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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Department of Classics and Ancient History

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World Rankings

Record success in QS World Subject Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2019, where we are ranked 74th

A record 18 Durham subjects are also in the world top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019, including ten in the world top 50 and three in the world top ten.

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 Civilisation, 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 97.4%. We are consistently ranked amongst the top Classics departments in the UK: third in the 2020 Complete University Guide; third in the 2019 Guardian University League Tables; fourth in the Times Good University Guide for 2018. We are regularly among the top Classics departments in the UK for graduate employability. In 2019 we were awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award which marks our ongoing commitment as a Department to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, and recognises our efforts to build and sustain a supportive and nurturing academic community.

Upcoming Events

Ekphrasis and Greek Literature: From the Second Century CE to the Byzantine Era

5th July 2018, 13:30 to 6th July 2018, 14:00, Holgate Main Conference Room, Grey College (Durham University), South Road, DH1 3LG.

The Greek word ekphrasis, which is attested quite late and starts appearing frequently only from the third century CE, is explained by the Greek sophist Aelius Theon (c. 1st century CE) as a piece showing in detail and "bringing what is portrayed clearly before the sight".

This conference, which has been generously supported by the British Academy's Newton International Fellowships Scheme and the Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham University, aims to bring together and build up a network of scholars with a prominent interest in Greek ekphrasis and visual culture from the 2nd c. CE to the Byzantine Era, in order to focus on and explore ekphrastic literary texts from this period in a range of ways.

The conference is open to anyone and attendance is free, but online registration (by 20 June 2018) is compulsory. All conference attendees are welcome to join the speakers for the conference dinner on the evening of the 5th of July, but this is at their own expense.

To register for the conference (and for the dinner as well), and for additional information about the conference, please go here.

For further information or any queries, please email the organiser, Arianna Gullo.

Contact for more information about this event.

Contact Details

Department of Classics and Ancient History
38 North Bailey
Durham DH1 3EU
Tel.: +44 (0)191 334 1670
Fax: +44 (0)191 334 1671
Facebook: @DurhamClassics

In 2019 Durham Classics and Ancient History was awarded an Athena Swan Bronze Award.