About this Group

Our investigations into the later cultural, social and political significance of Classical antiquity arise organically from research specialisms in Greek and Roman literature and society (see also Literary Cultures of the Ancient World).  Whether (for example) examining the intersection of ancient Latin and early modern English poetry, exploring the dynamics of Plutarch’s biographies within 19th-century Russian intellectual and political culture, tracing networks of Virgilian imagery in 19th-century European exploration narratives, or interrogating the audiovisual presentation of ancient history on television, we share a focus on the transition and transformation of ancient texts, images, artefacts, narratives and ideas into new forms and contexts.  The theme of heroism in particular underscores much of our work.  Archaeology features prominently in projects around Liverpool’s museum history and historical landscapes, locating our research within the University’s Heritage theme.



Our Group collaborates closely with the University’s Eighteenth-Century Worlds Research Group and the Faculty research cluster on ‘Adaptation & Renewal’ (co-chaired by Fiona Hobden).

We also host joint events with the Liverpool Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.



Dr Phil Freeman,

Prof Bruce Gibson,

Dr Fiona Hobden,

Dr Frederick Jones,

Dr Marco Perale,

Dr Alexei Zadorozhny