A fragment of Papyrus from the Imaging Papyri Research Project (fragment PSI 1304). © Imaging Papyri
The resources for research in Classics at Oxford are unsurpassed anywhere
in the world, and they enable Faculty members to conduct research over a
remarkably wide range of subjects in classical languages, literature,
history, art and archaeology. The traditional picture of research in
Classics is of scholars working alone in a library; a great deal of such
research continues to take place, of course, but alongside this
collaborative projects are opening up fresh areas of study and making
possible a new range of international and interdisciplinary contacts.
Classics has many more projects funded by external bodies than any other
Research Resources & Activities
The faculty has four research centres which act as a focus for the research projects associated with them. All of the research centres are based within the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies. See Research Centres on the right hand menu.
With over 20 research projects there is a wealth and diversity of research information available. Most of our research projects have a website and many of these have online searchable databases freely available.
Oxford Research Archive
The Oxford University Research Archive (ORA) contains research publications and other research output produced by
members of the University of Oxford. Content includes copies of journal articles, conference papers, theses and other
types of research publications. The full text of many of these items is freely available to be used in accordance with
copyright and end-user permissions.
Digital Humanities at Oxford
Digital Humanities at Oxford provides a central information point about activities, resources and facilities in the Digital Humanities.
Find out about People, Projects, Support and Training, News and Events. Digital technologies have the power to transform humanities research,
making it easier and more efficient, enabling new ways of working,
opening up new questions and creating new knowledge, or answering
existing questions more fully and systematically.
The Beazley Archive, Classical Art Research Centre
The Archive contains the world's largest collection of photographs of
ancient Greek painted pottery, as well as relevant books and offprints,
extensive material on the history of gem-collecting, and thousands of
other documents and photographs relating to classical archaeology and to
Sir John Beazley.
The Cast Gallery, Ashmolean Museum
With approximately 900 casts of Greek and Roman statues, reliefs, and architecture the Cast Gallery contains one of the largest and best preserved collections in the UK.
The Heberden Coin Room, Ashmolean Museum
The Heberden Coin Room houses a collection of some 300,000 coins and medals. This is the largest collection in Britain after the British Museum.
Oxyrhynchus Papyri, Sackler Library
The Oxyrhynchus Papyri Collection, which belongs mainly to the Egypt
Exploration Society is housed by Oxford University in its Sackler Library. The
Society owns over 500,000 papyrus fragments, the largest collection of
papyri in the world.
On average about 100 talks per year are given by our faculty members to schools and colleges as part of our Outreach programme. Often these talks are based on academics' own research. See the link in the right column to see a list of Outreach Talks.
Our research projects often organise exhibitions
using space within the Ioannou Centre itself or elsewhere such as the
Bodleian Libraries. In April-May 2013 the Archive of Performances of
Greek and Roman Drama is housing an exhibition in the Ioannou Centre
called "Identity & Community in Performance: Festivals in Greece
1927-2012". Examples of other past exhibitions from our research projects held in
the Ioannou Centre include "Photographic Exhibition - Lefkandi" and
"Emotions in Ancient Greece: Text & Images".
Oresteia exhibition 2011 at the Ioannou Centre. © APGRD
The University's iTunes website or podcast site (see link in the
right column - direct to Classics podcasts) often contain talks relating
to research in Classics.
Please Note: not all of these resources are
open to the public, please check first on the relevant website to avoid
How can the Public benefit from our research?
don't need to be a faculty researcher or student enrolled on a Classics course to benefit from the
output of our research. Many of the resources and activities created as a result of our
research are freely available to the public such as online searchable databases
of our research projects' outputs (see our research centres and research projects) or talks and workshops provided as part of our
Outreach programme (see the Outreach Talks link).
There are other ways in which our research
is accessible for example through access to the University's public museums, galleries and libraries, exhibitions open to the public, summer schools, publications, podcasts and of course our term-time public lectures.