Institute of Classical Studies

David W. J. Gill
April 4, 2011
‘...what we wanted was to connect ourselves directly with the heart of Hellenic culture so that its very lifeblood might flow through our veins, and this we should gain by the establishment of the school at Athens’(J.B. Lightfoot, Bishop of Durham)The British School at Athens opened in 1886 ‘to promote all researches and studies’ which could ‘advance the knowledge of Hellenic history, literature, and art from the earliest age to the present day’. Over the next 30 years the School initiated a major programme of excavations, initially on Cyprus, then at Megalopolis, on Melos, and at Sparta. School students took part in the work of the Cretan Exploration Fund and in the major regional surveys of the Asia Minor Exploration Fund.Most of the...
Edited by Brian R. Hartley and Brenda M. Dickinson
April 4, 2011
Names on Terra Sigillata, the product of 40 years of study, records over 5,000 names and some 300,000 stamps and signatures on Terra Sigillata (samian ware) manufactured in the 1st to the 3rd centuries AD in Gaul, the German provinces and Britain.To be published in 10 volumes, the work has been supported by the British Academy and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the University of Leeds and the University of Reading, and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum. This is the first catalogue of its type to appear since Felix Oswald’s Index of Potters’ Stamps on Terra Sigillata (‘Samian Ware’), published in 1931. The importance of samian as a tool for dating archaeological contexts and the vast increase in samian...
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Edited by P Mack and John North
November 29, 2017
From his own middle age onwards, Virgil has been revered as perhaps the greatest poet of the Latin language. Moreover, no classical Latin author has a more continuous history of copying, study, and imitation than Virgil. He has been centrally important to the transmission of the classical tradition, and has played a unique role in European education. It was as a contribution to the richness of his reception that one of the first conferences in the joint Warburg Institute and Institute of Classical Studies series on the afterlife of the Classics was devoted to the afterlife of Virgil, on 8-9 May 2014. This volume publishes papers from that conference: they range in time from Petrarch to eighteenth-century Eastern Europe,...
Edited by Lori-ann Touchette
October 10, 1995
Edited by John Davison, Frances Muecke, and Peter Wilson
March 31, 2006
This volume vividly demonstrates the richness and wide scope of contemporary engagement with Greek drama in scholarship and performance.Key studies of the interaction between performance, politics and society range from the detection of Sophocles' infiltration of the culture through different kinds of evidence B not a linear narrative but a 'mosaic' B to modern performance in South Africa. Gender issues explored include Euripides' interest in female experience, especially the subjection of young women to male violence, and a study of representations in tragedy of homosexuality and pederasty.The role of drama, both tragedy and comedy, in the creation of Athenian identity includes a review of the way that dramatists used the Trojan War to...
Edited by William D. Furley
April 30, 2015
Menander set Perikeiromene, or the ‘Woman with shorn head’ in Corinth, famous for its beautiful women, at a time when the city's troubles were at their height owing to the Macedonian conquest of Greece. The story reflects in miniature some of the turbulence of the times. A mercenary soldier Polemon returns home from service to discover, as he thinks, that his girl, Glykera, has found another lover. In a fit of jealous rage he shears off her hair and goes off to drown his sorrows with companions. Glykera promptly moves out from Polemon's house to the neighbour's house, in which her purported new lover Moschion lives. But all is not as it seems...Typically for the genre of New Comedy, Menander takes his characters to the brink in this lively...
Edited by M.H. Crawford
January 2, 2012
Imagines Italicae, edited by M. H. Crawford and colleagues, is the outcome of a research project based in the combined library of the Hellenic and Roman Societies and of the Institute, beginning in 2002 and initially supported by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council.  The empire created by Rome underlies many of the structures of modern Europe, and that empire in turn was in its early stages the joint creation of Rome and the other peoples of Italy. Almost the only records left by those peoples themselves consist of the texts they inscribed and the coinages they produced. Imagines Italicae provides for the first time a complete corpus of those texts which are in one or other of the Italic languages, accompanied by photographs...
Edited by Michael Fulford and Emma Durham
October 4, 2013
Mass produced at a variety of locations, principally in Gaul and Germany, between the beginning of the first century and the mid third century CE, Gallo-Roman terra sigillata was consumed in very large quantities across the western provinces of the Roman Empire.The large number of records – over 425,000 – now published inNames on Terra Sigillata – the potters, their individual name dies, the associated forms, and the numbers recovered from find  sites – have provided an international resource for fresh, quantitatively-based approaches to the study of terra sigillata, as presented here in Seeing Red.Twenty-six essays by leading international scholars in the field cover a range of themes including: the organization of...
Edited by John North and Peter Mack
December 20, 2017
Plutarch has been widely admired from the time of writing to the present day. Many of his works have survived and have been endlessly reproduced. They have had a powerful influence on famous writers, thinkers, and artists. This volume publishes papers delivered at a conference on the ‘Afterlife of Plutarch’, which was among the first in the joint Warburg Institute and Institute of Classical Studies series on the afterlife of the Classics. Ranging from Syriac, Byzantine, and Renaissance interest in Plutarch, they also explore his remarkable popularity and influence from the sixteenth through to the nineteenth century, as well as the decline of his reputation as a major historical authority which preceded the recent resurgence of...
Edited by Vassiliki Kampourelli
July 14, 2016
This book presents a critical application of semiotic models to Greek tragic space. It thus reappraises certain aspects of the tragic texts themselves by illuminating the semantics of space, that is, the ways in which space may contribute to the creation of meaning. After the formulation of a working model appropriate to the examination of space in Greek tragedy, an analysis of the proposed categories of tragic space follows. The architectural space of tragedy is then examined with particular reference to the ways in which it finds expression in the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens. Drawing widely on the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripedes, the focus turns to the interactions between the proposed categories of tragic space.

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