The Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol conducts world-leading research right across the wide-ranging discipline of Classical Studies – on core areas such as Greek tragedy, Latin poetry, ancient historiography, and classical reception, and on central topics such as mythology, narrative, politics, and religion.

Our diverse research activities are unified by three broad underlying themes: interdisciplinarity and multidisciplinarity, the exploration of new theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of antiquity, and a concern with the continuing impact and influence of the classical world and its culture. The Department has been ranked in the top ten of UK Classics departments for research since the current system of assessment began; and research from this Department has had and continues to have a deep impact on how the discipline is conceptualised and taught.

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Our research feeds into School of Humanities research clusters, and forms part of the overall research strategies of the Faculty of Arts.


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