fund offers a bursary of 50% of the course fee to applicants who teach in a UK state school or state-funded further education institution, applying to study a day school, weekend course or online course.

Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

Course dates

27 Feb 2020 to 26 Mar 2020

Course duration

5 Weeks

Apply by

21 Feb 2020

Course fee


Academic Directors, Course Directors and Tutors are subject to change, when necessary.


Qualifications / Credits


Teaching sessions

Meetings: 5

Course code