Research within the School of Classics covers the study of classical antiquity, its history, culture, economy, trade, languages and literature. Deeply ingrained in our heritage our research also explores their enduring influences on contemporary culture and life.
Research is organised around four key strands: i) Narrative, ii) Rome and the West, iii) Economy and Materiality, and iv) the Ancient Near East. The cluster’s strengths in these areas have been informed by the University’s key strategic priorities around issues of cultural heritage and languages. These are priorities for knowledge transfer with stakeholders such as museums, heritage and cultural tourism agencies with whom we work, such as the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, the Cyfarthfa Castle Museum, the National Library of Wales, the Cypriot Department of Antiquities. Detailed information can be found on each research theme and researchers below.
This strand encompasses research on narratological concerns and a variety of narrative forms. Research continues to build upon the foundations laid by KYKNOS, the Swansea and Lampeter Centre for Research on the Narrative Literatures of the Ancient World, which was founded in 2004. Research includes the following areas:
The cluster has continued to develop its strong research strand in Roman history; this has recently been augmented by the appointment of three Roman historians (Cobb, Draycott, Häussler). Research in the cluster is focused on the following main areas:
Interdisciplinary research in the areas of economy, trade and materiality. The cluster has had a long standing interest in the following areas:
This strand brings together those engaged in the disciplines of archaeology, ancient history, and Egyptology.
- Exploring a Rural Community in Late Bronze Age Cyprus
- The Seleucid Study Network
- Health and Environment in the Ancient World
- Roman mercantile interaction with India, the Southern Arabian peninsula and the East Africa coast
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