The ancient Greek and Roman worlds have given us a heritage of extraordinary richness and diversity. Classical studies focuses on the texts, artefacts, images and ideas from these worlds, considering their interpretations and persistence across time, places and cultures.
Specialisms within the academic team range from the Homeric epics and the monuments of ancient Rome to the portrayal of Cleopatra in films – just a flavour of the breadth of our course material and research topics. Members of the discipline regularly organise international conferences, and have been involved in major collaborative projects, such as the archaeological excavations at Mugello Valley in Tuscany, and the digital humanities Pelagios Project.
Classical studies at The Open University is known for its ambitious and supportive research culture. We are proud of our wide-ranging research on traditional literary, archaeological and historical topics. We also play a leading role in shaping new and interdisciplinary fields, such as digital humanities, material religion and the reception of classical antiquity.
We are home to The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion, which supports cross-disciplinary work on the material, visual, and other sensory aspects of Greek, Roman and Etruscan religions. We host the Classical Reception Studies Network, bringing together others who share our interest in researching and teaching classical receptions. We produce high-quality bespoke resources for schools and other audiences – many of these are available on our Schools & Outreach page.
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