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.

Ars Longa winners

We are delighted to announce the winners of the Ars Longa Prize (2013), for an Essay to mark the bi-centenary of Wagner's birth on the theme of the operas of Wagner and Greek tragedy:
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. 


Oscar Wilde and the Classics Colloquium

Colloquium to mark the 160th anniversary of Wilde's birth. More information is available here.

14th annual Postgraduate Symposium, 30 June-1 July


We are delighted to announce the Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Greek and Roman Drama, organised by the APGRD, University of Oxford, and the University of London. This two-day event will take place on Monday 30th June at the Royal Central School of Speech & Drama (University of London) and Tuesday 1st July at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies (Oxford University). The call for papers is now open. Please find more information here.

Trackers of Oxyrhynchus' choruses performed

At an APGRD event celebrating the 25th anniversary of Tony Harrison's Trackers of Oxyrhynchus, three original cast members re-created two choruses from the production.

Both performed by Colin Campbell, Conrad Nelson, and Lawrence Evans (choreography/laktismography)

Jonathan Kent in conversation

On 21 October 2013, theatre and opera director, Jonathan Kent, appeared at the APGRD in conversation with Fiona Macintosh, talking specifically about his work with Greek drama. A podcast of the event is available here: http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/jonathan-kent-conversation-fiona-macintosh

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.