Studying in The Ioannou Centre. Photo © Photovibe
The Stelios Ioannou
School for Research in Classical and Byzantine Studies plays a central role in
these studies at the University of Oxford. The University hosts an incomparable
breadth and depth of Classical and Byzantine research, encompassing ancient philosophy,
languages, literature, drama, art, history and archaeology across the
millennia. We are committed to expanding this through outreach
and by opening university study to young people who lack previous experience in
Latin or Greek and offering new options in subjects including Classical and
Byzantine art. A large part of the centre has been set aside for the Faculty's outreach
officer and for outreach events to interest young people in the field.
Research Centres. Top: © Photovibe, Bottom: © MAXX Design Ltd
In the past, these
activities have been somewhat diffused across the academic and geographic
landscape of Oxford. The Stelios Ioannou School provides a much needed focus.
Its location, in a refurbished building on St Giles' near the Ashmolean Museum
of Art and Archaeology, helps to facilitate access to the materials housed in
nearby institutions as well as interaction among students, researchers, faculty
and staff. In addition to the centre and the Museum, the neighbourhood contains
the Sackler Library with its collections in Classical archaeology and art
history, and the recently expanded Oriental Institute with its celebrated work
on the Ancient Near East. The Ashmolean itself underwent a major £50 million
renovation recently. With the addition of the centre, the rejuvenated St Giles'
area became a hub for Greek, Roman and Byzantine research across Britain and
indeed the world.
The Stelios Ioannou
School provides space for administration, research and teaching. It provides a
base for research projects as well
as four key research units: the Centre for the Study of Ancient
Documents; the Classical Art Research Centre and the Beazley Archive; the
Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama; and the Lexicon of Greek
Personal Names. It also supports undergraduate teaching in Greek, Latin and
ancient history to complement the tutorials and classes given by colleges.
We can continue to echo
the words which Erasmus wrote after he visited Oxford in 1499: `It is
marvellous to report how widely here, and how densely, the harvest of ancient
letters is flourishing.'