The APGRD is a research project based in the Classics Centre at the University of Oxford. It investigates the performance of ancient texts in any medium and any period, from Greek tragedy to Roman epic, from stage to screen, from antiquity to the present day.

A world-renowned international research centre, the APGRD has been at the forefront of classical reception studies for over fifteen years and is a pioneer in classical performance reception. For more information visit the About us section, or to learn about our archives and resources visit Research collections.


Peter Brown

We are very sad to announce the death of our dear friend and colleague, Peter Brown (Trinity College), who wisely and unstintingly guided and supported the APGRD from the early days of the project until death on 30 November. We remain indebted to Peter not just for his leadership of the APGRD's research into opera and music but also for his key role on our Advisory Board where his wit, warmth and enormous generosity of spirit was always in evidence and ever appreciated by us all. Peter’s memory will be honoured at Trinity College, Oxford on Friday 21 December.

Epic Performances: From the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Book cover of Epic PerformancesWe are delighted to announce the publication of Epic Performances: From the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century, edited by Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward. Find more information about the volume on the Oxford University Press website.

The editors were joined by expert respondents Oliver Taplin, Olga Taxidou (Edinburgh) and Sarah Whatley (Coventry) at TORCH's Book at Lunchtime in February 2019. You can now watch a video podcast of their discussion:


The latest edition of the APGRD's newsletter is available to download, containing news from the archive, as well as details of upcoming events and publications. Read it here

Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments)

Choreographer and dance-artist Marie-Louise Crawley spent six months  as Artist in Residence from January to June 2017, as part of the APGRD's Performing Epic project. During her residency, Marie-Louise developed a solo, masked, ancient pantomime-inspired, site-specific dance piece, Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) for the gallery spaces in the Ashmolean. Based on four female figures from Ovid’s Metamorphoses - Galatea, Myrrha, Philomel and Medusa - Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) has been performed on numerous occasions in the Museum. A full film version is now available.

A new blog

The APGRD have recently launched a new blog, written by our graduates and early career researchers and aimed at sharing some of the stories from the archives with those of you who are not able to come and visit. As well as our 'The Archive in 100 Objects' project, the blog features guests posts by APGRD board members and other researchers, as well as practitioners' views. Read the latest post.

Interactive/Multimedia ebooks

The APGRD received an AHRC Follow-On Funding Award  to produce two interactive/multimedia ebooks.

The ebooks, on the performance histories of Medea and Agamemnon, draw on our existing published research, considerably enhanced by our photographic, audio and video archival material as well as newly commissioned interviews and performances from scholars and theatre practitioners.  

The ebooks are free to download and are available either as an iBook for Apple or as an EPUB for all other devices. Visit Medea, a performance history for more information and to download the first book.