Research strategy and vision
We are committed to the study of Graeco-Roman antiquity as a subject with global relevance and the inherent potential for social and pedagogical benefit. Our approach to research involves rigour in methodology (including a strong emphasis on the study of Greek and Latin), underpinning innovative explorations of new frontiers in the discipline, which aim to challenge entrenched and parochial views of the subject. We aim, in short, to produce credible and innovative research which has far-reaching effects on the subject and society as a whole. Download our full strategy here.
Research Centres and areas of strength
The particular research identity of the Department is based on a long-term policy of developing areas of critical strength, rather than aiming for breadth of coverage. We are now widely known especially for innovative work coming out of concentrations in the study of ancient epic, ancient philosophy, and the social and cultural history of the Graeco-Roman world. Two Research Centres are built on common and distinctive threads of interest which run through these sub-disciplinary areas of strength: the Centre for the Study of the Ancient Mediterranean and the Near East (CAMNE) places ancient Greece and Rome within the study of the wider synchronic and diachronic cross-cultural contexts in which they flourished, and addresses the issue of cross-cultural encounters; the Durham Centre for Classical Reception (DCCR) fosters the study of the reception of classical culture within and beyond antiquity. These Centres give interdisciplinary coherence and focus to individual endeavours, provide a ready sense of distinctive identity for Durham Classics, set our work in broader contexts of cultural significance, and serve to foster dialogue with other researchers beyond the Department and the University. In Michaelmas 2017, they were joined by a third Centre, the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy, which aims to build on historic strength in the study of ancient philosophy at Durham.
We are always actively seeking ways to bring new researchers into our community, and are proactive in our support of potential colleagues who might wish to come to us. As a result we have had outstanding success in securing Senior Research Fellows at the IAS (which is just next door to us), and a range of prestigious postdoctoral fellowships, including those funded by the British Academy, Leverhulme, Marie Curie and the IAS COFUND scheme). We are also able to offer suitably qualified scholars who wish to work with us here non-stipendiary visitor status in the University.
Needless to say, we are also very keen to keep recruiting excellent students to our doctoral programme in areas of our collective and individual research strengths. We have a large, international postgraduate community, which forms a vital part of our research environment. Go here for more details on what we have to offer and how you can become part of it.
Current staff and their research
Finally, have a look at current staff profiles - this will show you who we have here at the moment (including the various categories of research fellows, honorary fellows, and visitors), and you can find out about our individual research plans, and see how they relate to the vision outlined here.
- George Boys-Stones, Platonist Philosophy 80 BC to AD 250: An Introduction and Collection of Sources in Translation. CUP 2018.
- L. P. Gerson with George Boys-Stones, John Dillon, Richard King, Andrew Smith, and James Wilberding (trs.), Plotinus, Enneads. (CUP 2018)
- Thorsten Fögen and Edmund Thomas (eds.), Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (De Gruyter, 2017)
- Mark Woolmer, A Short History of the Phoenicians (I. B. Tauris, 2017).
- T. Derda, J. Hilder and J. Kwapisz (eds.), Fragments, Holes, and Wholes: Reconstrucing the Ancient World in Theory and Practice (Oxford, 2017)
- Ted Kaizer (ed.), Religion, Society and Culture at Dura-Europos (Cambridge, 2016)
- Barbara Graziosi, Homer (OUP, 2016)
- Ioannis Ziogas and Philip Mitsis (eds.), Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry (De Gruyter, 2016)
- Peter Fane-Saunders, Pliny the Elder and the Emergence of Renaissance Architecture (CUP, 2016)
- Thorsten Foegen and Richard Warren (eds), Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the Idea of Nationalism in the 19th Century (De Gruyter 2016)
- Nicholas Horsfall, The Epic Distilled. Studies in the Composition of the Aeneid. (OUP 2016).
- Amy Russell, The Politics of Public Space in Republican Rome (CUP 2015).
- Edward Harris, David Lewis and Mark Woolmer (eds) The Ancient Greek Economy: Markets, Households and City States (CUP 2015).
- Peter Heslin, The Museum of Augustus The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii, The Portico of Philippus in Rome, and Latin Poetry (Getty Publications 2015). Recipient of an Honorable Mention in the 2016 PROSE awards.
- Christopher Rowe (tr. and ed.), Plato Theaetetus and Sophist (CUP 2015).