Classics and Ancient History at Durham University belongs to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and is one of the most vibrant Classics departments in the UK. Our academic staff specialise in a wide range of artistic, historical, literary, linguistic, cultural and philosophical aspects of the Graeco-Roman world.
In the REF2014 evaluation of research quality, the Department was ranked joint second in the UK. We stand in third place in the UK with respect to world leading research and joint first place in the UK for world leading or internationally excellent research impact and research environment. To find out more about REF2014, and the Department's results, see our REF results page.
The Durham Classics, Classical Past, and Ancient History degrees offer both academic rigour and an outstanding student experience. Student satisfaction with our degree programmes, as measured by the annual NSS Survey, stands at a fantastic 94%. We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics departments in the UK: third (for the third year in a row) in the 2014 Times Good University Guide, fourth in the Guardian University Guide 2015, and fourth in the 2015 Complete University Guide. We are regularly among the top Classics departments in the UK for graduate employability (this year, third in the CUG).
Selected Recent Publications
- Edoardo Zamuner, Ermelinda Valentina di Lascio, and D. K. Levy (eds), Ludwig Wittgenstein: Lecture on Ethics (Blackwell 2014)
- Ed Richardson, Classical Victorians: Scholars, Scoundrels and Generals in Pursuit of Antiquity (CUP 2013)
- Barbara Graziosi, The Gods of Olympus: A History (Profile 2013)
- Nicholas Horsfall, Virgil, Aeneid 6: A Commentary (de Gruyter 2013)
- Nora Goldschmidt, Shaggy Crowns: Ennius' Annales and Virgil's Aeneid (OUP 2013)
- George Boys-Stones, Dmitri El Murr, and Christopher Gill (eds), The Platonic Art of Philosophy (OUP 2013) - a collection in honour of Christopher Rowe
- Phillip Horky, Plato and Pythagoreanism (OUP 2013)
- Johannes Haubold, Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature (CUP 2013)
- Johannes Haubold, Giovanni B. Lanfranchi, Robert Rollinger, and John Steele (eds.), The World of Berossos (Harrassowitz 2013)
- George Boys-Stones and Christopher Rowe, The Circle of Socrates. Readings in the First-Generation Socratics (Hackett 2013)
- Edward M. Harris, The Rule of Law in Action (OUP 2013)
- A. Gardner, E. Herring and K. Lomas (eds), Creating Ethnicities and Identities in the Roman World (Institute of Classical Studies, 2013)
- Ted Kaizer, Anna Leone, Edmund Thomas, and Robert Witcher (eds), Cities and Gods. Religious Space in Transition (Peeters 2013)