The Faculty of Classics encompasses research and teaching in all aspects of ancient Greece and Rome, and their neighbours. Specialisms of Faculty members include the economic, social and political history of the ancient cultures, their mythology, science, art, archaeology, thought and and literature, and their reception in other periods. The Faculty is home to the sub-Faculties of Classical Languages and Literature and Ancient History and Classical Archaeology, and a number of internationally renowned research projects including the Beazley Archive, the Lexicon of Greek Personal Names, and Oxyrynchus Papyri.
Faculty of Classics
Teaching and Research Showcase
Podcast: Greek and Roman Drama - Theatre History & Modern Performance (APGRD Public Lectures)
Podcasts of the lectures and in-conversation events with acclaimed actors, directors, playwrights, and academics, on modern and historic performances inspired by ancient Greek and Roman texts - hosted by the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama. For upcoming public events please visit the APGRD website.
Book: Writing Biography in Greece and Rome: Narrative Technique and Fictionalization (edited by Koen De Temmerman and Kristoffel Demoen, 2016)
Ancient biography is now a well-established and popular field of study among classicists as well as many scholars of literature and history more generally. In particular biographies offer important insights into the dynamics underlying ancient performance of the self and social behaviour, issues currently of crucial importance in classical studies. They also raise complex issues of narrativity and fictionalization. This volume examines a range of ancient texts which are or purport to be biographical and explores how formal narrative categories such as time, space and character are constructed and how they address (highlight, question, thematize, underscore or problematize) the borderline between historicity and fictionality. In doing so, it makes a major contribution not only to the study of ancient biographical writing but also to broader narratological approaches to ancient texts.
Research Project: Anachronism and Antiquity
This Leverhulme Trust-funded project, running from 2016 to 2019, is undertaking the first systematic study of the concept of anachronism in Greco-Roman antiquity and of the role played by the idea of anachronism in the formation of the concept of antiquity itself.
The project, led by Professor Tim Rood and Professor John Marincola, looks at both classical and modern material, pairing close analysis of surviving literary and material evidence from classical antiquity with detailed study of the post-classical term ‘anachronism’, and with modern theoretical writings that link the notion of anachronism with the conceptualization of antiquity.