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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Past News


PhD success for Marijn Visscher

Congratulations to Marijn Visscher, who is being recommended for the award of a PhD by her examiners after her viva today. Her thesis, Beyond Alexandria: Hellenistic Literature and the Seleukid Empire, was written under the supervision of Prof. Johannes Haubold and Dr Ivana Petrovic, and examined by Dr Paola Ceccarelli (UCL) and Dr Kathryn Stevens (Durham).

(7 Jun 2016)

Dr Richardson: a New Generation Thinker

Dr Ed Richardson has been selected as one of this year’s ten BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinkers. He was at the 2016 Hay Festival, where he recorded a show about his research broadcast on Radio 3 on 31st May at 10 p.m. Look out for it on iPlayer – and for further media appearances by Dr Richardson over the course of the year.

(31 May 2016) » More about Dr Richardson: a New Generation Thinker

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)

Award Winning Film Director Oliver Stone comes to Durham

(26 Feb 2016) » More about In Conversation with Oliver Stone

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

Corinna Brunini-Cronin successfully defends PhD

Corinna Brunini-Cronin has successfully passed her PhD, subject to minor corrections. Congratulations Corinna!

(26 Oct 2015)

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

REF 2014 results

In the REF2014 evaluation of research quality, the department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham was ranked joint second place in the UK by grade point average. 86% per cent of our research overall was considered to be of world leading and internationally excellent quality. We stand in third place with respect to world leading research and in joint first place for world leading or internationally excellent research impact and research environment. 

(18 Dec 2014)

Congraultations to Daniele Sberna

The Department would like to congratulate Daniele Sberna, who is studying for his PhD at Durham, on having his paper “Λιγύς swan and intratextual unity in Callimachus’s Aitia prologue” accepted for publication.

(20 Oct 2014) » More about Daniele Sberna

Marijn Visscher wins fellowship at Harvard

Many congratulations to current PhD student Marijn Visscher, who has been awarded a Harvard Visiting Fellowship.

(18 Aug 2014) » More about Marijn Visscher

Major ERC Proof of Concept grant for Barbara Graziosi and Peter Heslin

We are delighted to announce that the European Research Council have awarded a grant of 150,000 Euros to a team led by Prof. Barbara Graziosi and Dr. Peter Heslin for an incredibly exciting project: developing the first viable solution for digitising early books printed in Latin, using Optical Character Recognition.

(11 Aug 2014) » More about ERC grant

Johannes Haubold elected to the Academy of Europe

Prof. Johannes Haubold, Head of Department in Classics and Ancient History, has been elected to membership of the Academia Europaea, or Academy of Europe.

(21 Jul 2014) » More about Johannes Haubold

Congratulations to all our 2014 graduates!

On Wednesday, 68 BA students and 8 PhD students from the Department of Classics and Ancient History graduated in the Cathedral.

(4 Jul 2014) » More about graduation

Leverhulme success for recent PhDs

Nikoletta Manioti and David Lewis, both recently awarded PhDs in Classics and Ancient History at Durham, have won prestigious Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships.

(21 May 2014) » More about Leverhulme success

Listen to Barbara Graziosi on Newstalk

Barbara Graziosi was a guest on Ireland's Newstalk radio yesterday, and the programme is now available as a podcast.

(20 May 2014) » More about Barbara Graziosi

Amy Russell shortlisted for DSU feedback award

Dr Russell, Lecturer in the department of Classics and Ancient History, has been shortlisted for the 'Closing the Loop' award.

(19 May 2014) » More about Amy Russell

Excellent placement for MA students

A number of this year's MA students have already made plans to move on to PhDs. Many others have pursued opportunities beyond academia.

(13 May 2014) » More about MA placement

Leverhulme Fellowship for George Boys-Stones

George Boys-Stones has been awarded a 12-month research fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.

(12 May 2014) » More about George Boys-Stones

Welcome to Matthew Duncombe

We are delighted to announce that Matthew Duncombe has won a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship to spend three years at Durham, from September 2014.

(12 May 2014) » More about Matthew Duncombe

Peter Heslin recognised for outstanding research impact

Dr Peter Heslin has been awarded one of the first University Awards for Excellence in Research Impact - one of only two in the Faculty - in recognition of his work on impact generation, on behalf of the university, and for his work with others to help them do the same. The award recognises how Durham research reaches and benefits the wider community.

(29 Apr 2014) » More about Peter Heslin

P. J. Rhodes elected president of the Classical Association

Professor P. J. Rhodes, emeritus in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, has been elected to the presidency of the Classical Association for 2014/15.

(24 Apr 2014) » More about Prof. Rhodes

Watch Zenia Selby's Hadrian documentary on Youtube

(16 Mar 2014) » More about Hadrian

Zenia Selby's Hadrian film premieres this Friday

Current second-year Classics student Zenia Selby has made a short documentary film about Hadrian's Wall, supported by the Vindolanda Trust and the Department of Archaeology.

(24 Feb 2014) » More about Hadrian premiere

Donald Murray's PhD awarded posthumously

We are delighted to announce that Donald Murray has been awarded a posthumous PhD for his thesis on 'Darius and his Audiences: A Study in the Royal Inscriptions and their Earliest Reception'.

(21 Feb 2014) » More about Donald Murray

Johannes Haubold's book wins PROSE award

Johannes Haubold's book Greece and Mesopotamia: Dialogues in Literature (CUP 2013) has been selected as the winner of the PROSE award in Classics and Ancient History.

(21 Feb 2014) » More about PROSE award win

Valentina Di Lascio wins CHS fellowship

Ermelinda Valentina Di Lascio has been awarded a prestigious fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard.

(17 Feb 2014) » More about Valentina Di Lascio

Alessandra Zenobi's Durham PhD has become a book

(13 Feb 2014) » More about Alessandra Zanobi

Recent PhD successes in the department

Congratulations to all the PhD candidates who successfully passed their vivas this winter!

(29 Jan 2014) » More about recent PhDs

Living Poets website goes live

The Living Poets website is now live!

The ERC funded Living Poets project aims to develop a new approach to classical poetry, based on how listeners and readers imagined the Greek and Roman poets. The website has more information about the project, collections of ancient and modern representations of the poets, and scholarly guides to the collections.

(10 Jan 2014)

Barbara Graziosi's latest book is Times Higher Education's Book of the Week

Prof. Barbara Graziosi's book The Gods of Olympus: A History is Book of the Week in Times Higher Education today!

(12 Dec 2013) » More about Barbara Graziosi

Major research grant for Ted Kaizer

We are delighted to announce that Dr Ted Kaizer has been awarded a three-year Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust.

(12 Dec 2013) » More about Ted Kaizer

Abi Tavener wins a place on Channel 4 broadcasting course

(25 Nov 2013) » More about Abi Tavener

Success for Louise Hodgson and Rik Van Wijlick

(25 Nov 2013) » More about Louise Hodgson and Rik Van Wijlick

George Pearson describes his passion for studying Classics to win essay prize

(23 Sep 2013) » More about George Pearson

Prestigious award for Jun Yeob Lee

(14 Sep 2013) » More about Jun Yeob Lee

We're number 2: great results for the Department in the 2013 National Student Survey!

The NSS results released this week saw Durham ranked number 2 for Classics in the UK.

(23 Aug 2013) » More about NSS 2013

Peter Alpass's book published

(5 Aug 2013) » More about Peter Alpass

Prof. Michael Stokes's books arrive in the Departmental Library

(2 Aug 2013) » More about the departmental library

New book by Mirko Canevaro, with a contribution by Edward Harris

(22 Jul 2013) » More about Mirko Canevaro

Durham Classics featured in the Guardian

The 12/07/2013 issue of the Guardian Newspaper contains a two-page article on recent research in Classics featuring the work of Durham scholars Barbara Graziosi and Johannes Haubold. Read more here.

(12 Jul 2013)

Professor Edward Harris to retire

Professor Edward M. Harris, a leading figure in the field of Ancient History and an authority on Greek Law, is to retire in September 2013.

(2 Jul 2013) » More about Prof. Edward Harris

Congratulations to our graduates

Congratulations to all our students who graduated yesterday!

(28 Jun 2013) » More about graduating students

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship winner Peter Fane-Saunders to join the department

Peter Fane-Saunders and the Department of Classics and Ancient History have been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship beginning in October 2013.

(28 Jun 2013) » More about Peter Fane-Saunders

Emily Tilley awarded museum internship

Congratulations to Emily Tilley!

(22 Jun 2013) » More about Emily Tilley

New books in the Departmental Library

(6 Jun 2013) » More about new books

Zenia Selby and Lyle Bushe win film-making grant

(28 May 2013) » More about Zenia Selby and Lyle Bushe

Leverhulme fellowship for Luca Castagnoli

(16 May 2013) » More about Leverhulme fellowship for Luca Castagnoli

Anna Finneran wins summer school place

(23 Apr 2013) » More about Anna Finneran

David Lewis' research published

(22 Apr 2013) » More about David Lewis

Oliver Stone praises work of Durham Classicist Ivana Petrovic

(28 Jan 2013) » More about Oliver Stone praises Ivana Petrovic

Lilah-Grace Canevaro awarded a Humboldt Postodoctoral fellowship

Congratulations to Lilah-Grace, who has just been awarded a Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship to work on a project entitled 'women and memory in early Hexametric poetry'. Lilah gained her PhD just a few weeks ago, after a successful viva – this is further splendid news!

(14 Nov 2012)

Congratulations to Philip Lawton

(10 Oct 2012) » More about Congratulations to Philip Lawton

Dr Mark Woolmer on Radio 4

Dr Mark Woolmer will be discussing the life and achievements of Hannibal on BBC4's 'In Our Times', on 11th October 2012, at 9 am. The programme will also be available as a podcast on the BBC website


(10 Oct 2012)

David Lewis awarded a research fellowship at Edinburgh

We are delighted to learn that David Lewis, who recently gained his PhD from Durham, has just been awarded a two-year research fellowship at Edinburgh University. Warmest congratulations!

(17 Sep 2012)

Professor Graziosi and the IAS at the Royal Society

For a video of the panel discussion on 'The Public Intellectual in Ancient Athens and Today', held in July at The Royal Society and chaired by Professor Barbara Graziosi, see

(10 Aug 2012)

Department Prizes 2012

This year's Departmental prizes, awarded for excellent performance in undergraduate examinations, have been announced. Congratulations to all prizewinners!

(25 Jun 2012) » More about Department Prizes 2012

Mirko Canevaro appointment

We are delighted to learn that Mirko Canevaro, who recently gained his PhD from Durham, has won one of the Chancellor's Fellowships at Edinburgh University. Fellows are normally expected to move onto non-fixed-term academic appointments at the end of a 5-year period of research, so it is a very attractive job to land!

(1 Mar 2012)

WRI Award

Congratulations to Drs Ivana Petrovic and Andrej Petrovic who have won a 'Blue Skies' award worth some £2,400 from the Wolfson Research Institute. This grant is to support work on their project on 'Rules of Patient Conduct in Ancient Greek Hospitals'.

(16 Feb 2012)

Another successful PhD viva.

Congratulations to Yoon Cheol Lee, who has earned his PhD after a successful viva!

(26 Jan 2012)

More PhD success

Congratulations to James Powell and Mark Wildish on passing their PhD vivas!

(19 Dec 2011)

International Medieval Congress panel

Congratulations to Aglae Pizzone, who has had a panel accepted at the International Medieval Congress to be held in Leeds next summer. The title of the panel is: Changing the System from Within? Rules and Their Subversion in Byzantine Literature.

(6 Dec 2011)

New Honorary Professor

Dr Nicholas Hosfall, an independent scholar renowned for his work on Latin poetry, and especially his commentaries on Virgil, has been appointed an Honorary Professor in the Department. He is currently working with Paola Ceccarelli on a project on pseudo-Plutarch.

(18 Nov 2011)

PhD success

David Lewis becomes the latest PhD student here to pass his viva with flying colours. Congratulations, David!

(18 Nov 2011)

Humboldt Fellowship

Congratulations to Mirko Canevaro, who has secured a two-year Humboldt Research Fellowship for Postdoctoral Researchers!

(15 Nov 2011)

PhD awards

Congratulations to Peter Alpass and Mirko Canevaro, both of whom were recommended for the award of a PhD after their respective vivas this month!

(25 Oct 2011)

New JRF!

We are delighted to hear that Dr Don Lavigne (currently Texas Tech. University) has won a Durham International Junior Research Fellowship to work here for two years with Barbara Graziosi on his project 'Impossible Voices: Archaic Poetics and Archaic Epigram'.

(18 Oct 2011) » More about New JRF!

Congratulation to Ted Kaizer

Warm congratulations to Dr Ted Kaizer on the birth of his daughter, Carola Elin, on Tuesday 4th October, at 10.55 a.m.!

(4 Oct 2011)

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Academic Excellence

Congratulations to Max Leventhal and Emily Bowden, who have been awarded Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships for Academic Excellence -- two of just 60 awarded across the University as a whole.

(28 Sep 2011)

Postgraduate Publication

Congratulations to Paola Bassino, who has just had an article on the papyrus sources for the Contest of Homer and Hesiod accepted for publication in the leading papyrological journal ZPE.

(6 Sep 2011)

Appointment to the IAS

Prof. Barbara Graziosi has accepted a five-year appointment as one of the Directors of the Durham Institute of Advanced Study, in succession to Prof. Michael O'Neill. Congratulations to her!

(16 Aug 2011)

€1M grant for project on ancient poets

Prof. Barbara Graziosi has secured a European Research Council grant of  €1,125,000 to fund a project Living Poets: A New Approach to Ancient Poetry.This is a magnificent achievement for her, and fantastic news for the Department as a whole. Among other things, the grant will fund two PhD studentships and two postdoctoral fellows to work on the project.

(15 Jul 2011) » More about €1M grant for project on ancient poets

2011 Prizes

This year's prizes for undergraduate exam performance have been announced -- congratulations to all on the list!

(24 Jun 2011) » More about 2011 Prizes

Academic Promotion 2011

Congratulations to Dr Thorsten Fögen, who is promoted to Reader in the Department from 1st October 2011.

(9 Jun 2011)

BSR Summer School

Congratulations to Nicola Whittington (2nd year, AHA), who has been offered a place at this year's summer school at the British School at Rome.

(23 May 2011)

BSA Fellowship

Congratulations to Mirko Canevaro, who has won a prestigious four-month Fellowship at the British School in Athens!

(13 May 2011)

APA 2012: Panel

Congratulations to Lilah-Grace Fraser who has had her proposal for a panel accepted for the 2012 APA meeting in Philadlephia. Her panel is called 'Gems of Wisdom: How Hesiod's Works and Days teaches', and features Lilah-grace herself, Jenny Clay, Richard Martin, Ruth Scodel, Zoe Stamatopoulou and Thanasis Vergados.

(10 May 2011)

Doctoral success: Helen Barber

Congratulations to Helen Barber, whose examiners have recommened the award of a PhD for her thesis on 'Plautus and the Sentimental Ideal of The Roman Family'.

(2 May 2011)

Postgraduate Publication

Congratulations to Lilah-Grace Fraser, whose article 'A Woman of Consequence: Pandora in Hesiod's Works and Days' has just been accepted by the Cambridge Classics Journal.

(25 Apr 2011)

British School at Athens Summer School

Congratulations to Sarah Reed, who has secured a place on the 2011 Summer School at the British School at Athens!

(6 Apr 2011)

Conference announcement: The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western homosexual Identities

The Reception of Rome and the Construction of Western Homosexual Identities: Call for Papers

An international conference to be held at Durham University, 17th-18th April 2012, under the auspices of the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition.

Confirmed speakers include: David Halperin (U Michigan), Ralph J. Hexter (University of California), Caroline Vout (Cambridge), Craig Williams (Brooklyn, CUNY).

(18 Mar 2011) » More about conference announcement 2012

Margo Tytus Fellowship

Congratulations to Ted Kaizer, who has been awarded a Margo Tytus Summer Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati for Summer 2011 (along with a British Academy grant to help cover costs).

(23 Feb 2011)

Presitigious Research Fellowships

Congratulations to Barbara Graziosi and Johannes Haubold, who have both been offered prestigious one-term research fellowships at Leiden University.

(23 Feb 2011)

Ernst Badian, 1925 - 2011

We are very sad to learn of the death of Professor Ernst Badian, who was Lecturer in Ancient History at Durham from 1954 to 1965, before taking Chairs at Leeds, Buffalo, and finally Harvard. Prof. Badian died on Tuesday, 1st February after a fall at his home.

(3 Feb 2011)

APA Party

Durham will be co-hosting a party with Cambridge at this year's APA in San Antonio. It is to be held on Friday 7th January from 9 p.m. at Conference 12, Marriott Rivercenter. If you are there, do drop in to see us! 

(4 Jan 2011)

Another prize for Valentina di Lascio

We have just heard that Valentina di Lascio has been awarded Cambridge's Hare Prize for her dissertation ‘Aristotle’s Linguistic Fallacies in the Sophistical Refutations’ (which also won the 2009 Hellenic Foundation Prize).

(23 Dec 2010)

Barbara Graziosi on Radio 4

Barbara Graziosi will be discussing Plato's Republic and Thomas More's Utopia on BBC4's  'Thinking Allowed', on 29th December 2010. The programme will also be available as a podcast on the BBC website.

(3 Dec 2010)

Classical vampires

Andrej Petrovic appeared in the Northern Echo this week, reflecting on possible Classical origins for the vampire. Read all about it!

(1 Nov 2010)

Postgraduate CQ article

Current PhD student Mirko Canevaro has had another article accepted for publcication in Classical Quarterly, with a glowing reader's report. Look out for: 'Nomothesia in Classical Athens: what sources should we believe?'

(29 Oct 2010)

Undergraduate Numismatists

Undergraduate students from our Department -- Tim Cross, Chung Leung, Jenny Nugee, and Davina Benstead-Cross -- won four of just ten full-funded places available nationally to both undergraduate and postgraduate students for the British Museum Classics Numismatics Summer School this Summer. They subsequently received an invitation to attend a forthcoming conference on the future of numismatics marking the 150th birthday of The British Museum Department of Coins and Medals.

(29 Oct 2010)

Congratulations to Polly Weddle . . .

. . . who has passed her PhD viva, defending a thesis entitled 'Touching the Gods: Physical interaction with cult statues in the Roman World'.

(15 Oct 2010)

1 Dun Cow Lane

The renovation of 1 Dun Cow Lane has now been completed, and Prof. Ceccarelli, Dr A. Petrovic, Dr I. Petrovic and Dr Richardson have now moved into offices there. Research postgraduates will be  moving to a well-equipped new room on the ground floor, allowing the old postgraduate room to become a dedicated study space for MA students.

(14 Oct 2010)

New faces

We are delighted to welcome some 90 new students to the Department this year: more than 70 undergraduates (depending a bit on how you count), 12 MA students, and 6 new doctoral researchers. In addition, we welcome Dr Philip Horky, who has taken up a lectureship, and Dr Ed Richardson as Leverhulme Early Career Fellow.

(14 Oct 2010)

Visit from Bejing

We had the pleasure of meeting Prof. Yang Huang, of Peking University in the Department yesterday (14th October). Prof. Huang was part of a delegation looking to build links with Durham University -- and especially Classics, a subject they are keen to develop themselves.

(14 Oct 2010)

Vice Chancellor's Awrads

Congratulations to Alison Ewins (second-year Classics) and Thomas Welch (third-year Classics), who have been awarded Vice Chancellor's Scholarships for Academic Excellence. Just 40 were awarded across the entire University this year, so it is a notable achievement for them, and a matter of real pride for the Department!

(24 Sep 2010)

Valentina di Lascio wins prize

We are delighted to learn that Dr Valentina di Lascio has been awarded the 2009 Hellenic Foundation Prize  for the best doctoral dissertation in the ancient category. Many congratulations to her!

(21 Sep 2010)

Byzantine scholar brings prestigious fellowship to Durham

Dr Aglae Pizzone (currently a Researcher at Milan University) has been awarded a Newton International Post-Doctoral Fellowship to work in Durham with Barbara Graziosi. The title of their project, which addresses the Byzantine literary tradition including the reception of Homer, is: 'When Homer met Phantasia: Epic Poetry and Entertainment Literature in Byzantium.'

(27 Aug 2010)

Dr Matthew Peacock marries

Our congratulations to Dr Matthew Peacock, who married his fiancée Linda at a ceremony in Durham Castle on Sunday, 22nd August. An overlap between the wedding  and a Doctor Who event in town caught the eyes of the local press, including the Northern Echo.

(27 Aug 2010)

Student Satisfaction increases

Good news as overall student satisfaction with our degree programmes, as measured by the annual NSS Survey, is up again this year at 93%, putting us 6th equal in the UK.

(27 Aug 2010)

Mark Woolmer reappointed

The Department has received approval for a one-year Lectureship in Ancient History for 2010/11, and we are delighted to announce that Dr Mark Woolmer has been appointed to the post.

(12 Aug 2010)

Dr Phillip Horky appointed to a lectureship

We are delighted to announce that Dr Phillip Horky has been appointed to a Lectureship in the Department from October 2010. Dr Horky is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford, with wide-ranging interests in history, philosophy, and political thought, covering Greece, Rome, and the Near East.

Although Dr Horky's contract begins in October, his physical arrival in Durham will be delayed until June 2011, while he takes up a prestigious Fellowship at the Harvard University Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington -- for which we also congratulate him. (During this time he will, formally, be on research leave.)

(23 Jul 2010)

Atsushi Hayase: soon to be Dr

Congratulations to Atsushi Hayase, who had his PhD viva on 19th July, and was passed by his examiners (including Leslie Brown from Oxford) without even requiring minor corrections to his thesis - which was entitled 'Plato's Later Dialectic'.

(21 Jul 2010)

APA Paper

Congratulations to Mirko Canevaro, who has had a paper accepted for the APA panel '6th- and 5th-Centuries Athenian History'. If you go, look out for him there at 8:30 a.m. on 7th January 2011.

(19 Jul 2010)

BARDA Success

Many congratulations to Dr Paola Ceccarelli, who has won a prestigious British Academy Research Development Award [BARDA] worth some £50,000 for her project Words from the King: Edition, Translation, and Commentary of Seleucid Letters.

(3 Jul 2010)

APA 2011: Panel Proposal Accepted

Congratulations to Dr Andrej Petrovic, who has had his proposal for an At-Large panel at the 2011 meeting of the American Philological Society accepted. It will be on "Anthologies in Stone:  Greek Inscriptional Epigrammatic Collections", and is organised along with Prof. Peter Bing from Emory University (Atlanta). Other participants are Dr Ivana Petrovic (Durham), and Prof. Regina Hoeschele (Toronto).

(22 Jun 2010)

New Professors

Congratulations to Paola Ceccarelli, Ingo Gildenhard, and Barbara Graziosi, all of whom have been awarded personal Chairs, becoming Professors from 1st October. We can all take pride in their well-deserved promotion, which is another sign of the strength of the Department.

(16 Jun 2010)

Retirement of Dr Schultze

Clemence Schultze has announced that she is taking early retirement at the end of this Summer, after 21 years in the Department. She will be sorely, but not completely, missed: she will remain in contact with the Department for the purposes of her own research, and will be still be teaching her 3rd-year special module for us in 2010-11.

(16 Jun 2010)

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

Dr Ed Richardson has been awarded a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship: he will join our Department in September with a project on remembering and forgetting the classical past. He comes to us from Cambridge via Princeton.

(5 Jun 2010)

Durham Classics in the League Tables

Durham Classics has continued its rise up the league tables this year, entering the top 5 in the Times Good Unviersity Guide for the first time; and coming 3rd equal in the Complete University Guide (published in association with the Independent). This is even more impressive than it looks: we are the only department, alongside Oxford and Cambridge, to make the top 5 in both tables.

(23 May 2010)

Academic promotion

Congratulations to Dr Ivana Petrovic, who is promoted to Senior Lecturer in the Department from 1st October 2010.

(7 May 2010)

Canevaro in print again

Congratulations to Mirko Canevaro, who has a third paper accepted for publication: this one is on the authenticity of the document at [Dem.] 59.104, and will appear in GRBS.

(12 Apr 2010)

Getty Research Institute Fellowship

Dr Peter Heslin, who had already won a Loeb Classical Library Foundation to support his research project on the reception of Virgil, has now secured a prestigious Fellowship at the Getty Research Institute in LA as well -- congratulations to him!

(23 Mar 2010)

Loeb Classical Library Foundation award

Congratulations to Peter Heslin, who has won an award from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to support his research project on the reception of Virgil,The Museum of Augustus.

(1 Mar 2010)

More CQ success

Congratulations to Mirko Canevaro, who has had an article co-authored with his PhD supervisor, Prof. Edward Harris, accepted for publication in Classical Quarterly.

(18 Feb 2010)

Congratulations to Seb Momtazi

Congratulations to Seb Momtazi (3rd year Classics), who has had a paper accepted for the Undergraduate Classics Conference being held in Cornell in April!  His title is: 'A Carmen in a Canto: The presence of Catullus 64 in the opening of Ezra Pound's Cantos'.

(12 Feb 2010)

Neill George

Congratulations to Neill George (2nd Year, AH), who was awarded a Norton Prize for academic achievement by his College, St Cutherbert's Society, this week.

(28 Jan 2010)

APA Party

Reports from Andrej, Ivana, Barbara, Mark, and Mirko, who helped host a joint Durham / Oxford / Cambridge party at the APA meeting this year are that it was the most successful there, and did a lot to raise our profile on the American Classical scene. Thanks to them, and here's to next year!

(13 Jan 2010)

Dr Thorsten Fögen

Dr Thorsten Fögen has arrived in Durham -- we welcome him to the University and Department. He will have his office in Elvet Hill House (by the Oriental Musem) until the Spring, when he'll move into the newly-renovated 1, Dun Cow Lane.

(13 Jan 2010)

WiFi has come!

The Department computer servers were upgraded today, and the WiFi hubs in the library and postgraduate room activated.

(13 Jan 2010)

CHS Fellowship

Johannes Haubold joins the list of staff members who have been awarded a Fellowship at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington. (Ivana and Andrej Petrovic are there at the moment.) Congratulations to him!

(12 Dec 2009)

Saturnalia Ball

This year's Saturnalia Ball, held on Saturday, 5th December at the Radisson Hotel in Durham, was a roaring success! Highlights included belly dancers, Cuth’s Big Band and none other than the spectacular James Morwood as our guest speaker. Photos of this unforgettable event will soon be up in the Department.

(10 Dec 2009)

David Lewis in print . . .

Congratulations to David Lewis, one of our PhD students, who has just had an article accepted for publication in CQ: 'Near Eastern Slaves in Classical Attica and the Slave Trade with Persian Territories'. Look out for the sneak preview at a Work in Progress seminar in January.

(8 Dec 2009)

APA Party

Durham will be co-hosting a party at the APA in January with the Classics Departments of Oxford and Cambridge. Do drop in to see us if you're there on 9th!

(25 Nov 2009)

New portraits

Photographic portraits of Professors P. J. Rhodes and Christopher Rowe were unveiled on 21st October, and have joined those of other Emeritus Professors in the Library.

(22 Oct 2009)

Baxter Award

Congratulations to Natalie Kent (3rd Year, Ancient History), who has won a Hatfield College Baxter award for her outstanding performance in the exams last year!

(19 Oct 2009)

Welcome to new students

Some 80 undergraduates, 15 taught postgraduates, and 7 new research students have registered on courses with us this week. Welcome (or welcome back) to all!

(9 Oct 2009)

Congratulations to Dr Kaizer

Congratulations to Dr Ted Kaizer on being awarded a fellowship at the University of Münster for October to December 2009, to work as part of their Exzellenzcluster in 'Religion and Politics'.

(25 Sep 2009)

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship

Congratulations to Johannes Brandis (2nd Year, Classics), who has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Academic Excellence!

(23 Sep 2009)

Department upgrades

Work in the Department over the Summer has generated a bit of mess, but a lot of improvements ...

(11 Sep 2009) » More about Department upgrades

New Staff

Five new academic appointments have been made in the Department over the Summer . . .

(10 Sep 2009) » More about New Staff

Postdoctoral Research Fellows

In October we welcome two post-doctoral research fellows to the Department: Dr Valentina Di Lascio and Dr Andreas Hartman. . .

(10 Sep 2009) » More about Postdoctoral Research Fellows

Students in Residence Scholarships

Four of our undergraduates have won Students in Residence Scholarships: congratulations to Guy Barrett, Annabel Bergius, Katie Price, and Thomas Welch!

(10 Sep 2009)

Durham Professor of Latin celebrates 90th birthday

Many happy returns of the day to Gavin Townend, Professor of Latin at Durham 1966-84, who turns 90 on Friday 4th September.

(3 Sep 2009)

Nabataean Culture: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

On 8th March 2008, the Department is hosting an interdisciplinary workshop (under the auspices of the Durham Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East).

(7 Feb 2008)

Spring Colloquium of the British Epigraphy Society

On 3rd May 2008, the Department is hosting the BES Spring Colloquium, on 'Religion and politics in Greek and Roman epigraphy in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean'.

(7 Feb 2008)

New ERASMUS programme: Vercelli (Italy)

The Department of Classics and Ancient History has just set up a new ERASMUS exchange with the Universita del Piemonte Orientale, which will focus especially on postgraduate exchanges.

(12 Dec 2007)

Poetry Reading, Seminar Room, Tuesday 11th December, 3.15 pm

Poet Maureen Almond will read some new poems, inspired by Horace's Odes, in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Seminar Room, on Tuesday 11th December at 3.15 pm. All welcome.

(4 Dec 2007)

Barbara Graziosi in the Essay: Greek and Latin Voices, BBC Radio 3

Dr. Barbara Graziosi joins a group of distinguished speakers in a new 12-week series for BBC Radio 3, The Essay: Greek and Latin Voices, 11 December at 11pm. Further information can be found on the BBC website.

(30 Nov 2007)

After the BA: MA, PhD, PGCE

A talk at 4.00pm on Wednesday 14th November in Palace Green Room 20 by members of the department and Classics teachers for all those who are thinking about pursuing the study of Classics after the BA. Funding opportunities will be discussed.

(6 Nov 2007)

Book Launch

A celebration of departmental publications on Wednesday 14 November 2007, 5 PM. Drinks and canapes. If you would like to attend, please contact Mrs V. Arbia at

(24 Oct 2007)

Classics in Translation: A Workshop.

The department is hosting a workshop on Classics in translation on 25-26 September 2007. More details

(24 Sep 2007)

Durham Student Award

The Classics and Ancient History Department is proud to announce that Hugh de la Bedoyere, a 2007 Ancient History graduate, won the Durham Student Award for Best Student Journalist in June 2007. All members of staff would like to congratulate Hugh on this achievement.

(12 Sep 2007)

OBE for Prof. Martin Smith

Congratulations to Professor Martin Ferguson Smith, who was awarded an OBE for services to scholarship in the Queen's Birthday Honours List. Prof. Smith was Professor of Classics at Durham from 1988 to 1995 and is now Professor Emeritus.

(22 Jun 2007)

New Appointments for the Department

The Department is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Ivana Petrovic, who will be joining us from January 2007 as Lecturer in Ancient Greek Literature; from September 1st 2007 Dr Luca Castagnoli will also leave Cambridge for Durham, to take up a Lectureship in Ancient Philosophy.

(12 Dec 2006)

Postgraduate funding opportunities

Information on various possibilites of funding for MA or PhD is available at the following link:

(11 Dec 2006)

The Julie Thesmo Show

Copies on DVD of the Classics Society's recent highly successful production of Mary-Kay Gamel's 'The Julie Thesmo Show' directed by Charles McDougal are now on sale from the general office for just £8.00.

(4 May 2006) » More about The Julie Thesmo Show


The graduation ceremony for this Department has been scheduled for 4pm on Thursday 29 June. All information relating to this event can be found on the Secretariat web pages. We will be holding a reception for all graduating students and their families/guests; further information will be available nearer the time.

(30 Mar 2006)

Durham Classics 3rd again!

The Department has again come third in the ranking of UK Classics Departments in the Complete University Guide 2013. This is the third year we have held that spot -- but by a clearer margin each time (we are over a percentage point ahead of our nearest rival now); and the second year we have had the highest score in this table for graduate prospects!

(24 Apr 2012)

Donald Murray

It is with very great sadness that we have learned of the death, after a long illness, of one of our PhD students, Donald Murray. Donald was a promising scholar, and a much-loved friend. His funeral will be held at 2 p.m. in St Michael's Church, Linlithgow, on Thursday 21st July.

(12 Jul 2011)

Prof. Gavin Townend

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Gavin Bernard Townend, Professor of Latin at Durham from 1966 to 1984. Prof. Townend died peacefully in Durham on 20th March 2010, at the age of 90.

Prof. Townend's funeral will take place in Durham Cathedral at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday 31st March. All are welcome to the service and refreshments afterwards. No flowers, please; but donations to St Cuthbert's Hospice or Oxfam.

(21 Mar 2010)

University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award

Congratulations to Drs Andrej Petrovic and Ivana Petrovic, joint recipients of a University Excellence in Learning and Teaching Award! No more than three of these are given in one year, and it is a matter of great pride to us to see one come to the Department!

(24 Apr 2012)

Ustinov College Scholarship award

Congratulations to Paola Bassino, who has been awarded a Ustinov College Scholarship (worth £5,000) for 2011/12!

(29 Jul 2011)

Royal Holloway Classics under threat

There are proposals at Royal Holloway to disperse the Department of Classics and Philosophy. Quite apart from the cultural implications of this, the historical data and economic projections on which the decision has been made seem very questionable: the robust popularity of Classics, and its value as an intellectual to employers, should make a good Department (which RHUL certainly is) an asset to any University. Please sign their petition!

(12 Jul 2011)

New lectureship advertised

The Department is advertising a non-fixed-term academic post, to be appointed at the level of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer. Details here.


(31 May 2010)

CBRL Fellowship

Dr Edmund Thomas has been awarded a three-month Senior Visiting Research Fellowship, funded by the Council for British Research in the Levant (CBRL), which he will hold partly at the British Institute in Amman and partly at the Kenyon Institute in Jerusalem. His project is on 'Spirally fluted columns: context, use and meaning', itself part of a larger project on architecture and identity.

(17 Mar 2010)

1, Dun Cow Lane

Our expansion along the Bailey continues with the acquisition of 1, Dun Cow Lane. This beautiful building will be refurbished to provide us with new office and study space. It should, with luck, be ready by Spring 2010.

(25 Nov 2009)

PhD success

Congratulations to Nikoletta Manioti, who passed her PhD viva on 26th April. Nikoleta's thesis, supervised by Peter Heslin, is on 'All-female Family Bonds in Latin Epic'.

(27 Apr 2012)

APA 2012 update

Two more people in the Department have had papers accepted for the 2012 APA meeting in Philadelphia: David Lewis (a PhD student), and Edmund Richardson (Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow).

(12 Jul 2011)

Dr Peacock reappointed

Dr Matthew Peacock, who was with us for 2009/10 on a one-year contract, has been reappointed for 2010/11.

(31 May 2010)

Honorary Appointments

Prof. Anthony Birley has been re-appointed Honorary Professor in the Department, and Dr Massimo Brizzi has been appointed an Honorary Fellow -- both for three years, until 2012.

(26 Nov 2009)

Excellent in Doctoral Supervision Award

Many congratulations to Prof. Barbara Graziosi, who has won a University Award for Excellence in Doctoral Supervision! This is one of seven awards made across the University this year to recognise outstanding success in supporting PhD students at every stage of their work.

(6 Jul 2011)