The Classics Research Division has a proud history stretching back more than 100 years. It 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:
Professor Annalisa Marzano
Research Division Lead
Telephone: +44 (0) 118 378 6991
blogs, news and events
Debt and credit in late-antique Egypt: Dr Arietta Papaconstantinou
Without banks as we know them today, how did people in late antiquity manage debt? How was lending at extortionate rates justified in response to the religious criticism of Christianity and Islam? Was daily practice affected by political and legislative changes?
With funding from the Gerda Henkel Foundation and the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, Arietta Papaconstantinou is studying the answers to these questions. She is using the invaluable evidence of papyri, the ancient equivalent of modern paper found almost exclusively in Egypt. These documents reveal the everyday life of the rural population with an immediacy that the better-known ancient texts cannot match, and they make it possible to write history from the point of view of the average inhabitant of the ancient world.
Winkelmania: Dr Katherine Harloe
Johann Joachim Winckelmann was a German art historian and archaeologist. During the late 18th Century he influenced the neoclassical movement. His writings paved the way for a new science of archaeology and art history and also influenced Western painting, sculpture, architecture, literature and philosophy.
Katherine Harloe, Associate Professor in Classics, is known internationally for her work on many aspects of Winckelmann and his reception. She is Joint Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of the Classical Tradition.
In collaboration with Professor Amy Smith, Curator of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology she developed an exhibition exploring Winckelmann’s influence on the arts in Europe, particularly Britain, which included printed media, architecture and decorative arts exhibited at Christchurch Library, Oxford.
The Ancient Schoolroom
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.