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:
- Prof. Richard Alston
- Dr. Siobhan Chomse - the reception of the Roman emperor in contemporary art and culture
- Dr. Liz Gloyn - classics in popular culture and the history of women in classics
- Dr. Richard Hawley - the history of teaching Classics and classical treatments of gender
- Dr. Zena Kamash - Middle Eastern heritage and archaeology; decolonising Classics; post-conflict reconstruction; archaeological ethics
- Dr. Nick Lowe
- Dr. Efi Spentzou
You can find more details about the Centre's upcoming events below.