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Edinburgh’s Department of Classics has in the last two decades become one of the largest, most dynamic, and widest-ranging centres for the discipline in the United Kingdom. Our research and teaching covers all major areas of the discipline: Greek and Latin literature and thought, ancient history, classical art and archaeology, ranging from the beginning of the first millennium BC down to late antiquity and Byzantium. Members of the Department have played a major role in the recent foundation of the Centre for Late Antique, Islamic and Byzantine Studies. Among our many areas of strength are the emotions in ancient Greek literature and thought, Greek and Roman slavery, ancient law in practice, the Latin and Greek literature of late antiquity, and the medieval transmission and reception of the classics; recent fieldwork by Classical archaeologists has included projects in Italy, Turkey, and Georgia. The department has hosted major interdisciplinary research projects including three ERC grants, and success in funding applications has helped develop the careers of many scholars through postdoctoral fellowships and replacement teaching positions; the postgraduate community is large and thriving. As well as many conferences, the department hosts a wide-ranging dynamic and well-attended Classics research seminar, the recently established Byzantine seminar, and the student-run Postgraduate seminar. 

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