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Classical studies
Greek and Latin texts

Greek and Latin texts

Research in Greek and Latin texts include work in all the main genres in both poetry and prose, and includes philological and textual analysis as well as the relationship between texts and social and cultural contexts. We welcome applications in any area corresponding with current staff interests. These include: Greek comedy and humour studies; Greek epic and its reception; early Greek lyric; Greek tragedy; Greek historiography; Greek oratory; Latin poetry and Augustan literature; and digital classics.

If you would like to join us as a full- or part-time research student, in an area that corresponds to the research interests of one or more members of staff, please contact us for an informal preliminary discussion (details below). A well-thought-out research proposal which sets out specific research questions and your strategies for addressing them, and which outlines the originality of your topic or approach, will enhance your chances of admission. We are always glad to offer advice before application (for example on how your project might enhance existing work in the field; what facilities you would need; what ancient and/or modern language ability you need for your project; and how you could participate in the discipline’s research culture and engage with students in other universities).

Qualifications available

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Research degree fees.

Entry requirements

BA with a minimum grade of 2:1 (or equivalent), MA with a minimum grade of merit.

Potential research projects

  • Greek epic, including Homer, Hesiod and the epic cycle
  • Greek lyric
  • Greek comedy and humour studies
  • Greek tragedy and cultural history
  • Greek and Roman historiography
  • Greek oratory
  • Latin poetry and Augustan literature

Current/recent research projects

  • Rethinking Monsters and the Monstrous in Classical Antiquity and Beyond
  • Audience Sensory Experience in Thucydides’ History of the Peloponnesian War
  • Virgil’s Treatment of Augustus and Claudian’s Treatment of Stilicho.

Potential supervisors


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Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

Dr Jan Haywood and Dr Astrid Voigt
Email: FASS-ClassicalStudies-Enquiries
Phone: +44 (0)1908 653247