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Greek and Latin texts

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Research in Greek and Latin texts includes work in all the main genres (epic, lyric, comedy, tragedy, historiography and philosophical texts) and includes philological and textual analysis as well as the relationship between texts and social and cultural contexts. We welcome applications in any area corresponding with current staff interests: these include Greek comedy and humour studies; Greek epic and its reception; Greek tragedy; Greek historiography; ancient medical texts; Latin poetry and Augustan literature; and digital classics.

If you would like to join us as a full- or part-time research student please contact the Department of Classical Studies for an informal preliminary discussion. A well thought-out research proposal which sets out specific research questions and your strategies for addressing them will enhance your chances of admission. We are always glad to offer advice before application (for example on how your project might enhance existing work in the field; what facilities you would need; what ancient and/or modern language ability you need for your project; and how you could participate in the department’s research culture and engage with students in other universities).

Qualifications available:

PhD or MPhil


For detailed information on current fees visit Fees and funding.

Entry requirements:

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Potential research projects

  • Greek epic, including Homer, Hesiod and the epic cycle
  • Greek comedy and humour studies
  • Greek tragedy and cultural history
  • Greek and Roman historiography
  • Ancient medicine
  • Latin poetry and Augustan literature

Current / recent research projects

  • Audience response to the Chorus in Sophocles
  • The role of children in Greek tragedy
  • Tragic Apollo in fifth-century Athens: text, performance and context
  • Examining the Ideal in Tibullus
  • Classical representations of Crete
  • Individual responsibility and the culture of blame surrounding infertility in ancient medical texts

Further information

If you have an enquiry specific to this research area please contact:

Dr Ursula Rothe
+44 (0)1908 653247

For general enquiries please contact the Research Degrees Team via the link under ‘Your questions’ on the right of the page.