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Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome

The Centre for the Reception of Greece and Rome was set up in 2007 in recognition of the continuing vitality of all aspects of classical antiquity right up to the present day. The Centre brings together interests among members of staff and postgraduate students in many departments and disciplines across Royal Holloway. The Centre’s focus is on the political, philosophical and literary bridges between the contemporary world and Mediterranean antiquity. The Centre also acts as a platform for the development of new individual, collaborative, and interdisciplinary projects

Thinking about the heritage of Greece and Roman has been constitutive of virtually every area of modern life: literature, drama, political theory, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, art, music, architecture, the military, government, gender, gay rights, post-colonialism, civil rights, medicine, engineering, entertainment, theatre, cinema and sport.

Current research in the centre has two main strands - classics in popular culture, and classics in contemporary thought. Many members of staff in the department have an interest in reception; our broader interests range from political and literary philosophy, urbanism, literary receptions, science fictions, and popular culture. 

The Centre's Directors are Dr. Liz Gloyn and Dr. Efi Spentzou. The Centre hosts our current graduate students whose work is associated with the reception of the classical world. The Centre offers a Masters by Research in Classical Reception for those wishing to explore this subject at the PGT level.

Major current projects include:

  • The City in the City - Prof. Richard Alston
  • Classical monsters in popular culture - Dr. Liz Gloyn
  • Archaeology and Comics – Dr Zena Kamash, with Dr Leen van Broeck and Dr Katy Soar
  • Heritage, crafting and well-being in post-conflict contexts – Dr Zena Kamash
  • Classicists, psychical research and the paranormal - Dr. Nick Lowe
  • The modern Greek novel and the Classical tradition - Dr. Efi Spentzou
  • Rewritings of Eurydice - Dr. Efi Spentzou

You can find out more about members of the Centre, including details of their latest publications, on their individual profile pages:

You can find more details about the Centre's upcoming events below.

Biographies to come - watch this space!

The Centre directors are currently planning the 2019-20 seminar series - watch this space for more details. 

Professor Richard Alston and Dr. Siobhan Chomse will be taking part in the conference Germanicus to mark the anniversary of his death on Saturday 12th October. 

In 2018-19, the Centre ran a Celebration of the Centre  for the Reception of Greece and Rome attended by academics, alumni, students and other interested members of the public. We hosted an exciting seminar series, featuring Yun Lee Too, Margaret Malamud and Martin Revermann. In June 2019 the Centre also co-organised a Wikipedia Workshop, Rediscovering the Women of Royal Holloway and Bedford College, with the Bedford Centre and the sponsorship of Royal Holloway's RoWaN network. Members of the Centre were involved in Drawing on the Past – The Pre-modern World in ComicsHeidegger and the Classics and Tacitus For The Twenty-First Century: An Interdisciplinary Workshop

Previous research events held under the auspices of the Centre include discussions of modern painter Cy Twombly and Antiquity; readings by poet and playwright Tony Harrison (Artist in Residence, RHUL, 2011); a conference on Civilisational Collapse at the British Library; the conference Eight Years in Babylon: The Iraq War and the ClassicsClassics and Class (at the British Academy); Ancient Aesthetics and Social Class; a conference on Antiquity and the Ruin in Paris; The Classics and France; Derrida and the ClassicsPsychogeographies in Latin LiteratureClassics and New Faces of Feminism; Poetics of War; and Women Writing the Classics.


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