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.


Call for Papers : 17th Annual Joint Postgraduate Symposium

The 17th Annual APGRD / RHUL Joint Postgraduate Symposium on the Performance of Ancient Drama will take place on Monday 26 June (at the Ioannou Centre, University of Oxford) and Tuesday 27 June (at Royal Holloway, Egham). This year’s theme will be: ‘movement and limits in the theory and practice of ancient drama.’ Abstracts of papers should be sent by 31 March 2017. Follow this link for the full Call For Papers 


APGRD Free Public Lectures 2017

We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming theatre director Wayne Jordan to discuss his acclaimed 2015 version of Sophocles' Oedipus on Monday 27 February at 2.15pm, and the Institute of Classical Studies' Webster Fellow 2016-17, Professor Karen Bassi on Monday 15 May at 2.15pm.

Silent Cinema and the Classics : Friday 10 March, 5.30pm

Curated by Pantelis Michelakis (Bristol).

Free, everyone welcome.

Two films, Purity (1916) and L' Esclave de Phidias (1917), will be screened with a live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne (BFI). A panel discussion will follow. See the event page for further details.



Interactive/Multimedia e-books

The APGRD is delighted to have received an AHRC Follow-On Funding Award  to produce two interactive/multimedia e-books.

The e-books, 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 Mac or as an ebook for all other devices. Visit Medea, a performance history for more information and to download the first book.