Research course

Ancient and Modern Receptions of Antiquity

Open University · Department of Classical Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

The ancient world has never gone away. Research into ancient and modern receptions of antiquity focuses on how the texts, images and ideas of Greek and/or Roman culture have been transmitted, adapted, rewritten and appropriated in a range of ancient and modern cultures. The Department of Classical Studies has long been a pioneer of this kind of research, and the expertise of its current staff spans a wide range of topics, including classics and popular culture; the reception of ancient medicine, modern receptions of ancient visual culture, and translations and adaptations of classical poems and plays. Applications for projects in any area that corresponds to the research interests of one or more members of staff are welcome; interaction with the department’s other research clusters is also encouraged.

If you would like to join us as a full- or part-time research student, please contact the department for an informal preliminary discussion. A well thought-out research proposal which sets out specific research questions and your strategies for addressing them, and which outlines the originality of your topic or approach, 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).

Potential research projects

  • Classics and popular culture
  • Classical translations and adaptations
  • Reception of Greek and Roman medicine
  • Reception of Greek and Roman art
  • Reception of Greek and Latin drama and poetry

Current/recent research projects

  • The reception of Catullus in the Romantic era
  • What’s Hecuba to him, or he to her? RSC productions of classical drama
  • Reception of Euripides’ Hippolytus from 1700 to the present
  • Oscar Wilde and the classical feminine
  • Myth in reception at Stourhead
  • The depiction of slavery in ancient world TV drama

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

Please see The Open University website for more information.

Qualification and course duration


distance learning
variable months
part time
72 months
full time
36 months


distance learning
variable months
full time
15 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

+44 (0)1908 653247