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International Women's Day 2024: #EverydaySexism in Classics & Archaeology

The 8th of March is International Women’s Day – a day to honour women's social, economic, cultural and political achievements, and highlight the work that still needs to be done to accelerate gender equality. 
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New Durham Prize in Classical Reception 2024 Announced

The Durham University Department of Classics & Ancient History, together with the Durham Centre for Classical Reception, invites submissions for its first annual international prize for a doctoral thesis in Classical Reception Studies, broadly defined.
Renaissance artwork of a roman reception

Durham research has a lasting global impact

We have launched a new Global Research Brochure where we shine a light on some of our incredible researchers who are making a difference in the world.
A globe with lines showing connections between different parts of the world.

Two Thousand Years More Interesting

Arlene Holmes Henderson, Professor of Classics Education and Public Policy has recently been interviewed for the ‘Let’s Make This More Interesting’ podcast series, hosted by Adam Morgan.
Arlene Holmes Henderson outside 10 Downing Street

PhD Studentships in Classics & Ancient History at Durham University

The Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham invites applications from UK and international applicants for PhD studentships through the AHRC-funded Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership.
Three PhD students, two men and a woman, sit at a table with an open laptop and books and papers spread around. In the foreground on the right, a student looks at a printed article with highlighting, while in the background the other two are reading a book

Royal honour for pioneering Classicist

Congratulations to Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, our Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, who has been made an MBE by King Charles III for Services to Education.
Arlene Holmes-Henderson pictured along with the outside of the Classics building in Durham City

Professor Edith Hall wins the Classical Association Prize

We are delighted that Professor Edith Hall from our Department of Classics and Ancient History has been awarded the prestigious Classical Association Prize in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Classics in the UK.
Edith Hall CA prize

World Autism Acceptance Week: experiences of autism in Archaeology and Classics & Ancient History

In recognition of World Autism Acceptance Week, 27 March – 2 April 2023, and World Autism Awareness Day on Sunday 2 April, the Equality, Diversity & Inclusivity leads in the Departments of Archaeology, and of Classics and Ancient History have joined together to give students and staff who have experiences of autism a forum.
World Autism Acceptance Week, Monday 27 March to Sunday 2 April. Next to this text, three women wearing shirts with the National Autistic Society logo are smiling and holding up multicoloured pompoms

QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023 

We are ranked 8th in the prestigious QS World University Rankings by Subject 2023. 
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Classics researcher visits UAE with charity partner to improve understanding of oracy skills

Dr Arlene Holmes-Henderson, Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History, recently visited Dubai to conduct research as part of her British Academy Innovation Fellowship.
Dr Arlene Henderson-Holmes and colleagues in Dubai

Honouring Professor Peter Rhodes' Legacy

Peter Rhodes (1940-2021) was internationally renowned as an eminent historian of ancient Greece. Here in Durham, he taught for 40 years and was a devoted friend of the Department even after his retirement. He is much missed in Durham and all around the world.
Photograph of Peter Rhodes with text

Something Sublime about the Cosmos

Phillip Horky is Professor of Ancient Philosophy. He has recently been taking part in the Being Human Festival, a nationwide festival celebrating the value of humanities research for all. He tells us about his research into the Cosmos, which he shared with the public at What on Earth is That? A festival event which considered our relationship with the night sky on 17 January at High Force Waterfall and Hotel.