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.


École Nomade - Théâtre du Soleil in Oxford

Ariane Mnouchkine’s Théâtre du Soleil brings the École Nomade — Travelling School — to Oxford, 14 to 25 September 2015.

We are excited to announce that Ariane Mnouchkine, Europe’s foremost experimental theatre director, and five members of the radical collective Théâtre du Soleil, are bringing their École Nomade to Oxford, at the invitation of Oxford University and the Maison Francaise d’Oxford.

The workshop is open to all - anyone over the age of eighteen is welcome to apply. Please visit our École Nomade page for further details about the travelling school, and how to apply.


Choreographing the Katabasis

Choreographer CATHY MARSTON will be undertaking a week long residency at the APGRD, 1-5 June 2015, with the support of St Hilda's and DANSOX. Working with 2 professional dancers and a group of Oxford scholars, Cathy will spend the week choreographing to the ancient Greek text of Odyssey Book XI.  The aim of this project is to explore how the mythical content of Odysseus’ visit to the underworld (the katabasis) as well as its dactylic hexameter metrical form, can be translated into the medium of dance.

As the culmination of this week's residency there will be a lecture demonstration on June 5th at 5pm in the Lecture Theatre, Classics Centre, in which Marston will discuss her approaches to adapting works of literature into dance performances with APGRD Visiting Scholar Tom Sapsford. Cathy will then also show and discuss the material which she has developed throughout the course of the week with performances from professional dancers Charlotte Broom and Aaron Vickers.


Interactive Multimedia e-books

We are proud to announce the launch of our new research project for 2015: Interactive Multimedia e-books. Sponsored by an AHRC Follow-on Funding award, this project will produce two, freely downloadable, interactive multimedia e-books based on the performance histories of Medea and Agamemnon. The e-books will include different pathways intended to appeal to a greater variety of audiences from across the globe – in schools and universities, in the creative industries, and amongst the wider public. Further details are available on our new project page.


Communicating Ancient Greece and Rome

On 15 December 2014, the second of our two-year training programmes on public engagement - Communicating Ancient Greece and Rome - culminated with the 20 participants (graduates and early career researchers from 12 different UK universities) presenting their professional outreach projects. Generously funded by the AHRC, our trainees have produced a stunning range of programmes which allow new audiences to engage with the Classics. Our Projects Showcase page gives details of all the projects and shows why we are so proud of their achievements.