Detail from black and white photograph of female dancers choreographed by Margaret Morris © Fred Daniels Estate
Mask designs by Abd'Elkader Farrah for Oedipus Rex, 1960
The Story Of Orestes, 1886: illustration depicting Clytemnestra's ghost and the Furies
Framed costume design sketches hanging on a wall at the APGRD's Oresteia Exhibition, 2011


The Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama (the APGRD) is a research project based in the Classics Faculty at the University of Oxford. It investigates the performance of ancient texts from Greek tragedy to Roman epic, in any medium and any period, 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 twenty years and is a pioneer in classical performance reception - see details of our publications here.

For more information visit the About Us section; or to explore our archives and production databases go to Research Collections.


Receptions and Comparatisms - Research Seminar 2021

Poster for the APGRD Research Seminar 2021, linking to the event pageThis seminar series (Mondays, 5pm UK time, 11 Oct. to 29 Nov.) brings together international scholars from Classics and Comparative Literature each week to engender cross-disciplinary reflection on some of the most pressing intellectual concerns within the Humanities. Classics and Comparative Literature as disciplines have undergone radical changes in the academy in recent years, but not always as a result of sustained dialogue between the two constituencies. This series seeks to promote such a dialogue. Read full details plus how to register for the seminars >>

Public Events Michaelmas term 2021

As the Ioannou Centre begins to reopen to visitors, our events this term will be a mix of in-person, pre-recorded, and live-streamed talks. We will provide online access to, or recordings of, the in-person events. To comply with Covid regulations, places at the in-person events will be limited and booking will be essential (but free). Please see the individual event pages for details >>

The British American Drama Academy's new summer programme 2022

BADA's new Greek Theatre Program (3 June to 1 July 2022) combines theory and practice, with the first two weeks of the course spent in London before travelling to Greece for nine days and then returning to the UK for a final six-day residency at the APGRD in Oxford. Its interdisciplinary model means it is suitable for students and theatre practitioners at various stages of their careers. For further information, visit the BADA website >>


Read the APGRD's current Newsletter (No.30 Autumn 2021) for an update on our research, publications, and upcoming events. See our Newsletters page for past issues and an accessible word.doc version.