The Network for the Interface of Classics and Politics

About Us

Our aim is to investigate the relationship between the ancient world and modern politics and international studies, broadly defined.

The Network adopts an interdisciplinary approach in order to better understand the intersectionality of that relationship, with particular emphasis on methods of political argument, debate, and their impact upon our local, national, and international political environments.


The Network was established in October 2018 by Prof Bruce Gibson (Classics), Dr David Jeffery (Politics), and Dr Andrew S Crines (Politics). Our expertise includes classical oratory, ancient history and ancient historians, British politics, political communication, local government, and quantitative research methods.

We are currently welcoming new members from across the University of Liverpool and other institutions. We welcome all at any career stage, particularly postgraduate researchers and early career scholars. If you are interested, please contact Prof Gibson, Dr Jeffery, or Dr Crines.

Launch Event: NICP Inaugural Lecture with Prof Lord Norton of Louth

The network willl launch on Friday 26 October at the University of Liverpool with a public lecture by Prof Lord Norton of Louth. Lord Norton is a Conservative peer and the world-leading authority on British constitutional issues. His lecture will address how contemporary political figures use classical communicative methods to convince an audience. The event will be chaired by Dr David Jeffery.

The lecture, including a Question & Answer session, will take place at 6pm in the Victoria Gallery & Museum. Admission is free, please register here.