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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


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In the second half of the play the consequences of Deianeira’s tragic error are worked through. Her attempt to win back Heracles' love leads to her suicide and his agonising death. Full of outrage at his fate, he dominates the last 300 lines, railing at his wife and bullying his son Hyllus. Sophocles offers no divine resolution, only granting Heracles a partial understanding of his suffering near the end. The play’s insistent themes remain an uncomfortable collision between primitive emotion and civilised empathy, and the apparent unjustness and unpredictability of human life. The course will again appeal to those with a confident grasp of the fundamentals of Classical Greek, and who want to explore this text in the original language. The prescribed portion of the play is lines 633 to 1278.



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

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Course dates

17 Jun 2022 to 19 Jun 2022

Course duration

1 Weekend

Apply by

06 Jun 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

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