Welcome to the Learning section. Here you will find a wide range of articles to help you learn more about ancient drama and epic, its performance and its reception. Our articles are written by experts and aimed at a wide range of readers.

If you are new to the study of the ancient world, or of classical reception, we suggest that you start with our Introductions to... series. If you're keen to learn more about a wide range of specialist topics, have a look at our Short Guides

For in depth studies on the performance histories of Euripides’ Medea and Aeschylus' Agamemnon - enriched and illustrated by digitised archive items, video clips, audio interviews and more - check out our interactive/multimedia ebooks in the Digital Resources section.

There is also a wide range of material available elsewhere on the web. For a guide to the pick of the best sites, visit the Useful Links page in our Digital Resources Section.

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Aristophanes remains a semi-canonical playwright, even if his plays still have the potential to satirise and provoke.
As well as being responsible for the safe-keeping of their collections, archives are also important in terms of enabling access to and promoting interest in the material they hold.
Stephe Harrop considers the walking, talking, breathing, sweating bodies of actors on stage.

Latest short guides

Ancient Pantomime

Alessandra Zanobi explores the role of ancient pantomime on the modern stage.

Ireland and the Classics

Arabella Currie looks at the rich history of Irish engagement with the Classics.

Postcolonialism and Classics

Justine McConnell discusses the complex relationship between Classics and postcolonial writing.

Reception of Senecan Tragedy

Helen Slaney explores the ways in which Seneca's plays have been rediscovered by modern audiences.

School and University Productions

Clare Foster looks at the development of ancient plays on stage in educational institutions