Welcome to the Learning section. Here you will find a wide range of articles and resources 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 an in depth study on the performance history of Euripides’ Medea, enriched and illustrated by digitised archive items, video clips, audio interviews and more, you can download the first of our interactive, multimedia ebooks.

There is also a wide range of material available elsewhere on the web. For a guide to the pick of the best sites, visit our online resources section.

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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.
The usual assumption is that the actors of Greek tragedy were romping around the stage in sandals and togas...and many modern productions reverently bring out the draped bedsheets! But in fact the original costumes were not so minimalist in colour, design or symbolism.

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