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.


'Staging the Archive' Episode 4: Ancient Theatre Around the Black Sea

For this episode, we invited APGRD co-founder Edith Hall along with Rosie Wyles (author and lecturer in Classics) to discuss their latest publication - Ancient Theatre and Performance Culture Around the Black Sea - co-written with David Braund (Exeter). Discover more about an area rich in textual and archaeological evidence of performance culture, despite historically being overlooked in 'western' scholarship. 

The podcast recording and accompanying blog post are available HERE.


COVID-19 Announcement

To protect staff, students and visitors, the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies is currently closed. The APGRD is unable to book any archive appointments until further notice; all upcoming APGRD events should be considered postponed - we shall provide updates closer to the time.

In the meantime, our research projects and publications continue: keep an eye out for new resources on the website and new entries on the APGRD blog.

The APGRD team are working from home, so please feel free to email enquiries to   and we will try to do whatever we can remotely.

During these difficult and uncertain times we'd like to extend our thoughts and sympathy to all; please take care or yourselves and each other.

APGRD interactive/multimedia ebooks

Front cover to Agamemnon, a performance history: Beginnings & Whose Play?We are delighted to announce that the first instalment of our new interactive/multimedia ebook - Agamemnon, a performance history: Beginnings & Whose Play? - can be downloaded for free for Apple devices from Apple Books.*


front cover to Medea, a performance historyResponding to your feedback to our first interactive/multimedia ebook on Euripides' Medea, we have decided to release all our ebooks in instalments of two related chapters. So, alongside Beginnings & Whose Play?, you can also find Medea, a performance history on Apple Books reissued as three quicker-to-download instalments.

The ebooks draw on the unique collection of archival material and research at the APGRD (and beyond); and use images, film, bespoke interviews with creative practitioners and academics, and digital objects to explore the performance histories of Medea and Agamemnon across the globe, from antiquity to the present day. They are designed to appeal to a greater variety of audiences – in schools, universities, the creative industries, and the wider public. You can read all about our AHRC-funded ebook project here.

*EPUB versions for devices other than Apple will follow.

APGRD publications: Performing Epic or Telling Tales 

We are delighted to announce the publication of Performing Epic or Telling Tales, by Fiona Macintosh and Justine McConnell. 

View the volume on the Oxford University Press website here.

This is the second volume to emerge from our Performing Epic project, examining the reception of Greek and Roman epic across all performance genres. Whereas the APGRD volume Epic Performances (2018) examines the vast panoply of epic-inspired material on stage, screen, in opera and dance from the middle ages onwards,  Performing Epic or Telling Tales (2020) focuses less on ‘what' the recent epic turn in the theatre consists of than ‘why’ it seems to be so prevalent. In chapters ranging from spoken word performances to dance, from the use of machines and technology to performances that make space for voices occluded by the ancient epics, Performing Epic or Telling Tales seeks to contextualize and explain the ‘narrative’/storytelling (re-)turn in recent live performances with reference not only to the translation and scholarly histories of the epics, but also to earlier performance traditions and, notably, to recent theoretical debates relating to text-based ‘drama’ and performance-based ‘theatre’.  


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