Research Projects

Female pantomine mask 1st-2nd c AD, Louvre CA 2299 (photo E. Handley)The Institute is currently home to two long-running research projects. The Ancient Theatre Project aims to identify and catalogue the wide range of extant archaeological and iconographic evidence for Greek and Roman drama. Results of the project to date have been published in a series of BICS Supplements, and plans for the digitisation of the Theatre Archive are now well in hand.

With some 10,000 extant examples spanning more than 1500 years, Aegean seals and sealings provide major insights into the Greek Bronze Age. The Aegean Seals Project seeks to facilitate study in this rich field and has supported work on the seals' database, available through ARACHNE.

The Institute is also collaborating in the Naukratis Project.

The Imagines Italicae project, based in the Institute since 2002, was completed and published in January 2012. Its objective was to publish the surviving records of the many peoples of Italy who spoke the languages called ‘Italic’, which disappeared as the Romans took control and as Latin became the common language of Italy.   Almost the only records now surviving from these peoples are the texts they inscribed and the coinages they produced. Imagines Italicae, edited by Michael Crawford and colleagues on the project, published as a BICS Supplement, provides for the first time a complete corpus of these texts, accompanied by photographs or drawings, a critical apparatus, an English translation where possible, a bibliography, and a full account of their discovery and archaeological context. It will provide the essential tool for all those working on the languages and history of Italy before the Romans.

The Director is currently working on The Sanctuary Project.