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Department of Classics and Ancient History


The Guardian University League Tables 2017

We have risen to third (from fourth last year) in the Guardian University League tables for 2017 -- our best perfomance to date in the Gaurdian, which puts more weight on student exerience (relative to research excellence) than the other tables.

(23 May 2016)

2017 Complete University Guide

Durham Classics has move up from fourth to second place in the latest UK league table - the 2017 Complete University Guide.

(25 Apr 2016)

Durham wins bid for TRAC2017

In a tight vote, a joint Archaeology and Classics team beat out Southampton and Edinburgh to be hosts for TRAC2017, the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference. Congratulations to the pitch team, PhD students Fabio Luci from Classics and Emily Hanscam from Archaeology; and to all the others who worked on the bid. 

(20 Mar 2016) » More about Durham wins bid for TRAC2017

Oliver Stone event

You can read about Oliver Stone's visit to Durham on 10th March, and his engagement with members of the Classics Department, here: to all involved, especially Ivana Petrovic!

(11 Mar 2016)

PhD success

Congratulations to Nicolò Benzi, who passed his PhD viva today. His thesis, written under the primary supervision of Phil, was called 'Philosophy in Verse: Competition and Early Greek Philosophical Thought.

(11 Mar 2016)

Classics For All funding for Living Poets

Francesca Richards and Barbara Graziosi have just won a grant from Classics for All to develop teaching materials for Primary Schools related to the Living Poets project, and help inroduce ancient authors and their works to local children.

Find out more about the Living Poets project here.

(6 Mar 2016)

BA Small Research Grant Success

Three awards, of £5,000-8,000, have been made to members of the Department by the British Academy to fund research projects: congratulations to Dr. James Corke-Webster (Constructed Sainthood: Test Cases for a Literary Approach to Hagiography); Dr Amy Russell (The social dynamics of image-making and ideology formation in the Roman empire); and Dr Kathryn Stevens ('Bond of heaven and earth': celestial-terrestrial relations in Late Babylonian scholarship)!

(2 Mar 2016)

BA Skills Innovator Award for Peter Heslin

Congratulations to Peter Heslin, who has won a British Academy Skills Innovator Award to help in the development of software which will enable users to use morphological and lexcial tools on any online text in Greek and Latin. Like Peter's 'Diogenes' software, this important work has the potential to make a huge array of texts available to a much wider range of users than before.

(26 Feb 2016)

Acclaim for Peter Heslin

Peter Heslin's book, The Museum of Augustus, has received an Honorable Mention in the Classics category of the prestigious PROSE Awards, administered by the the Professional and Scholarly Publishing division of the Association of American Publishers):

(17 Feb 2016)

International recognition for Matt Duncombe

Congratulations to Matt Duncombe, who has received honourable mention in the International Plato Society prize for the best PhD dissertation on Plato:

(17 Feb 2016)

Two new JRFs

Dr Nathan Gilbert (Toronto) and Dr Anthony Hooper (Sydney) have both won 3-year Junior Research Fellowships to work in the Department on their projects on Roman philosophical identity, and Plato's views of immortality (respectively).

(13 Feb 2016) » More about Two new JRFs

Luke Evans successfully defends thesis

Luke Evans has successfully defended his thesis, 'Recipe for Love: A Semiotic Analysis of the Tools in the Erotic Magical Papyri', subject to minor corrections. Many congratulations Luke!

(11 Jan 2016)

Barbara Graziosi wins impact grant

Barbara Graziosi has been awarded funding from the AHRC Cultural Engagement Fund. The award (ca £20k) will enable Francesca Richards, who has just completed her doctorate on versions of the Odyssey for children, to collaborate with the theatre company Changeling Productions and with local primary schools to develop workshops and teaching materials. These will use Living Poets research to introduce famous Greek authors and their works to young children.

(10 Dec 2015)

Francesca Richards' successful thesis defence

Francesca Richards has successfully defended her thesis, 'Dangerous Creatures’: Children’s adaptations of Homer’s Odyssey in English 1699-2013', subject to minor corrections. Many congratulations Francesca!

(9 Dec 2015)

New publication on space and politics in Republican Rome

Dr. Amy Russell's first monograph, The Politics of Public Space in Republican Rome, has just come out with Cambridge University Press. Get your copy here!

(9 Dec 2015)

David Lewis appointed at Nottingham

Dr. David Lewis, who received his PhD from the department, has been appointed to a non-fixed lectureship in the Department of Classics at the University of Nottingham. Congratulations David!

(19 Nov 2015)

Tristan Herzogenrath-Amelung has MA thesis accepted for publication

Tristan Herzogenrath-Amelung has just had a revised version of his Durham MA thesis accepted to be published as an article in the journal Historia, entitled 'Social status and combat reality of Classical Greek epibatai'. Congratulations Tristan!

(17 Nov 2015)

Exciting new publication on the ancient Greek economy

Prof. Edward Harris (Emeritus Professor), Dr. Mark Woolmer (current department member ) and Dr. David Lewis (department alumnus) have co-edited the volume The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City States, just out with Cambridge University Press. Details can be found here). 

(12 Nov 2015)

Amy Russell awarded 2-year AHRC Leadership Fellowship

Dr. Amy Russell has been awarded a prestigious 2-year AHRC Leadership Fellowship for her exciting new project “Senatorial Monuments: a new approach to the social dynamics of ideology formation in the Roman empire”. 

(26 Oct 2015) » More about Amy Russell awarded 2-year AHRC Leadership Fellowship

Catherine Goode successfully defends her PhD

Catherine Goode has successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Catherine!

(26 Oct 2015)

Durham alumnus Mirko Canevaro awarded the Philip Leverhulme Prize

Mirko Canevaro, who studied for his PhD in the Classics and Ancient History Department at Durham, has been awarded the prestigious Philip Leverhulme Prize, one of five Classicists in the UK to receive the award. Congratulations Mirko!

(26 Oct 2015)

Leonid Zhmud awarded Senior Research Fellowship at Durham

(2 Jul 2015) » More about Leonid Zhmud awarded Senior Research Fellowship at Durham

Nicolò Benzi awarded the Newman Fellowship

(23 Jun 2015) » More about Nicolò Benzi awarded the Newman Fellowship

Fellowship Success for Dr Ugo Zilioli

(28 Apr 2015) » More about Fellowship Success for Dr Ugo Zilioli

'On Seeing the Author' Exhibition Opens

(8 Feb 2015) » More about 'On Seeing the Author' Exhibition Opens

Prof. Peter Rhodes awarded Durham's Chancellor's Medal

(8 Feb 2015) » More about Prof. Peter Rhodes awarded Durham's Chancellor's Medal

Andrej Petrovic wins Humboldt Fellowship

The Department is delighted to announce that Dr Andrej Petrovic has been awarded a prestigious Humboldt Foundation Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers.

(20 Oct 2014) » More about Andrej Petrovic