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Classics research

Research in classics and ancient history at Birkbeck has particular strengths in ancient political and ethical thought, citizenship and migration, Greek and Latin prose literature and the reception of Greek and Roman antiquity in later periods.

Birkbeck is known for its collaborative approach to research, so specialists in the study of the ancient Greek and Roman worlds benefit hugely from collaboration with colleagues in philosophy, art history, archaeology and the history of later periods, to bring new insights on ancient societies. They also benefit from Birkbeck's close proximity to the British Museum’s extraordinary collection of Greek and Roman antiquities and to the world-leading library resources of the Institute of Classical Studies.

Birkbeck was ranked in the top eight universities in the UK for its History, Classics and Archaeology research in the 2021 Research Excellence Framework.


Key Research Centres

Affiliated and external research centres

Research projects

We have a vibrant culture of organising and leading medium and large team-research projects, including postdocs and PhDs. Here is a selection of our current and recent team projects.

In addition to the projects prominently highlighted, we also have past and current projects without a digital presence, including: CBT in Britain: The State, Welfare and the Individual since 1948; Connecting Three Worlds: Socialism, Medicine and Global Health after World War II; and Making and Remaking the Jewish East End: Space, Language and Time.