Classical & Archaeological Studies research
The Department of Classical & Archaeological Studies (CLAS) at Kent has a distinctive and broadly conceived research culture that encompasses two main research areas: Classics and Byzantine Studies; Ancient History and Classical Archaeology. Topics of particular research interest that are shared across these two areas include late antiquity, early Christianity, Rome, medical humanities, and reception studies. Much of the research in the Department is interdisciplinary in nature, and staff are committed to the pioneering of new approaches and new methodologies. The Department runs a regular programme of research events - including public lectures, seminar series, and reading groups - as well as hosting two research centres: the Centre for Heritage and the Centre for Late Antique Archaeology. The Department's research has achieved significant impact beyond academia, with 100% of its impact work having been graded as world-leading/internationally excellent in REF2014.
Classics, Byzantine Studies, and Reception
The Department's Classics, Byzantine Studies and Reception research includes work on late antiquity, Latin literature, medical humanities, and reception studies, and is distinguished by its interdisciplinarity. This research group has strong intellectual links with the research being undertaken in other departments within the School of European Culture and Languages, especially Philosophy and Religious Studies. Research in this area includes the work of the following staff:
- Anne Alwis is a Byzantinist who has published texts, translations, and interpretive essays on the lives of female saints.
- Patricia Baker has developed new perspectives on the archaeology and textual evidence of medicine in the Roman Empire, which are reflected in her recent monograph on the subject and in numerous articles.
- Efrosyni Boutsikas has developed new approaches to the study of temples and sanctuaries in relation to ancient astronomy. In so doing, she has generated a new understanding of the city at night, and her publications have set a new research agenda for the subject.
- Csaba La’da is an expert on papyrology and has published both literary and documentary papyri, principally held by the Austrian National Library in Vienna.
- Dunstan Lowe is both an expert in Latin literature and a pioneer in the study of the reception of antiquity within computer games and popular culture.
- Kelli Rudolph’s research is focused on classical Greek literature and philosophy, in particular the interrelationships between literature and philosophy, and between philosophy and medicine.
- Rosie Wyles has research interests in Greek and Roman performance arts, costume, reception within antiquity and beyond it, and gender.