Research course

Digital and Spatial Classics

Open University · Department of Classical Studies

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

Digital Classics is a rapidly growing discipline at the OU with connections across Arts, as well as to a wide range of international higher educational institutions. With external funding from various government agencies and commercial bodies, and collaborating with major international partners, the Digital Classics research group has been instrumental in building transferable tools and establishing a set of international standards for exploring and visualising the ancient world online. Challenging the prevailing cartographic vision of places as dots on a map, the Hestia project uses digital tools to visualise and question the ways in which geographic space is organised in Herodotus’s Histories. The Google Ancient Places (GAP) project has built an innovative web platform for reading texts spatially. The Pelagios network links data from international archives and museums in creating a world wide web of antiquity. These technologies are transforming the cultural capital of the ancient world online, the way that information about the ancient world is found and can be used, and how the past is conceived.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    72 months
      full time
      36 months
      • MPhil
        part time
        24 months
          full time
          15 months

          Course contact details

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