Research projects

A small selection of the research projects we are involved in.


This project seeks to examine in tandem, with equal focus on structural parallels and divergences, the conscious revival and subsequent dialectics of classicising learning in middle and later Byzantium (c.800–1350) and Tang/Song China (618–1279).

​​​​​​​Honour in Classical Greece

​​​​​​​'Honour in Classical Greece: esteem, status, identity, and society in ancient Greek literature, life, and thought' is a Horizon 2020-EU.1.1 Excellent Science project funded by the European Research Council. This five-year project will run from 2018 to 2022. 

Earthen Empire: Earth and turf building in the Roman North-West

Earthen Empire: Earth and Turf Building in the Roman North-West was a Leverhulme-funded research project directed by Professor Ben Russell (Classics) and Dr Chris Beckett (Engineering), which explored earthed building traditions in the Roman North.


The Aeclanum excavations are a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Apolline Project and are directed by Dr Ben Russell and Dr Girolamo F. De Simone.

Cambridge History of Later Latin Literature

This project aims to consolidate the scholarly gains of previous generations on later Latin literature, but also to ask new questions and invite new directions for the future. (Published 5 June 2017)

Enslaved Childhoods: Redefining Roman Slavery

This three year project, led by Dr Ulrike Roth, explores the role of child slavery in the Roman world, testing the hypothesis that Roman slavery was largely child slavery.

A History of Distributed Cognition

A 3 year project, funded by the AHRC, exploring historical expressions of the philosophical notion that cognition is distributed across brain, body and world.

Academic Network on Sidonius Apollinaris

An International Network, hosted by the School of History, Classics & Archaeology, is working towards a comprehensive commentary on the works of the 5th-century Gallo-Roman poet and letter-writer Sidonius Apollinaris.

In Search of Late Antique Popular Culture

This project sets out to investigate popular culture in Late Antiquity, focusing largely on the Latin West.

The Vagnari Project

This project is an archaeological excavation and field survey in South Italy.

Iran's ancient frontier walls

Prof Eberhard Sauer has been exploring Northern Iran’s late antique frontier walls since 2005.