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Royal honour for pioneering Classicist

Congratulations to Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, our Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, who has been made an MBE by King Charles III for Services to Education.
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Professor Edith Hall wins the Classical Association Prize

We are delighted that Professor Edith Hall from our Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded the prestigious Classical Association Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Classics in the UK.
Edith Hall CA prize

World Autism Acceptance Week: experiences of autism in Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History

In recognition of World Autism Acceptance Week, 27 March – 2 April 2023, and World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday 2 April, the Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity leads in the Departments of Archaeology, and of Classics and Ancient History have joined together to give students and staff who have experiences of autism a forum.
World Autism Acceptance Week, Monday 27 March to Sunday 2 April. Next to this text, three women wearing shirts with the National Autistic Society logo are smiling and holding up multicoloured pompoms

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 

We are ranked 8th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. 
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Classics researcher visits UAE with charity partner to improve understanding of oracy skills

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, recently visited Dubai to conduct research as part of her British Academy Innovation Fellowship.
Dr Arlene Henderson-Holmes and colleagues in Dubai

Honouring Professor Peter Rhodes' Legacy

Peter Rhodes (1940-2021) was internationally renowned as an eminent historian of ancient Greece. Here in Durham, he taught for 40 years and was a devoted friend of the Department even after his retirement. He is much missed in Durham and all around the world.
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Something Sublime about the Cosmos

Phillip Horky is Professor of Ancient Philosophy. He has recently been taking part in the Being Human Festival, a nationwide festival celebrating the value of humanities research for all. He tells us about his research into the Cosmos, which he shared with the public at What on Earth is That? A festival event which considered our relationship with the night sky on 17 January at High Force Waterfall and Hotel.

In Search of Greek Theatre at the National Theatre

Greek tragedy has been part of the National Theatre’s repertoire since the company formed: its first performance of a Greek tragedy, Sophocles’ Philoctetes, was in 1964. Dr Lucy Jackson is working with the National Theatre to explore how the challenges of staging Greek tragedy have been met on the National Theatre's stages through four themes: performance space, setting (the world of the play), chorus, and masks.

Classics Teacher Training returns to Durham!

After several decades, teacher training in Classics is now available once again at Durham thanks to a partnership between the School of Education and the Department of Classics and Ancient History.
School of Education Building

Two prominent positions for pioneering academic using ancient languages to inform modern education

We’re celebrating the news that Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Associate Professor within our Classics and Ancient History department has been elected to not one, but two, prominent national advisory roles to help shape future priorities in Humanities education.
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PhD Studentships in Classics & Ancient History at Durham University

The Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham invites applications from UK and international applicants for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.
Students outside the Department of Classics and Ancient History in Durham City.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, Durham University

The Department of Classics and Ancient History invites expressions of interest from outstanding candidates who wish to apply for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship through Durham University.
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