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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Department of Classics and Ancient History

The Durham Department of Classics & Ancient History is one of the best in the world. It is ranked 12th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings

World Rankings

Durham is one of the world’s leading universities as shown by our world top 100 position in the QS World University Rankings 2020 , where the Durham Department of Classics and Ancient History is ranked 12th in the world.

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 world. It is ranked 12th in the 2020 QS World University Rankings. 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

Project Academy Workshop 1: Speusippus

15th February 2019, 13:00 to 16th February 2019, 17:00, Ritson Room (CL007), Department of Classics & Ancient History, Durham University, 38 North Bailey, Durham, DH1 3EU

Speakers and Chairs: Thomas Bénatouïl (University of Lille), Matilde Berti (University of Pisa), Mauro Bonazzi (University of Utrecht), Giulia De Cesaris (Durham University), Phillip Horky (Durham University), Emily Katz (Michigan State University), Irmgard Männlein-Robert (University of Tϋbingen), Federico Petrucci (University of Turin), Julia Pfefferkorn (University of Tϋbingen), Malcolm Schofield (University of Cambridge)

Project Academy is a partnership of scholars based in Durham and Tϋbingen, with the aim of developing a major initiative in the study of the Platonic tradition. At the heart of this project will be a series of critical editions, English and German translations, and commentaries of the fragments (and testimonies) of the members of Plato’s Academy (ca. 380–266 BCE). Despite the historical importance of the Early Academy, the fragments of those philosophers who were its members are generally inaccessible: they have never been translated into English or German as a whole, and many of the most recent critical editions date from forty years ago and are difficult to obtain. We aim to resolve this issue by developing a team of scholars from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Italy, France, and Belgium, with the core leadership located in Durham and Tϋbingen, both centres of excellence for the history of Platonism.Project Academy, which has won seedcorn funding (€25,000) from the International Office for collaborative development between Durham and Tϋbingen, has two Principal Investigators: Dr Phillip Horky (Durham) is an expert in Ancient Philosophy, with important publications on the history of Platonism prior to the third century CE; and Prof. Dr Irmgard Männlein-Robert (Tϋbingen) is an expert in Ancient Philosophy and Literature, who has published extensively on Plato and on Platonism in the Imperial Age and Late Antiquity.

The initial stages of Project Academy will involve four workshops dedicated to exploring the key issues in producing a major set of editions of the members of the Early Academy, over a period of two years (February 2019–December 2020). At these workshops, we will build a team of specialists to tackle the challenges presented by the project: research on the Early Academy requires knowledge of ancient philosophy and literature over more than a millennium, with specialists in many contingent subjects, including ancient papyrology and inscriptions. We will also prepare funding applications for the next stages of the project. The major research output of Project Academy will be a multi-volume series of the works of the philosophers of the Early Academy (the PI in Durham has worked with Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, and the PI in Tübingen with De Gruyter, Winter and Mohr Siebeck). It will model itself partially on the extremely successful Project Theophrastus (1979–), overseen by William Fortenbaugh (Rutgers), which has had a major effect on the study of Peripateticism and the influence of Aristotle and his students on future generations.

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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.

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