skip to content

Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


The deadline for booking a place on this course has passed. Please use the 'Ask a Question' button to register your interest in future or similar courses.

This course offers a reading and exploration of the first part of Sophocles’ tragedy, Trachiniae. The play tells the story of Deianeira’s marriage to Heracles, for much of which he is absent on his labours, leaving her anxiously awaiting his return. But news of a new concubine sets Deianeira on a path to regain her husband’s love which has tragic consequences. The instability of human fortunes is the overarching theme, within which themes of love, fear of loss, tragic error and its consequences unfold in a powerful drama. The course will appeal to those with a confident grasp of the fundamentals of Classical Greek, who want to explore the texts in their original language. During the weekend we will be reading and discussing Sophocles’ Trachiniae, lines 1-632.



Who can book?

Our weekend courses are open to participants over the age of 18 and courses are taught at approximately first-year undergraduate level. No academic qualifications are required and most courses are suitable for students who are new to the subject. Please ensure that you complete any required reading before the course starts to enable you to fully participate.

English language requirements

Teaching is in English (unless a foreign-language course). If your first language is not English, you will need to satisfy yourself that you have the required near-native command of the language to get the maximum benefit from studying with ICE.

Accessibility and additional support for students 

We make every effort to meet the requirements of those students with additional needs. Please let us know about any additional requirements at the time of booking so that we can offer you the support and advice you require before and during your course(s).

You can also refer to our Further information for students with additional requirements section on our website.

COVID-19 Guidance

Please ensure you read our latest guidance and advice regarding COVID-19 found on our Booking terms and conditions page.

Course dates

28 Jan 2022 to 30 Jan 2022

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

17 Jan 2022

Course fee


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


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
CB23 8AQ
United Kingdom

Qualifications / Credits


Course code