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.



Epic Performances: From the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century

Book cover of Epic PerformancesWe are delighted to announce the publication of 'Epic Performances: From the Middle Ages into the Twenty-First Century', edited by Fiona Macintosh, Justine McConnell, Stephen Harrison and Claire Kenward. There will be a book launch at 6.30pm on Friday 14th December in St Hilda's College. For more information on the volume from the Oxford University Press website, please click here

Conference Announcement

On Friday 14th December there will be a conference on 'Translating Greek Tragedy in Sixteenth Century Europe', co-organised by the APGRD, La Réunion and St Hilda's College, Oxford. For more information please click here




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. To read it, click here

Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments)

Choreographer and dance-artist Marie-Louise Crawley spent six months  as Artist in Residence from January to June 2017, as part of the APGRD's Performing Epic project. During her residency, Marie-Louise developed a solo, masked, ancient pantomime-inspired, site-specific dance piece, Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) for the gallery spaces in the Ashmolean. Based on four female figures from Ovid’s Metamorphoses - Galatea, Myrrha, Philomel and Medusa - Likely Terpsichore? (Fragments) has been performed on numerous occasions in the Museum. The full fill version will be available shortly, and you can view the trailer below:

A new blog

The APGRD have recently launched a new blog, written by our graduates and early career researchers and aimed at sharing some of the stories from the archives with those of you who are not able to come and visit. As well as our 'The Archive in 100 Objects' project, the blog features guests posts by APGRD board members and other researchers, as well as practitioners' views. Click here to read the latest post.

Interactive/Multimedia e-books

The APGRD 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.