Classics and Ancient History

The scope of our research is distinctively wide, encompassing all the major civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean from Sumer and Mesopotamia, and Egypt, to all periods of classical antiquity up to and beyond the end of the Roman Empire.

Students examining an ancient object

We provide linguistic expertise in Sumerian, Akkadian, all periods of Egyptian, Ancient Greek, and Latin. For the range of authors available, from Homer to Augustine, see our text directory.

Over and above work in individual specialist areas, we work in the following thematic clusters (click on the titles for further detail):

Egypt and the Ancient Near East

The text, history and culture of the earliest civilisations.

Mythology and religion

In Greece, Rome, the Ancient Near East, Egypt; pagan and Christian; the history of modern interpretation.

Life in the Greek and Roman city

Issues such as life-course (eg childhood, old age), slavery, oaths and inter-state relations, dress, gender, polis and citizenhood, topography, conflict.

Cultural memory

The theory of how identities are created by the way in which the past is remembered and memorialised. Particularly in Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Reception and classical tradition

The appropriation or adaptation of Greek and Roman traditions by modern artists and authors from the Renaissance to the present day. This also includes translation studies,  reception within antiquity, and film.

Elsewhere in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Classics and Ancient History is one of three interlinked research areas in Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology. For these see Archaeology and Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies.

We welcome proposals that span more than one area.