Research in Classics & Ancient History
Our research areas
- Art and Space in Antiquity
- Ancient Literature and Thought
- Graeco-Arabic Studies
- Reception Studies
- Roman Economy
Our research interests embrace the full range of classical disciplines from literature, history and material culture to philosophy and thought. Search our staff by their research areas.
We share many interests with other Warwick departments (Philosophy, History, Centre for Renaissance Studies, Italian, History of Art) and have research collaborations with universities within the UK and internationally.
There is a lively community of postgraduates studying for taught MAs, research MAs and PhDs, including students from the UK and Europe. Current postgraduates are involved in research projects focusing on various aspects of material culture and literature in the ancient world and beyond.
Current externally-funded projects
- The Materiality of Graeco-Roman Festivals (PI, Zahra Newby) Leverhulme Major Research Project (2017-2020)
- Token Communities in the Ancient Mediterranean (PI, Clare Rowan) ERC Starting Grant (2016-2021).
- Nemesius' On the Nature of Man: Edition, Translation, and Study of the Arabic Version (PI, Simon Swain). AHRC Research Grant (2012-2017).
- A Literary History of Medicine: The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians by Ibn Abi Usaybi'ah (d. 1270) (Co-I Simon Swain and E. Savage Smith). Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award (2013-2017).
- Galen's Commentary to the Hippocratic Epidemics, Book Six: An Edition and Translation of the Extant Arabic Translation (PI, Uwe Vagelpohl). Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship (2012-2018).
- Medical Prognosis in Late Antiquity (PI, Caroline Petit). Wellcome Trust University Award (2013-2018).
- Facilitating Access to Latin inscriptions in Britain's Oldest Public Museum through Scholarship and Technology (PI, Alison E. Cooley). AHRC Research Grant (2013-2016). Follow-on funding from AHRC:
Latin inscriptions in the Ashmolean Museum: influencing curatorial practice and extending educational scope to new audiences (Jan-Dec 2017).
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Impact and engagement
Research into Greek and Roman antiquity contributes important social and cultural insights for modern society. We're committed to engaging diverse audiences and communicating our research in innovative ways. We utilise popular media and public events, help shape the delivery of secondary, further and higher education in the UK and internationally and exploit technology to make our research accessible to as a wide an audience as possible.