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Classics Research

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 humanities faculty.

Research Resources & Activities

Research Centres

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.

Research Projects

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.

Outreach Talks

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 disappointment.

How can the Public benefit from our research?

You 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.