The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. The Faculty of Classics is the largest group of scholars in the field, and enjoys a foremost reputation in the subject worldwide. The Faculty contains 8 established Chairs, 65 lecturers and research staff, and in excess of 100 graduate students. The main authors and the main historical periods from the Mycenaean world to the Byzantine are all covered, usually by several scholars; the more specialised disciplines, such as Papyrology, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Pre-Socratic Philosophy and Comparative Philology, have specialist posts devoted to them.
The Faculty boasts the largest number of externally-funded research projects of any humanities subject at Oxford covering a range of archaeological, artistic, historical, linguistic and literary subjects, and there are nearly 500 undergraduates reading at the University. The work of the Faculty has taken on a variety of new energies and patterns since the opening of the Stelios Ioannou School of Classical and Byzantine Studies in 2007.
The Athens Dialogues provide a welcome opportunity to further engage with scholars from other leading institutions and we are delighted to take part in the process of developing the future of the study of the Hellenic heritage.