With a proud history stretching back more than 100 years, the Classics Research Division is renowned for its world-leading insights into the cultures, histories, societies, languages, religions and material remains of the ancient Mediterranean.
We consider the ancient world as a single entity, investigating the interactions between its social groups and examining both the centres and shifting geographical and cultural boundaries at the peripheries.
Our research also investigates the ancient world as cultural capital, available for use and re-use by a range of cultures in Europe and beyond.
With the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at our heart, the Division attracts students, researchers, visitors and staff from across the globe and boasts strong international connections and collaborations at research and teaching level.
For specific enquiries, please contact:
Research Division Lead
Telephone: +44 (0)118 378 7943
Our research is highly competitive and award-winning. Here are just a few examples of our most recent successes:
- Dr Matthew Nicholls – British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (BARSEA) 2015
- Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou – Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Scholarship (2015-2016): ‘Credit, debt, and the transformation of rural society in Egypt and Palestine from Constantine to the Abbasids’
- Prof. Peter Kruschwitz – British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship (2014-5): ‘Poetry of the People’
- Dr Matthew Nicholls – Guardian University Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)
- Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou – ERC Award (2013 ff.): ‘The Cult of Saints: a Christendom-wide study of its origin, spread and development’
- Prof. Eleanor Dickey – Leverhulme Fellowship (2012-4): ‘Latin loanwords in ancient Greek’
Historians and tourists are able to take a virtual step back in time to explore the iconic and ancient city of Rome thanks to the expertise of a Classics Research Division academic.
Created by Dr Matthew Nicholls, the expansive, multi-award-winning digital model depicts Rome as it stood in 315 AD and features all of the major monuments and the many square miles of ordinary housing, tombs and commercial buildings.
Virtual Rome provides a view of the entire city, with all structures in their proper contexts, and is shedding new light on history’s shadows. For example, the model can be used to investigate questions of sight lines, illumination and routes through the metropolis.
For more information, read the Virtual Rome blog.
We pride ourselves on our thriving, prolific – and thoroughly inclusive – research community. With the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the Classics Research Division's heart, we attract students, researchers, visitors, and staff from all over the world.
As an ongoing commitment to the next generation of academic teachers and researchers, we also regularly advertise positions for Graduate Teaching Assistants.