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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.
A groups of students chatting on benches outside the library

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

Researchers make rare discoveries in Athenian history

Researchers from our Department of Classics and Ancient History have discovered an unpublished Athenian gravestone in a museum in the North East of England.
Greek Inscriptions

Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award for Durham Classics

We are delighted to announce that the Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded an Advance HE Athena Swan Bronze Award.
Plaque outside the Classics and Ancient History building

Many congratulations to Professor Christopher Rowe

Prof. Emeritus Christopher Rowe has been awarded a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship.
A collection of books featuring Aristotle.

2020 Complete University Guide

We have been ranked as the 3rd best Classics department in the UK.
Two students exiting a historic building.