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from c.1970 to the Present


The Project
About the project

Project Publications
(including Archived Conference papers)

Specialist Bibliography
Masks Workshop Video

Critical Essays

New Voices
Practitioners' Voices

2010 Conference

A Democratic Turn


2009 Democratic Turn Eseminar

1998-2008 Archived topics

Drama Database
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Poetry Database

(pilot v. 1)
An Introduction

Case Study 1:
Michael Longley

Case Study 2:
Eavan Boland and
Olga Broumas

Database Pilot Sample:
Eavan Boland
Olga Broumas
Ted Hughes
Michael Longley

Classical historiography, ideas and material culture
Exhibiting Democracy

Classical Reception Studies Network


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Welcome to Classical Receptions in Late Twentieth-Century Drama and Poetry in English project site. This project has been established to document and analyse the theatrical and literary surge of interest in Greek texts and drama which is a phenomenon of the late twentieth century.

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Classics in the Modern World  - book coverRecent Publication

Lorna Hardwick and Stephen Harrison, eds., 2013, Classics in the Modern World: A 'Democratic Turn'?, Oxford: Oxford University Press (Classical Presences Series), 477 pp.

Following the 2010 international conference this edited collection has been published to present critical scrutiny of the idea of a 'democratic turn' in modern perceptions of ancient Greece and Rome. It examines how Greek and Roman material has been intertwined with issues of democracy, both in political culture and in the diffusion of classics in the arts and popular media. The contents are also available to subscribers to Oxford Scholarship Online.

Project Staff

Dr. Edward Hadley (Consultant)
Rosemary Wilkinson (Consultant)

Summary of Recent Project News

Modern productions and ancient classical plays
The first phase of our project documents modern productions of ancient plays and the processes associated with the creation of the performances (use menu on the left to access the database of performances and critical essays).

The Classical Texts and Modern Poetry
The second phase of our project investigates the relationship between classical material and modern poetry (c. 1970 to 2005). An Introduction, Case Study One, and Database pilot samples Michael Longley and Ted Hughes documented by Lorna Hardwick), are already available on the Project site. Rosemary Wilkinson, a research consultant to the Project, has documented two female poets, Eavan Boland and Olga Broumas (use menu on the left to access the database pilot samples).


This website was last updated: May 2016