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Postgraduate Research Areas

Before applying to do a PhD with us, you should make contact with potential supervisors among the Classical Studies staff. You can see their individual web pages for details of research interests. In general, the Classical Studies Department welcomes proposals in these main areas:

  • Greek literature
  • Greek social and cultural history
  • Roman social and cultural history
  • Greek, Roman and Etruscan archaeology
  • the body in the ancient world
  • modern receptions of classical antiquity
  • learning and teaching of classical studies in adult and higher education. 

In particular, the following specific areas are offered:

  • Homer
  • Hesiod
  • the Socratic Dialogues of Plato
  • Greek lyric poetry
  • Greek tragedy
  • Old Comedy
  • the archaeology of Roman Italy and Etruria
  • the archaeology of the Roman north-western provinces
  • pre-Roman Italy and the Etruscans
  • the Roman economy
  • classical material culture
  • Roman art and its social uses
  • the Roman family
  • Roman funerary traditions and monuments
  • Roman dress
  • ancient medicine and its reception
  • Classics and popular culture

These subjects represent the specialist fields of members of our department. We can sometimes also arrange external supervisors when we cannot offer a topic ourselves.

The Department’s research is also channelled into a number of projects and research clusters.

Follow this link to find out how to apply for postgraduate research.

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