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Research clusters

The department’s research covers a wide range of topics and showcases the diversity that classical studies has to offer. We are proud of our success in producing research on traditional literary, archaeological, and historical topics, while the department also plays a leading role in shaping new and inter-disciplinary fields such as digital humanities and receptions of classical antiquity. The department fosters an ambitious and supportive research culture, and encourages collaborations within the OU and beyond. Members of the department regularly organise international conferences, and have been engaged on major collaborative projects.  Much of our research is clustered in five areas:

Research projects


Members of the department work with exhibitions at museums and galleries in the UK and beyond.

Staff Research Interests

For details of staff research interests, see individuals' web pages.

Our recent publications

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See our conferences page for information about forthcoming and archived research conferences.


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