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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History

Past News


Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award for Durham Classics

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005, when it was the UK Equality Challenge Unit in order, to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. It aimed to recognise and celebrate good practices in higher education and research institutions towards the advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.

In May 2015 the charter was expanded to recognise work undertaken in arts, humanities, social sciences, business and law (AHSSBL), and in professional and support roles, and for trans staff and students. The charter now recognises work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly, and not just barriers to progression that affect women.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter covers women (and men where appropriate) in:

  • academic roles in STEMM and AHSSBL
  • professional and support staff
  • trans staff and students

In relation to their representation

  • progression of students into academia
  • journey through career milestones
  • working environment for all staff

This award marks our ongoing commitment as a Department to equality, diversity, and inclusiveness, and it recognises our efforts to build and sustain a supportive and nurturing academic community.

(7 May 2019)

Many congratulations to Professor Christopher Rowe

Our wonderful Prof. Emeritus Christopher Rowe has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship for 2019-2021 to enable him to complete his new OCT of Aristotle, 'Eudemian Ethics'. 

Congratulations, Christopher!

(3 May 2019)

2020 Complete University Guide

We are delighted to announce that Durham Classics has been ranked as the 3rd best Classics department in the UK in the 2020 Complete University Guide. We placed 5th overall for student satisfaction and 2nd overall for research quality and for graduate prospects.


(1 May 2019)

Welll done, Simona Martorana!

Congratulations to our talented PhD student Simona Martorana, who is supervised by Professor Jennifer Ingleheart and Dr Ioannis Ziogas, has been awarded a place on the Harvard-Durham Doctoral Student Exchange Programme.

This is a fantastic achievement. Well done, Simona!

(30 Apr 2019)

Congratulations to Alberto Rigolio

Many congratulations to our wonderful colleague Alberto Rigolio whose Oxford University Press monograph 'Christians in Conversation' is out now.
Well done, Alberto; it looks wonderful!

(23 Apr 2019)

Congratulations to Blaz Zabel

We are delighted to announce that Durham PhD student Blaz Zabel has been awarded a 'Pre-doctoral Visiting Research Award' from the Fulbright Foundation. He will be going to Princeton for 9 months (during the academic year 2019/20) to work with Dr Joshua Billings on research related to his PhD project, 'Homeric Epic and World Literature: A Comparative Study of Method'. This is an outstanding achievement and we are sure that Blaz will produce some excellent work during his time in Princeton.

Congratulations, Blaz!

(11 Apr 2019)

PhD success for Andrea Giannotti

Many congratulations to Andrea Giannotti who passed his doctoral viva this morning, with minor corrections, for a thesis on ‘The Pre-play Ceremonies of the Athenian Dionysia'.

His supervisor was Dr Phil Horky (as first supervisor), and he also received guidance from Dr Andrea Capra (as second supervisor), and Professor Peter Rhodes (as informal advisor).

His examiners were Dr David Carter (Reading) as external and our own Professor Polly Low as internal. The chair of the viva was Professor Ted Kaizer.

Well done and best wishes to all concerned.

(3 Apr 2019)

Congratulations to Durham alumna Lilah-Grace Canevaro

Many congratulations to our talented Durham alumna Dr Lilah Grace Canevaro, now in post at Edinburgh, who is one of the nominees for this year's Runciman Award for her OUP monograph 'Women of Substance in Homeric Epic'. Good luck, Lilah! We very much hope you win!

(13 Mar 2019)

Congratulations to Kathryn Stevens and to Justine T. Wolfenden

Congratulation to Kathryn Stevens and to J. T. Wolfenden who have both been nominated as Durham Women Making a Difference as part of the University’s celebrations for International Women’s Day 2019. This is the second consecutive year in which J. T. has been nominated.

Nominations are anonymous but Kathryn and Justine were nominated because they were felt to have a made a difference to the lives of their students, colleagues, and to the wider community. Kathryn’s nomination opened by saying that ‘Kathryn is one of the most inspirational members in a department studded with greatness.’ J.T.’s ran ‘Justine is an outstanding and hugely inspiring tutor who goes above and beyond the call of duty in encouraging and supporting her students and colleagues, both within the department of Classics and outside it.’ You can read the full nominations here.

As this is a celebration and not a competition, there is no outright winner but nominees are invited to a celebration lunch at Hotel Indigo later in March.

(6 Mar 2019)

Durham Classics in QS World University Top 50 rankings

Congratulations to the Department of Classics and Ancient History which was ranked number 31 in the top 50 universities for Classics worldwide in the QS World University subject rankings for 2019. Durham is one of only seven UK universities to be placed in the rankings for Classics.

A total of 1,222 institutions from 78 countries were assessed and the QS subject rankings looked at 48 subjects in five broad subject areas. Rankings are based on academic and employer reputation, research citations and the productivity and impact of the work published by academics. They take into account the insight of more than 83,000 academics and 42,000 employers around the world, as well as 150 million research citations from 22 million academic papers.

(27 Feb 2019)

Dr Emma Woolerton on BBC Radio 4

Our very own Dr Emma Woolerton was on BBC Radio 4 just before Christmas. She was discussing Lucretius with the author Naomi Alderman in an episode of the series 'Science Stories'. You can listen to the episode here.

Congratulations Emma on your excellent contribution to the programme!

(8 Jan 2019)

Nicholas Horsfall (1946-2019)

We are sorry to announce the death of the eminent philologist, commentator, and Vergil scholar. Dr Nicholas Horsfall, Honorary Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History who passed away on the 1st of January 2019.

(8 Jan 2019) » More about Nicholas Horsfall (1946-2019)

PhD success for Eris Williams-Reed

Many congratulations to Eris Williams-Reed who passed her PhD viva today with minor corrections for a thesis on 'Water and Worship in the Roman Near East'. Eris was supervised by Professor Ted Kaizer, with Professor Serafina Cuomo as her second supervisor. Her external examiner was Professor Kevin Butcher (Warwick) and her internal examiner was Edmund Thomas.
Well done, Eris; we are so very proud of you!


(13 Dec 2018)

New publication: Paola Bassino

Warm congratulations to our alumna Paola Bassino on her new book, a commentary on The Certamen Homeri et Hesiodi. This book is an expanded version of Paola’s doctoral thesis which she completed at Durham in 2013. Paola is now Lecturer in History at the University of Winchester and you can read more about her current research here.

Well done, Paola!

(6 Dec 2018)

Congratulations to Kathryn Stevens

We are very excited to announce the release of the world’s first film in Babylonian, ‘The Poor Man of Nippur’, which was co-produced by our very own and very brilliant Kathryn Stevens, together with a team from Cambridge Assyriology.

You can watch the film here.

(3 Dec 2018)

Professor Jennifer Ingleheart's curated exhibition at the Bodleian

Listen out for our Head of Department, Professor Jennifer Ingleheart, on BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking show, discussing the mucky marvels of The Bodleian library's Phi collection

The show goes out live on Tuesday 27th November 2018 at 10:00 p.m. but you can also listen to it here during and after the broadcast.

Jennifer is interviewed as part of a piece about an exhibition that she has curated which is now on display in Oxford. In the Victorian age, the Bodleian created a restricted category for obscene books, known as phi. Jennifer’s exhibition, ‘Story of Phi: Restricted Books’, showcases many items never previously exhibited, and explores changing ideas about censorship and sexuality. The exhibition is free and it runs from Thursday 15th November 2018 - Sunday 13th January 2019 at the Bodleian's Weston Library.

(27 Nov 2018)

Classics students sweep the board at Faculty Awards

Many congratulations to three of our students who have received awards from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for Student Excellence!

Congratulations to Arved Kirschbaum for his outstanding contribution to the academic life of the department.

Congratulations to Esther Meijer on her exceptional progress in her doctoral research.

And congratulations to Archie MacCormack on his outstanding academic achievement.

Well done to all of you. We are so proud of you and feel very privileged to have you with us in the Department!

(16 Oct 2018)

Congratulations to Dr Amy Russell

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Dr Amy Russell is one of this year’s recipients of a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising. Every year the prize scheme makes up to thirty awards of £100,000, across a range of academic disciplines, which this year includes Classics.

This very prestigious award reflects Amy’s all-round excellence and her stellar track record as a scholar, and it is a fantastic achievement for Amy to have received one.

Well done, Amy!

(16 Oct 2018)

Congratulations to Ed Richardson

Many congratulations to Ed Richardson on the publication of his new edited volume 
Classics in Extremis:The Edges of Classical Reception.

Classics in Extremis reimagines classical reception. Its contributors explore some of the most remarkable, hard-fought and unsettling claims ever made on the ancient world: from the coal-mines of England to the paradoxes of Borges, from Victorian sexuality to the trenches of the First World War, from American public-school classrooms to contemporary right-wing politics. How does the reception of the ancient world change under impossible strain?

Its protagonists are 'marginal' figures who resisted that definition in the strongest terms. Contributors argue for a decentered model of classical reception: where the 'marginal' shapes the 'central' as much as vice versa – and where the most unlikely appropriations of antiquity often have the greatest impact. What kind of distortions does the model of 'centre' and 'margins' produce? How can 'marginal' receptions be recovered most effectively?

Bringing together some of the leading scholars in the field, Classics in Extremis moves beyond individual case studies to develop fresh methodologies and perspectives on the study of classical reception.


(16 Oct 2018)

Congratulations to our alumnus Yoon Cheol Lee

Many congratulations to our alumnus Yoon Cheol Lee, who completed his PhD on Protagoras in 2012 under Luca Castagnoli’s supervision, and has just been appointed to a permanent position as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea. Well done, Yoon Cheol

(3 Sep 2018)

Ben Clapperton - viva success!

Warm congratulations to Ben Clapperton who has passed his PhD vivia for a thesis on 'Ancient Greek Law in a Near Eastern Context: Comparative Case Studies of Homicide Pollution and Adultery Law in Greece and the Near East’. Mirko Canevaro was the external examiner, Kathryn Stevens was the internal examiner, and Edward Harris was Ben's supervisor.

(29 Aug 2018)

Congratulations to our alumnus Nicolò Benzi

We are delighted to hear that after two very successful years at UCL our alumnus Nicolò Benzi has been appointed to a one year position at Manchester. Nicolò produced a doctoral thesis at Durham on 'Philosophy in Verse: Competition and Early Greek Philosophical Thought' under the supervision of Phillip Horky, and he was a very important part of our academic community. We look forward to seeing more of him now he is back in the North!

(29 Aug 2018)

Congratulations to Zara Chadha

Congratulations to our alumna Zara Chadha who has been appointed to a one year position at Leeds. Zara studied for her MA and doctorate with us and produced a thesis in 2014 on magic in Augustan poetry, particularly love-elegy, under the supervision of Peter Heslin. Zara has been based in Glasgow since 2015 initially as a University Teacher and then as Editorial Assistant for the ERC-funded project, Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators (FRRO). 

(29 Aug 2018)

New publication: David Lewis

Congratulations to our alumnus David Lewis, now in a permanent lectureship at Edinburgh, whose book of the thesis (supervised by Edward Harris) 'Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800-146 BC' has recently been published by OUP. Well done, David. It looks great!

(29 Aug 2018)

NSS 2018 results success!

We are delighted to announce that in the NSS results for 2018 our overall student satisfaction rate rose from 90.1% (2017) to a fantastic 97.4%, and our scores have improved on almost every single measure. This is an amazing result and we are so proud of our staff & students!

(31 Jul 2018)

Alumnus Atsushi Hayase appointed to permanent position at Kyoto University

Well done to our alumnus Atsushi Hayase on his appointment as an associate professor of ancient philosophy at Kyoto University.

Atsushi's doctoral work on 'Plato's Later Dialectic' was supervised by Professor Christopher Rowe and he passed his viva in July 2010.

(27 Apr 2018)

PhD student Blaz Zabel off to Harvard!

Many congratulations to our PhD student Blaz Zabel whose application to the Harvard-Durham postgraduate exchange programme was successful.

Blaz will spend three months at Harvard in Michaelmas 2018 and we are sure he’ll do fantastic work while he's over there!

(27 Apr 2018)

Congratulations to Gillian Curtis!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Gillian Curtis, Secretary in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, has won the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Internal Recognition award for ‘Inspirational Colleague’ 2018. There were over 90 nominations in all, so Gillian had some tough (and excellent) competition to beat. This is a fantastic achievement and one which is very well deserved.

(18 Apr 2018) » More about Congratulations to Gillian Curtis!

Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden!

Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden on being nominated one of 'Durham's Women making a Difference': the nomination was made by students in response to the University's celebrations for International Women's Day and in recognition of Justine's 'generosity and dedication to those who study and work here'.

Justine will be included on the university's Equality and Diversity webpages as part of their celebrations of Durham women, and she will attend a celebratory tea in May.

(29 Mar 2018) » More about Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden!

New publication: Federico Petrucci

We are delighted to mark the publication of the very first monograph ever produced on Taurus of Beirut.

The monograph has been written by our colleague Federico Petrucci, a COFUND Junior Research Fellow within the department, and is issued in a series edited by Professor George Boys-Stones.

(27 Mar 2018)

New publication: George Gazis

George Gazis studied for his PhD at Durham with Johannes Haubold and Barbara Graziosi and is currently an Honorary Fellow within the department. He has been part of our academic community for several years and we are very happy to offer him our congratulations on the publication of his monograph on Homer.

(27 Mar 2018)

New publication: Rachel Bryant Davies

We are very excited to see the publication of this fascinating monograph by our postdoctoral fellow, Rachel Bryant Davies, Addison Wheeler Fellow in Classics and member of Durham's Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, and Early Career Associate with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford.

(27 Mar 2018)

Peter Fane-Saunders awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for 2018

Warm congratulations to our former colleague Peter Fane-Saunders who has been awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for 2018, awarded annually by the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance studies, for his monograph 'Pliny the Elder and the Emergence of Renaissance Architecture' (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016) (completed and published during his tenure of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in this department).

(27 Mar 2018) » More about Peter Fane-Saunders awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for 2018

PhD success for Chiara Grigolin

Chiara Grigolin has passed her PhD viva with minor corrections for a thesis on ‘Memories of Seleucid origins:the shaping of Greek identity in the Syrian Tetrapolis’.

Her supervisor was Professor Ted Kaizer and her second supervisor was Professor Johannes Haubold. Her external and internal examiners were Dr Naoise MacSweeney and Dr Kathryn Stevens and the viva was chaired by Dr Ed Richardson.


(12 Dec 2017)

PhD Success for Sebastiano Molinelli

We are delighted to report that Sebastiano Molinelli has been recommended to pass his PhD viva with minor corrections. For his thesis he produced a new edition and commentary of the Δισσοὶ Λόγοι.

His supervisor was Professor George Boys-Stones. His examiners were Dr Phillip Horky and Professor Mauro Bonazzi, and the chair for the viva was Dr Edmund Thomas.

Congratulations to all concerned! 

(1 Dec 2017)

Amy Russell receives prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

We are delighted to announce that Dr Amy Russell, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, is one of this year's recipients of the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for her 2016 Cambridge University Press monograph The Politics of Public Space in Republican Rome. This is a phenomenal achievement and attests to the quality of Amy's ground-breaking research in this area.

The Goodwin Awards, of which three are presented annually, are the only honours for scholarly achievement given by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS). The SCS, which was founded as the American Philological Association in 1869, is the leading scholarly society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilisations, and the awards are presented at the Annual Meeting for 'an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Society during the three years before the current calendar year'. Previous recipients of these highly prestigious international awards have included such eminent scholars as Lily Ross Taylor, Brooks Otis, D. R. Shackleton-Bailey, Susan Treggiari, T. P. Wiseman, and Edith Hall.

(15 Nov 2017) » More about Amy Russell receives prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

Edward Harris in the news!

On 14 September 2017 Emeritus Professor Edward Harris spoke to the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova,and other participants in the New York Times Democracy Forum at Athens about the Rule of Law in Classical Athens.

Congratulations, Edward!

(12 Nov 2017)

Jennifer Ingleheart on BBCFour

On Thursday 16th November 2017 at 9:00 p.m. the documentary ‘Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor’ will be broadcast on BBCFour. The documentary is presented by the broadcaster and historian Michael Wood and *stars* our v. own Professor Jennifer Ingleheart as one of the expert commentators.

(12 Nov 2017)

Sarah Miles to speak to Hild Bede SCR

Dr Sarah Miles will be giving a talk live and in full technicolour effect to Hild Bede SCR on Monday 13th November 2017 at 7:30 p.m. She will be speaking on ‘Animating Antiquity on Children’s Television: Homer’s Odyssey and the Visual Worlds of Ulysses 31’. All are welcome to attend. 

(12 Nov 2017)

Alumni achievements!

A number of our former students are now forging their own successful post-doctoral careers.

Yoon Cheol Lee (PhD 2012) has recently been awarded a second year of post-doctoral funding from the Korean government for a project on 'The Dissoi Logoi: A Model of Ancient Scepticism'. The project is hosted by the Philosophy Department at Seoul National University.

Nikoletta Manioti (PhD 2012) is now a Teaching Fellow in Classics at KCL. In addition, during 2017/18, she is Associate Lecturer A in Latin at Birkbeck, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Classical Studies.

Finally, Zara Chadha (PhD 2014) has been apppointed to a one year Lectureship in Latin Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Warm congratulations to them all!

(22 Oct 2017)

PhD Success for Donald MacLennan

Many many congratulations to our student Donald MacLennan who passed his PhD viva today with minor corrections. Well done, Donald!

His thesis on 'Administrative Development in the Kingdoms and Principalities of the Near East under the Aegis of Rome' was supervised by Ted Kaizer with additional supervision by Amy Russell. His examiners were Margherita Facella and James Corke-Webster, and his viva was chaired by George Boys-Stones.

(19 Oct 2017)

New edited volume out now!

We are excited to announce the recent publication of Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity which was co-edited by our colleagues Dr Edmund Thomas and PD Dr Thorsten Fögen.

The volume takes into account literary, visual, and other types of evidence in showing that animals and humans in Graeco-Roman antiquity are interconnected on a variety of different levels and that their encounters and interactions often result from their belonging to the same structures, ‘networks’ and communities or at least from finding themselves together in a certain setting, context or environment – wittingly or unwittingly.

(1 Sep 2017)

New research centre for the Department of Classics and Ancient History

Coming in Michaelmas 2017: DCAMP - the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

We are excited to announce that the department has a new research centre, the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy which we shall be launching in Michaelmas 2017.

DCAMP will bring together specialists from across Departments and Faculties to foster innovative collaboration in research and teaching in ancient and medieval philosophy. The co-directors of the Centre are Prof. George Boys-Stones from Classics and Ancient History and Dr Sara L. Uckelman from Philosophy.

On Wednesday 11th October 2017, we shall be holding the inaugural event for the centre. There will be a talk by Prof. John Magee (Toronto) followed by a drinks reception. More information is available here.

The Centre will be holding further events throughout the year and also hosting a range of reading groups. More information about these can be found on the DCAMP website.

We look forward to welcoming you to DCAMP very soon!

(1 Sep 2017)

PhD Success for Richard Beniston

Excellent news!

We are very pleased to announce that Richard Beniston has passed his PhD viva (with minor corrections).

His PhD thesis, on Seneca's Naturales Quaestiones, was supervised by George Boys-Stones. His external examiner was Liba Taub (Cambridge) and his internal examiner was Nathan Gilbert (Durham).

(12 Jul 2017)

Student Successes 2016-17

Well done, everyone, on all your efforts this year, and especial congratulations to those students who were awarded prizes for their excellent work in 2016-17. We are very proud of you!

(4 Jul 2017) » More about Student Successes 2016-17

Ed Richardson makes short film for BBC Arts

Ed Richardson, Lecturer in Classics and one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers for 2017, has made a short film in conjunction with BBC Arts. The film, entitled 'The Hand that Shook the World', recreates a seance staged by the 19th century medium Daniel Dunglas Home, complete with disembodied limb and rapping hand. Home is a remarkable figure who was so skilled a medium that many scientists of the age were convinced by his displays and even Houdini couldn't figure out his tricks.

(19 Jun 2017)

PhD Success for Erika Taretto

Wonderful news!

We are delighted to announce that Erika Taretto has passed her PhD viva (with minor corrections).

Her PhD thesis, on Poets and Places of Ancient Greece, came about as part of the ‘Living Poets’ project. She was supervised by Barbara Graziosi. Her external examiner was Jason König (St Andrews) and her internal examiner was Ioannis Ziogas (Durham).

(12 Jun 2017)

2018 Complete University Guide

The Department of Classics and Ancient History at Durham has been ranked fourth overall in the latest UK league table - the 2018 Complete University Guide.

In terms of our research quality, we came joint second together with St Andrews, with only Cambridge placing ahead of us!

(30 May 2017)

The Guardian University League Tables 2018

This year we are fifth in the Guardian University League tables for 2018. In the individual sections, we ranked third in the country for 'Satisfied with Course' and second for 'Satisfied with Feedback'!

(30 May 2017)

Edward Harris taking over the airwaves!

Edward Harris was interviewed recently for a programme on the Irish radio station Newstalk.

The programme – on Divorce: A History – will be broadcast live on Sunday 2nd July 2017 between 7:00-8:00 p.m. at on 106-108 FM.

(22 May 2017)

Durham IAS Major Project grant success for Amy Russell

Many congratulations to Amy Russell who has been awarded a Major Project research grant by the Durham Institute for Advanced Studies for her research project 'Who are "We the People"? Community Beyond the State'. The project, which will run in Epiphany term 2019 with Amy as Principal Investigator, is one of only four projects that the IAS will be sponsoring in 2018-19.

(19 May 2017) » More about Durham IAS Major Project grant success for Amy Russell

Three new postdoctoral fellows to join the Department of Classics and Ancient History

The Department of Classics and Ancient History is very excited to announce that we shall soon be joined by three new postdoctoral fellows.Two of them will be COFUND Junior Research Fellows, and the third will be here on an Addison Wheeler Fellowship. Two of the fellows will join us in the coming academic year but Federico Petrucci, who is one of the COFUND fellows will be arriving in April 2017.

Federico Petrucci, whose research focuses on exegetical methods in Imperial Platonism in relation to their literary and philosophical background and context, is coming to us from Pisa, having previously been a Humboldt Post-doctoral Fellow at the Institut für klassische Philologie, in Würzburg, Germany.

Rachel Bryant Davies, our Addison Wheeler fellow, took all of her degrees at Newnham College, Cambridge, and will be working on an interdisciplinary project entitled ‘Classics at Play: Greco-Roman Antiquity in British Children's Culture, c. 1750-1914' which aims to interrogate the cultural work of Classics in everyday pedagogical and leisure contexts in the 19th Century. Rachel will be based in the Department of Classics and Ancient History but will also be affiliated with the Durham Centre for Classical Reception (DCCR) and the Durham Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies (CNCS).

More information will follow shortly on our other COFUND fellow so watch this space!

(1 Mar 2017)

Three new appointments in the Department of Classics and Ancient History

The Department of Classics and Ancient History is very happy to report that we have appointed three new non-fixed term members of staff who will be joining the department in the coming academic year (2017-18).

Our new colleagues are:

Andrea Capra (Reader in Greek Literature)

Andrea, who trained in Milan and Pisa, will be joining us from the Università degli Studi di Milano.He is a Greek literature specialist who has published extensively on many aspects of Greek literature, and, in particular, has produced some wonderful pieces on Plato and Aristophanes.

Erica Bexley (Lecturer in Latin Literature)

At present, Erica is in post at Swansea. She works primarily on Neronian literature and ancient Roman drama, and is currently completing a monograph on issues of performance and identity in Senecan drama. She completed her first two degrees in Australia, her native country, and earned her PhD from Cornell University in 2013.

Nathan Gilbert (Lecturer in Latin Literature and Philosophy)

Nathan, who is already in Durham as a COFUND junior research fellow, is American, and recently completed his doctoral studies at Toronto (2015). His research focuses especially on Cicero and on Roman philosophical and intellectual history. 

(24 Feb 2017)

Ed Richardson participating in BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival

Dr Edmund Richardson, Lecturer in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, will be speaking at this year's BBC Radio 3 Free Thinking Festival, which takes place at the Sage Gateshead from 17th-19th March 2017. Ed, who is one of the AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinkers for 2016-17 (one of ten academics selected to work with the BBC to develop programmes based on their research), will present on 'Alexander the Great’s lost city', in which he tells the story of the liar and the lost city, and how the unlikeliest people can change history.

The event is free but tickets must be booked in advance. More information and tickets are available here:

(5 Feb 2017)

Serafina Cuomo to join Durham Department of Classics and Ancient History

The department is delighted to announce that Dr Serafina Cuomo will be joining us in Michaelmas 2017 to take up a post as Professor of Ancient History.

Dr Cuomo, a world renowned scholar of ancient mathematics and technology, will be joining us from Birkbeck (University of London). Serafina has published extensively on areas such as ancient account-keeping, mechanics, engineering, land surveying, and war engines, and her research aims to show how ancient technology and knowledge systems can teach us a great deal not just about theoretical practices but also about societal and cultural interactions in the ancient world. Her current research is on numeracy in ancient Greece and Rome, and she is in the process of completing a book on this subject for Harvard University Press.

(1 Feb 2017)

Thesmo returns to Durham!

Earlier this term, during the Durham Book Festival, Dr Sarah Miles (Classics), the Department of Classics and Ancient History, and the Durham Centre for Classical Reception were involved in a Q&A event which related to a performance of Thesmo, a provocative reworking of Aristophanes’ Thesmophoriazusae by theatre practitioner Natalie Diddams.

The event was a great success but there was indeed a lot more left to say and thus we are delighted to announce that Natalie will be returning to Durham later this month to continue her conversation with Sarah.


(5 Dec 2016) » More about Thesmo returns to Durham!

A busy week for Ted Kaizer!

Our colleague Ted Kaizer, Reader in Roman Culture and History, has had a busy week! On Tuesday 22nd November 2016 at Hatfield College, he ran the very successful 'Durham Dura Day', an informal day of work-in-progress papers on Dura-Europos. Then, later the same week, his new edited volume on 'Religion, Society and Culture at Dura-Europos' was published. Well done, Ted!

(27 Nov 2016)

Amy Russell elected to AHRC's Peer Review College

Many congratulations to Amy Russell who has been appointed as a member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College (PRC).

(18 Nov 2016)

PhD success for William Wallis

Congratulations to William Wallis who has passed his viva with minor typographical corrections and is to be awarded a PhD for his thesis on Ancient Portraits of Poets: Communities, Canons, Receptions.

William's PhD studentship was part of the ERC funded 'Living Poets' project, which aimed to develop a new approach to classical poetry, based on how listeners and readers imagined the Greek and Roman poets.

William's supervisors were Verity Platt, Edmund Thomas and Barbara Graziosi. His external examiner was Jas Elsner, his internal examiner was Ioannis Ziogas and, chairing the viva, was Ed Richardson.

Thanks and many congratulations to all concerned.

(14 Nov 2016)

Prestigious appointment for Professor Barbara Graziosi

Barbara Graziosi, Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, and the current Head of Department, has been invited to sit on the Academic Council for the Comparative Study of Antiquity of the newly established International Center for the Study of Ancient Text Cultures at Renmin University in Beijing.

(10 Nov 2016) » More about Prestigious appointment for Professor Barbara Graziosi

PhD Viva success for Francis Barnaby Chesterton

Warm congratulations to our PGR, Francis Barnaby Chesterton (Barney), who passed his viva today and is to be awarded a PhD for his thesis on ‘The Bookish Turn: Assessing the Impact of the Book-roll on authorial self-representation in early Hellenistic poetry.’

Ivana Petrovic was Barney’s supervisor, Richard Hunter was the external examiner, and Jennifer Ingleheart was the internal examiner.

Thanks and many congratulations to all concerned.

(3 Nov 2016)

Durham Classicists overrun the Polis!

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor P. J. Rhodes FBA, and to Dr Christopher Farrell, currently a Lecturer in the Department of Classics & Ancient History, who both have articles published in the latest edition of Polis:The Journal for Ancient Political Thought. You can find out more here:;jsessionid=1m3isjfbh9y96.x-brill-live-03

(28 Oct 2016)

PhD Viva success for Jamie Taylor

Congratulations are due to one of our PhD students, Jamie Taylor, who had his viva today and is to be awarded a PhD for his thesis on 'Ancient Greek Tyranny: A New Phenomenon or a New Name for an Old Phenomenon?'.

Prof. Edward Harris was Jamie's supervisor, Prof. Tom Harrison was the external examiner, and our very own Dr Kathryn Stevens was the internal examiner.

Best wishes to all concerned!

(28 Oct 2016)

Student successes

Prizewinning Durham Students! Here is a list of students who were awarded prizes for their excellent work in 2015-16. Perhaps next year *your* name might be on the list!

(6 Oct 2016) » More about Student successes

Congratulations and farewell to Dr Peter Fane-Saunders

Congratulations and farewell to our post-doctoral fellow Dr Peter Fane-Saunders who has left us to take up a position in the Department of History of Art at Birkbeck (University of London).

(5 Oct 2016)

Dr Matthew Duncombe moves to Nottingham

Many congratulations to our post-doctoral fellow Dr Matthew Duncombe who has been appointed to a permanent position in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. Matthew will spend one year there as a British Academy Fellow, working on his project entitled 'Relativity in Ancient Philosophy', and then from 2017 he will be in post as an Assistant Professor.

(5 Oct 2016)

New academic staff arrive in the department

A very warm welcome to our new colleagues who have now arrived and are busy preparing for the start of term. They are Dr Christopher Burden-Strevens who joins us from Glasgow, Dr Jennifer Hilder who has come up from KCL, Dr Rebecca Usherwood from Nottingham, Dr Christopher Farrell from Exeter, Dr Benjamin Harriman from Cambridge, and Dr Robin Nadeau from Exeter. We are also welcoming back this year Dr Nick Freer. We are so glad to have you all here and we are looking forward to getting to know you better over the coming year.

(5 Oct 2016)

Welcome to our three new post-doctoral fellows

We are delighted to welcome into residence our new post-doctoral fellows! They are Dr Arianna Gullo, a Newton International Fellow from Pisa, Dr Nathan Gilbert, a COFUND Junior Research Fellow from Toronto, and Dr Anthony Hooper, a COFUND Junior Research Fellow from Sydney. They join our other post-doctoral fellows still in situ, Dr Monica Hellstrom and Dr Ugo Zilioli. We hope you will enjoy your time in Durham and we look forward very much to working with you!

(5 Oct 2016)

Newton International Fellowship success

We are delighted that we will be welcoming Dr Arianna Gullo here in October, with a prestigious Newton International Fellowship -- a highly competitive post-doctoral award backed by the British Academy and Royal Society. Dr Gullo, whose application here was sponsored by Andrej Petrovic before his move to a post in the US, comes to us from Pisa, and will be working on a 6th-century AD epigrammist, Julian the Egyptian.

(22 Sep 2016)

Dr Paola Bassino moves to Winchester

Paola Bassino, who gained her PhD at Durham in 2013, is moving from a one-year lectureship at Exeter to a permanent post at the University of Winchester. Congratulations to her!

(22 Jul 2016)

Visiting Scholar Fellowship for student Barnaby Chesterton

Barnaby Chesterton, who is finishing his PhD on ‘Constructions of Authorial Personae in Early Hellenistic Poetry’ under the supervision of Dr Ivana Petrovic, has won a Visiting Scholar Fellowship for Spring 2017 at the Texas Tech Humanities Center. Congratulations to him!

(6 Jul 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)

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)