Our research staff also widely contribute to other research themes within the School.
Research Excellence Framework (REF)
Classics and ancient history at Newcastle received a very strong research rating in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.
With an overall average of 3.01, three-quarters of our weighted scores (encompassing publications, impact and environment) reflect internationally excellent research, earning us a 12th place in the national ranking.
In terms of publications, our average rating of 3.05 belongs in the top 10 (joint 7th). More than 30% of our publications were given the highest score of 4*.
This indicates research that is world-leading in terms of originality, significance and rigour.
For a national overview of the REF results in classics and ancient history, visit the Research Excellence Framework website.
Classics research at Newcastle covers a full range of topics in classical languages and literatures, ancient history and their modern reception. These include:
Ancient societiesAncient societies
- ancient economies
- ancient intellectual history
- ancient visual and material cultures
- ancient science and medicine
- ancient social and cultural history
- ancient concepts of divinity
- ancient ethnography
- ancient identity
- classics and colonialism
- Graeco-Roman Egypt
- modern receptions and recreations of ancient texts
Greek and RomanGreek and Roman
- Greek and Roman music
- Greek and Roman science
- Greek and Roman epigraphy and onomastics
- the Greek world under Rome
- Greek and Roman historiography and biography
- Greek and Roman oratory and rhetoric
Ancient GreeceAncient Greece
- Greek art and archaeology
- Greek history (from archaic Greece to Alexander the Great)
- Greek philosophy
- Greek medicine, its history and influence
- Greek epic
- Greek papyrology
- Greek tragedy and its influence
- Greek literary criticism
- later Greek literature
Ancient RomeAncient Rome
- Roman history
- the city of Rome
- Roman epistolography
- Roman law
- Roman lyric poetry
- Roman philosophical poetry
- Flavian literature
We have been successful in attracting external funding for research in recent years. Grants to a total of more than £1.3m have recently come from organisations such as: