Bristol has been ranked in the top ten of UK classics departments for research since the current system of assessment began. We are particularly noted for our innovative work on the legacy of classical antiquity and its continued importance for the modern world, having pioneered the field of classical reception in the UK since the 1990s, but also for world-leading research on core themes in classical studies such as Greek tragedy, Latin poetry, ancient historiography and mythology. 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.

Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition

Members of the department are closely involved in this institute, which promotes research into all aspects of Greco-Roman culture from antiquity to the present day.

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Research events

We run a regular research-seminar series and contribute to the Blackwell Lectures series. We also host numerous conferences and other research events for the academic community and the general public.

Beyond the department Detail of Liege statue

Our research feeds into School of Humanities research clusters, and forms part of the overall research strategies of the Faculty of Arts and the Bristol Institute for Research in the Humanities and Arts (BIRTHA).