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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.
Photograph of Peter Rhodes with text

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.
Plaque outside the Classics and Ancient History building

The Underworld and Halloween

George Alexander Gazis is Assistant Professor in Greek Literature in the Department of Classics and Ancient History. He is interested in the function of mortality and the afterlife in the Homeric Epics and early Lyric. On Halloween we explore how these ancient understandings resonate with the festivities which now take place on 31st October.
Odysseus and the Underworld

Successes in 2023 Rankings for Durham Classics & Ancient History

Durham's Classics & Ancient History is pleased to announce its successes in 2023 rankings. Our department ranked overall 2nd best in the UK in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, 3rd best in the Complete University Guide, and 4th best in the Guardian University Guide. We are proud of the education and support we provide to our students.
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Memorial lecture for P. J. Rhodes, Friday 9th September 2022

The Department of Classics and Ancient History will hold a memorial lecture in honour of Professor P. J. Rhodes on Friday 9th September, 5.30-6.30pm in PG 20 in the Pemberton Rooms on Palace Green.
Professor P. J. Rhodes sat on a chair reading a book

Professor Edith Hall and Professor Andy Wood named new British Academy Fellows

We are delighted that Professor Edith Hall from our Department of Classics and Ancient History and Professor Andy Wood from Department of History have become new Fellows of The British Academy.
British academy fellows 2022