The Institute of Classical Studies hosts and is actively involved with a diverse range of national and international networks and collaborations aimed at promoting and facilitating research. For further information please contact the Director. Highlighted in this section are:


Seal impression from KnossosThis international network, established in 2011, explores mechanisms of power and prestige in the Aegean Bronze Age through a broad spectrum of archaeological, iconographic and textual evidence. The aim is to disseminate research output through periodic lectures, workshops or symposia, and publications in digital or print format, inter alia. Participation is by invitation with special emphasis on contributions from early-career researchers. The network is co-ordinated by Dr O. H. Krzyszkowska.

The Department of Classics in the University of California at Berkeley is a founding partner institution.

The first project undertaken under the aegis of the DYNAMIS network was a study of the Mycenaean tholos tomb at Dranista in Thessaly by Dr Yannis Galanakis (Ashmolean Museum). Preliminary results were presented to a seminar held at the Institute in November 2011.


This international network aims to foster new research relating to Greek vase painting, focusing particularly on the uses of vases and their final contexts or findspots. The network reflects a diversity of theoretical and methodological approaches, as well as various regions of production and consumption, including Greece and Italy. Every two years members of the network meet at the Institute for an informal colloquium; periodic international conferences aimed at a wider scholarly audience are also planned.

Co-ordinators of the network are two former holders of the Institute’s prestigious Webster Fellowship: Elizabeth Langridge-Noti (Athens) and Mark Stansbury O’Donnell (St Thomas). The network now comprises twelve core members, including other holders of the Webster Fellowship, the Trendall Fellowship, and several young scholars. The network held its second bi-annual meeting at the Institute in May 2015. Seven working papers (listed below) were debated by the group. In addition a public lecture was given by Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell, entitled ' Who Picks Pursuits? Looking at Subject Choice in Athenian and Italian Contexts'.

Elizabeth Langridge-Noti (Athens) Iconography — creation and consumption
Kathleen Lynch (Ohio) Evidence for communal dining in Early Classical Athens
Diana Rodriquez Pérez (Oxford)  Evocative objects: the Attic black-glazed plemochoai (exaleiptra). Between archaeology and vase painting.
Corinna Riva (UCL) The cosmology of wine production and exchange in Archaic Etruria
Francesca Silvestrelli (Lecce) Potters and painters in Metapontine red-figure workshops: some preliminary observations.”
Athéna Tsingarida (Brussels) Special vases for the Etruscans? Reception and uses of outsized   Athenian drinking vessels
Katerina Volioti (Reading) Connoisseurship, industry, and commerce: the Eye Cup reconsidered


Bust of Hadrian from PantanelloThe British Museum in association with the Institute of Classical Studies, British School at Rome, and Sopintendenza per i Beni Archeologici di Lazio, Rome

The Pantanello Project combines archival research and fieldwork — initially, a geophysical and topographical survey of the Pantanello area near Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli — aiming to create a better understanding of the site, its excavation history, and compiling more detailed catalogue of finds, with emphasis on their excavators, restorers, dealers and collectors. The project, directed by Dr Thorsten Opper from the British Museum Department of Greece and Rome, has been actively supported by the Institute of Classical Studies since 2009. For further details visit the project website.


The Lexicon of Pompeius Festus is a precious source of information on many aspects of the language and life of Rome in the republican period. The Festus Project, based in UCL and supported by the Institute, aims to produce a new text, translation and commentary using all the available evidence.  The original Lexicon was composed by the Augustan antiquarian Verrius Flaccus; only tiny quotations from his work survive. In the 15th century, a single damaged manuscript (F), now in Naples, was found, which contains part of a summary of Verrius’s work, composed in the second century AD by one Pompeius Festus. We also have an epitome of this epitome, under the name of Paul the Deacon, who produced it for the benefit of Charlemagne’s Library. Some humanists also copied parts of F, which have since been lost. The Project’s task is to combine all these difficult sources to reconstruct the best possible version, which will be available as a database, but also hopefully in printed form.


The Institute of Classical Studies is an institutional partner in the Classical Reception Studies Network (CRSN), established in 2004 to promote rigorous debate on all aspects of classical reception, including art, film and literature. The Institute regularly runs research training events on Reception Studies for postgraduates as well as periodic conferences and colloquia.


The Institute also provides institutional support for networks at home and abroad, including: