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Faculty of Classics

Oxford has the largest Classics department in the world, with unparalleled teaching, library and museum resources and a range of extracurricular activities, including performances of Greek plays and various societies.

Series associated with Faculty of Classics

Ancient History HT2015: Digital Classics
Faculty of Classics
Greek and Roman Drama - Theatre History & Modern Performance (APGRD Public Lectures)
Medea, a performance history (APGRD multimedia ebooks)
The Beazley Archive - Classical Art Research Centre
What is Tragedy?
What is Translation?
# Episode Title Description People Date
1 The Gaisford Lecture 2016: Transmitting Tragedy The Gaisford Lecture 2016: Transmitting Tragedy, delivered by Patrick Finglass Patrick Finglass 02 Nov 2016
2 Macedonian Lawgiver Kings and the Young: ΝΕΟΤΗΣ ΓΕΓΥΜΝΑΣΜΕΝΗ: The David Lewis Lecture 2016 The 2016 David Lewis Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos of the International Hellenic University. Introduced by Robert Parker. Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos, Robert Parker 31 Oct 2016
3 Creative Commons Frank McGuinness in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Acclaimed playwright Frank McGuinness talks with Fiona Macintosh about his work adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and Medea. Fiona Macintosh, Frank McGuinness 11 Aug 2016
4 Creative Commons Jonathan Kent in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Director Jonathan Kent discusses his work with Greek tragedies, including Medea with Diana Rigg in 1992-1994; Hecuba with Clare Higgins in 2004; and Oedipus with Ralph Fiennes in 2008 at the National Theatre. Jonathan Kent, Fiona Macintosh 11 Aug 2016
5 The Oresteia at the Globe Theatre (2015) Director, Adele Thomas, and playwright / translator, Rory Mullarkey, talk about their production of Aeschylus' Oresteia at the Globe Theatre, London in 2015 Adele Thomas, Rory Mullarkey 11 Aug 2016
6 E. M. Forster’s Tragic Interior - David Scourfield David Scourfield, of Maynooth University, discusses E. M. Forster's relationship with Greek tragedy in the APGRD's second, annual Classics and English Lecture David Scourfield 10 Aug 2016
7 Medea, a performance history (ebook version) A free to download, interactive/multimedia ebook by the APGRD, on the production history of Euripides' tragedy Medea Fiona Macintosh; Claire Kenward; Tom Wrobel 09 Aug 2016
8 Ian Rickson on Sophocles' Electra Director Ian Rickson talks about his 2014 production of Sophocles' Electra at the Old Vic, London, starring Kristin Scott Thomas as Electra Ian Rickson 09 Aug 2016
9 Marina Carr in conversation with Fiona Macintosh Playwright Marina Carr discusses her adaptation of Euripides' Hecuba, which premiered at the RSC in 2015, and her long-standing relationship with Greek Tragedy Marina Carr, Fiona Macintosh 09 Aug 2016
10 Gwyneth Lewis on Writing Clytemnestra Poet and playwright, Gwyneth Lewis discusses her relationship with Greek tragedy and her play Clytemnestra. Gwyneth Lewis 09 Aug 2016
11 Helen McCrory discusses Medea with Edith Hall Actor Helen McCrory talks about her role in the acclaimed 2014 production of Euripides' Medea at the National Theatre Helen McCrory, Edith Hall 09 Aug 2016
12 Alumni Day 2015 - Microscopic and Macroscopic. Rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's 'Lives' and Appian's 'Civil Wars' Gregory Hutchinson on rhythmic prose and historical themes in Plutarch's 'Lives' and Appian's 'Civil Wars' Gregory Hutchinson 20 Jul 2016
13 Alumni Day 2015 - Rosetta, Philae and Beyond: Decoding Ancient Texts in the Digital Age Rosetta, Philae and Beyond: Decoding Ancient Texts in the Digital Age. Alan Bowman 10 Jun 2016
14 Creative Commons The Don Fowler Lecture 2016: Interpretation and the Metaphor of Authority The 2016 Don Fowler Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Alison Sharrock of the University of Manchester. Alison Sharrock 06 Jun 2016
15 The Power of 7 - The Campaign for graduate scholarships in Classics at Oxford The Power of 7 - The Campaign for graduate scholarships in Classics at Oxford Teresa Morgan, Chris de L'isle, Jane Masséglia 03 Jul 2015
16 The Gaisford 2015 Lecture: Pearls before Swine? The Past & Future of Greek The Gaisford 2015 Lecture: Pearls before Swine? The Past & Future of Greek Edith Hall 09 Jun 2015
17 The Sybille Haynes Lecture 2015: Pirates of Populonia? The Myth of Etruscan Piracy in the Mediterranean The Sybille Haynes Lecture 2015: Pirates of Populonia? The Myth of Etruscan Piracy in the Mediterranean Jean Turfa 27 May 2015
18 The Don Fowler Lecture 2015: The Philosopher as Epic Hero: Augustan Poetry in Seneca's Letters The Don Fowler Lecture 2015: The Philosopher as Epic Hero: Augustan Poetry in Seneca's Letters Catharine Edwards 19 May 2015
19 Digital Classics: Sharing the Wealth: Numismatics in a World of Linked Open Data Digital Classics: Sharing the Wealth: Numismatics in a World of Linked Open Data Andrew Meadows 30 Apr 2015
20 Creative Commons Fragmentary Prose Authors in Athenaeus of Naucratis Fragmentary Prose Authors in Athenaeus of Naucratis S. Douglas Olson 01 Apr 2015
21 APGRD Lecture: Gwyneth Lewis on Clytemnestra Gwyneth Lewis on Clytemnestra Gwyneth Lewis 11 Mar 2015
22 Digital Classics: Trismegistos: A Tool for the Study of the Ancient World Trismegistos: A Tool for the Study of the Ancient World Mark Depauw 04 Mar 2015
23 Digital Classics: The Digital Marmor Parium The Digital Marmor Parium Monica Berti 04 Mar 2015
24 Digital Classics: Bringing People Together: Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies Bringing People Together: Standards for Networking Ancient Prosopographies Gabriel Bodard 04 Mar 2015
25 Creative Commons Digital Classics: The Europeana Best Practice Network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy The Europeana Best Practice Network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy Pietro Liuzzo 10 Feb 2015
26 Digital Classics: What is the TEI? And Why Should I Care? What is the TEI? And Why Should I Care? James Cummings 02 Feb 2015
27 Digital Classics: Mapping the Ancient World: Countercartography, Networks and Bottomless Maps Mapping the Ancient World: Countercartography, Networks and Bottomless Maps Elton Barker 02 Feb 2015
28 Helen of Troy – myth or reality? Dr Bettany Hughes delivers her lecture - "Helen of Troy – myth or reality?" as part of the Classics Alumni Day - "Classics from Helen to the Hijaz" Bettany Hughes 09 Jun 2014
29 Islam: Executioner or Heir of Antiquity Tom Holland delivers his lecture - "Islam: Executioner or Heir of Antiquity" as part of the Classics Alumni Day - "Classics from Helen to the Hijaz" Tom Holland 09 Jun 2014
30 Creative Commons Oxford Classics and the wider world Mai Musié delivers her lecture - "Oxford Classics and the wider world" as part of the Classics Alumni Day - "From Helen to the Hijaz" Mai Musié 09 Jun 2014
31 Why Classical Reception - Classics Alumni Day 15th March 2014 Dr Fiona Macintosh delivers her lecture "Why Classical Reception" as part of the Classics Alumni Day - "From Helen to The Hijaz" Fiona Macintosh 09 Jun 2014
32 Creative Commons Grants for Schools Starting Classics - Classics Alumni Day 15th March 2014 Nicholas Barber CBE, Chairman of Classics for All delivers his lecture "Grants for Schools Starting Classics" as part of the Classics Alumni Day - "Classics from Helen to the Hijaz" Nicholas Barber 09 Jun 2014
33 Creative Commons Matters of Perception in Latin Poetry and Philosophy - Classics Alumni Day 15th March 2014 Prof Tobias Reinhardt delivers his lecture - "Matters of Perception in Latin Poetry and Philosophy" as part of the Alumni day - "Classics from Helen to the Hijaz" Tobias Reinhardt 09 Jun 2014
34 Creative Commons The Roman Empire's New Place in the World - Classics Alumni Day 15th March 2014 Prof Nicholas Purcell delivers his lecture "The Roman Empire's New Place in the World" as part of the Alumni day - "Classics from Helen to the Hijaz" Nicholas Purcell 09 Jun 2014
35 Creative Commons Studying Classical Gems - Classics Alumni Day 15th March 2014 Prof Sir John Boardman delivers his lecture on "Studying Classics Gems" as part of the Alumni day - "Classics from Helen to the Hijaz" John Boardman 09 Jun 2014
36 The Haynes Lecture 2014: Runes and Amber. The Etruscans as Mediators Between the Classical World and Central Europe Prof. Larissa Bonfante, New York University, delivers the 2014 Haynes Lecture. Held at The Ioannou School for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University. Introduced by Prof. Bert Smith. Larissa Bonfante, Bert Smith 05 Jun 2014
37 Creative Commons Jonathan Kent in conversation with Fiona Macintosh English theatre and opera director Jonathan Kent talks with Fiona Macintosh about his work with Greek tragedies. Jonathan Kent, Fiona Macintosh 09 Dec 2013
38 Classics Course II: Of Course It's For You Tim Whitmarsh gives a talk for the Classics Open Day held on 16th March 2013 about doing a Classics degree at Oxford. Tim Whitmarsh 10 Apr 2013
39 Adventures with Hercules Dr Llewelyn Morgan gives a talk for the Classics Open Day, held on 16th March 2013. Llewelyn Morgan 10 Apr 2013
40 How to be Augustus: Escaping one's past Professor Chris Pelling give s a talk for the Classics Open Day, helpd on 16th March 2013. Chris Pelling 10 Apr 2013
41 To boldly go: Greek exploration from wife-eaters to counting cows Dr Katherine Clarke gives a talk for the Classics Open Day, held on 15th March 2013. Katherine Clarke 10 Apr 2013
42 Creative Commons The Haynes Lecture 2011: Tombs and Palaces in Archaic Etruria and Latium Prof. Dr. Friedhelm Prayon, University of Tübingen, Germany delivers the 2011 Haynes Lecture. Held at The Ioannou School for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University. Introduced by Prof. Bert Smith. Friedhelm Prayon, Bert Smith 17 Jun 2011
43 Creative Commons The Gaisford Lecture 2011: The Reader in Greek Literature Held at The Ioannou School for Classical and Byzantine Studies, Oxford University. Introduced by Prof. Christopher Pelling. Thomas A Schmitz 17 Jun 2011
44 Creative Commons Who Translates and for Whom? Fourth part of the What is Translation Podcast series. In this part, the question of who is best placed to translate classic texts; academics, poets, dramatists and who is best placed to receive the translation, students, scholars or the general public. Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
45 Creative Commons Can Poetry be Translated? Third part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether poetry be translated. Is there something within the original that is lost in the translation? Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
46 Creative Commons Is there ever a Faithful Translation? Second part of the What is Translation podcast series. In this part, the question of whether there can be a faithful translation; does the act of translating a text change the meaning of the original is discussed. Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
47 Creative Commons Is there a Core to Translation? First part of the What is Translation podcast series looking at translation of classical texts. In this part, the question of whether there is a core to translation; is there a central guiding idea to translation is discussed. Oliver Taplin, Lorna Hardwick 27 Jul 2010
48 Creative Commons Treasures of Oxford - Athenian Wine Drinking Cup Sir John Boardman talks about a wine drinking cup made in Ancient Athens; he also talks about what we can learn from it about Ancient Greek culture and the kind of lifestyle the Greeks had. John Boardman 11 Mar 2010
49 Creative Commons Introduction to Art of the Ancient World Donna Kurtz and Sir John Boardman talk about Sir John's life, his career and experiences as a classical scholar and also the relationship works of art from different cultures around the ancient world have with one another. John Boardman, Donna Kurtz 11 Mar 2010
50 Creative Commons Research in Classical Archaeology Discussion between Sir John Boardman and Donna Kurtz on the subject of being classical archaeology researchers and academics and some of the challenges and opportunities they face. John Boardman, Donna Kurtz 11 Mar 2010
51 Creative Commons Is Tragedy still Alive? Discussion on whether tragedy still exists in modern culture, whether in films, modern theatre or and other creative arts. Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
52 Creative Commons Does Tragedy Teach? Third dialogue on the nature of tragedy where they talk about whether tragic theatre teaches people, and if it does, how and what does it teach? Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
53 Creative Commons What does Tragedy do for People? A discussion of what the use of tragedy is, and whether the emotional experience of tragic theatre is simply a passing thrill or a vital part of life. Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
54 Creative Commons Defining Tragedy First dialogue between Oliver Taplin and Joshua Billings on tragedy: they discuss what 'tragedy' means, from its origins in Greek culture to philosophical notions of what tragedy and tragic drama are. Oliver Taplin, Joshua Billings 01 Mar 2010
55 Creative Commons Adapting Greek Tragedy Fiona Macintosh talks with distinguished playwright Frank McGuinness about his work in adapting Greek tragedies for modern theatre, particularly Antigone and The Medea. Fiona Macintosh, Frank McGuinness 28 Jan 2010
56 Reception of Classical Literature in the 20th Century Dr Fiona Macintosh gives a lecture on the classical literature and its reception in the 20th Century. In particular, the Odyssey, the Medea and Oedipus Rex. Part of the OxBridge Classics Conference for Schools. Fiona Macintosh 22 Apr 2009
57 Roman Comedy: A funny thing happened... Peter Brown gives his lecture on Roman Comedy. Part of the OxBridge Classics Conference for Schools lecture series. Peter Brown 22 Apr 2009
58 Oliver Taplin on Classics Professor Oliver Taplin, an authority on classics and the performance of ancient drama, talks about the subject and his research. Oliver Taplin, Oliver Lewis 22 Apr 2009