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Faculty of Classics


We are thrilled to be launching Classics Shorts: a series of videos for schools introducing the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and exploring themes with continuing resonance for the modern classroom.  Each film is accompanied by teaching materials for use in schools.

Celebrity guests join Mary Beard and her colleagues to explore modern day classroom themes with a classical spin.

Through ancient Greek drama that still inspires Hollywood A-list actor Rachel Weisz, we uncover the origins of the plays and TV dramas we love today. Comedian Rosie Jones has a lot of say about freedom of speech and cancel culture − but one of the most famous cases of cancelling actually happened over 2,000 years ago to superstar philosopher Socrates. Taskmaster Alex Horne gets a taste of his own medicine when he attempts some tricky techniques for improving his public speaking courtesy of the ancient Greeks, and best-selling author Malorie Blackman helps explore what it means to be a hero − and how classical heroes were often far more complicated than we might think.

The films are available here.

And on the university's YouTube channel.



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Professorship of Ancient History

8 August 2023

The Board of Electors to the Professorship of Ancient History invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information is available at:

Professor Caroline Vout's book 'Exposed' named winner of 2023 London Hellenic Prize

12 June 2023

The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Professor Caroline Vout on her book Exposed being named winner of the 2023 London Hellenic Prize. Further details are available here: