Department of Drama and Theatre,
Royal Holloway, University of London and
Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama,
University of Oxford

4th Annual Postgraduate Symposium on Ancient Drama:
Adaptations of Ancient Greek Drama
Call for Papers

We are happy to announce that the Fourth Annual Postgraduate Symposium is being organised by the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London and the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford. This two-day event will take place this year on Thursday, 17 June, at Royal Holloway, Egham and Friday, 18 June at the Classics Centre, Oxford.

About the Symposium

The Annual Postgraduate Symposium focuses on the reception of ancient Greek drama, emphasizing the vivid afterlife of the dramatic texts through the revisitings of ancient tragedy and comedy by academics, playwrights and practitioners. In previous years, speakers from a number of countries have given papers on miscellaneous aspects of the reception of ancient Greek drama. Abstracts of the papers given at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Postgraduate Symposia are accessible online at:

This year's Symposium will focus on adaptations of ancient Greek tragedy and comedy throughout the centuries from Roman times to the present day. Adaptation is intended to cover a wide range of refigurations of the ancient material: from translations and rewritings to productions for theatre, cinema, opera and dance. Of particular interest are those that attract critical attention as more open and imaginative elaborations of the original texts.

It is hoped that Peter Brown, Edith Hall, Lorna Hardwick, Fiona Macintosh, Pantelis Michelakis, Oliver Taplin and David Wiles will be present.


Postgraduates from across the globe who are working on revivals and adaptations of Greek drama are welcome to participate. The Symposium is open to speakers from different disciplines, including researchers in the fields of classics, language or theatre studies. Practitioners are more than welcome to contribute their personal experience of working on ancient drama. Papers can also be followed by demonstrations, and there are different theatrical spaces available at Royal Holloway for such purposes.

Those who wish to offer either a paper or a performance on the theme of 'Adaptations of Ancient Greek Drama' are invited to send an abstract of up to 400 words outlining the proposed subject of their discussion to both and by Friday 26 March 2004 at the latest. Please include details of your current course of study, supervisor and academic institution.

There will be no registration fee, but participants will have to seek their own funding to cover travel and accommodation expenses. Undergraduates are very welcome to attend.


Accommodation can be arranged for the night of the 17th of June at Royal Holloway, in Egham. Please contact Conor Hanratty for further information at

Travel Details and Maps




Conor Hanratty, Royal Holloway, University of London

Eleftheria Dagonaki, APGRD, University of OxfordEleftheria Ioannidou, APGRD, University of Oxford

Contact for Enquiries

Eleftheria Ioannidou at