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.


Interactive/Multimedia e-books

The APGRD is delighted to have 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.


Lyric and Lyricism conference, 16 September 2016

A one day conference, with performances, in collaboration with Ertegun House and with generous support from The Oxford Song Network (TORCH)
For more details on the line-up and information about registration, please see the Lyric and Lyricism event page.





Call for Papers: AMPRAW, deadline 2 September 2016

The Sixth Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World (AMPRAW) will be held this year at the University of Oxford (12th to 13th December 2016). The APGRD is delighted to support this interdisciplinary conference exploring the impact of the classical world in literature, art, music, history, drama and popular culture. The Call for Papers can be found here


Upcoming APGRD Seminar Series 2016: Reception and World Literature

Co-convened by Constanze Güthenke and Justine McConnell

For details and the full line-up of speakers please go the Reception and World Literature event page