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Classics and Ancient History Research

Classics and Ancient History Research

We're committed to creating a vibrant and varied research environment.

Dynamic field of study

At Newcastle we examine the human experience, in all its brilliance and complexity, from the Late Bronze Age until the seventh century AD.

Graeco-Roman focus

Our geographical focus is primarily the Graeco-Roman Mediterranean. But the impact of Greek and Roman culture is also traced in Egypt, Central Asia, and the far North of Britain.

Our internationally excellent research earned us 12th place in the national rankings.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research approach

Our research centres on languages, history and cultures of ancient Greece and Rome. We approach these via their literary, material or visual remains or all three. We use a wide range of evidence to investigate lived experience in the ancient past. Our research also traces the influence of past lives, literatures and societies of later history.

Research-led teaching

We offer some of the most wide-ranging teaching programmes in the Classics subject in the country as part of both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. We are a diverse and international community of researchers and teachers.

A stele, or occasionally stela, when derived from Latin, is a stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected in the ancient world as a monument.

The Great North Museum: Hancock plays a prominent role in our activities. It is home to the Shefton Collection of Greek Art and Archaeology. It also houses a large body of artefacts from Hadrian’s Wall.

Research in history and archaeology

Find out about the School's research in history and archaeology.