About us

With eighteen members of academic staff, several graduate teaching assistants, honorary staff, sessional lecturers, a Visiting Fellow in Modern Greek, a vibrant and growing postgraduate and postdoctoral community, and of course our diverse, enthusiastic, and open-minded studentship, Reading’s Department of Classics is one of the finest and most inspirational Classics departments in the world.

The 2014 Research Excellence Framework determined that over 82% of our published research was of world-leading and internationally excellent quality, putting us in the Top 3 Classics departments in the United Kingdom.

The Department prides itself on its wide-ranging expertise in the Ancient History, from the Bronze Age to the Early Islamic Period, covering all the centres and peripheries of the cultures and civilisations of the ancient Mediterranean, in the languages and literatures of the Greeks and Romans, and in the Classical Tradition. Thematic interests include Greek Religion, Greek and Roman Drama, Ancient Historiography, Ancient Economy, Post-Pharaonic Egypt, Ancient Linguistics, Reception Studies, History of Scholarship, Post-Colonialism, the Cult of Saints, Roman Architecture and Digital Modelling.

Our Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology, one of the largest collection of Greek ceramics in the UK and the most important collection of Boeotian pottery outside Greece, provides us with an inspirational research and teaching environment.

We are proud of our award-winning teaching, from introductory lectures to small-group tutorials to one-to-one supervision, allowing for study tailored to the specific needs of each student, whether at undergraduate or postgraduate level.

For further information, please visit our webpages at http://www.reading.ac.uk/classics/.

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