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, to learn about our archives and resources, visit Research collections.

Call for entries: Ars Longa 2014

Following the success of last year's essay competition, the APGRD is delighted to host the Ars Longa Prize (2014). Essays are invited on the theme of the operas of Richard Strauss and Greek drama to mark the 150th anniversary of Strauss's birth.

The maximum length of the essay is 5000 words with footnotes. The best essay will receive a prize of £250 and there will be a runner up award of £100. The judges will be Michael Kennedy, Fiona Macintosh and Michael Silk. The deadline for submission is 6 January 2015 to be sent, with identifying information of the author on a separate sheet, to:

The winning entries for the Ars Longa Prize 2013, marking the bi-centenary of Wagner's birth on the theme of the operas of Wagner and Greek tragedy, are available to read here:

First Prize (£250): Michael Silk, Ingo Gildenhard and Rosemary Barrow, 'Wagner and the Classical Tradition: Ideas and Action'

Second Prize (£100): Richard Seaford, 'Form and Money in Wagner's Ring and Greek Tragedy'

The idea for this prize came from Professor Richard Rose and the funds from the Ars Longa Trust. 


Museum, Archives and Collecting

For a brief history of the APGRD collection in the context of museums, archives and collecting more generally, see Fiona Macintosh's chapter (PDF) in The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History (Cambridge, 2012), eds. D. Wiles and C. Dymkowski. 

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