Classics and Ancient History

The discipline of Classics and Ancient History involves the comprehensive study of two of history’s most influential civilisations – Ancient Greece and Rome.

Classics and Ancient History includes the analysis of the languages, history, culture, art, philosophy and legacy of these cultures. Our teaching and research cover a wide timeframe from the Bronze Age through to Late Antiquity. We offer courses that examine the history of Greece and Rome, Greco-Roman art, Roman Republican and Imperial politics, the myths of Greece and Rome, ancient tragedy and comedy, the social and political institutions of Ancient Athens, and the languages of Ancient Greek and Latin. The University of Queensland is the only institution in the state that allows students to study these cultures in such depth.


Emeritus Professor Robert David Milns AM spent his life deepening our understanding of the ancient world. After his passing on 20 February 2020 he leaves a legacy that will stand the test of time. Read More


The major research strength of the Classics and Ancient History discipline is in the area of the political, social and cultural history of the Greco-Roman world. We are interested in the social and ideological forces that shaped the lives and beliefs of ancient populations.

We employ a range of research strategies to accomplish our goals including demographic and economic modelling, comparative anthropological analysis, poststructuralist techniques of critique, and close readings of our sources. The material that we study includes inscriptions, papyri, literary texts, and archaeological evidence.

Our areas of competency include the economic practice and democratic thought of Ancient Athens, Greek masculinity and sexuality, the material culture of Greece, Rome and Late Antiquity, Greco-Roman and Late Antique belief systems, the Roman and Late Antique family, ideologies of governance and politics, and the reception of the Classical World.

Featured projects

  • The Real Santa Claus

    December 2020
    Jolly old St Nick has a long history of crossing borders, and not just on Christmas Eve…

    Senior Lecturer in Greek History and Language from The University of Queensland Dr Amelia Brown has been working on uncovering the ‘real’ St Nicholas for the past few years, and shares some snapshots from the ancient and medieval travels of the Greek Agios Nikolaos, better known as Santa Claus.