In this section you will find a list of themes that illustrate how the Classical past is still relevant today. A list of topics to choose from for each theme offers you plenty of choice for your EPQ research, giving you some general information on the topic, suggesting specific EPQ research questions and providing you with useful resources to give you the best start for your research.
Click on the left handside of this page to discover them all and pick up the one that you feel is more inspiring or appropriate for your project.
The image below gives you a quick overview of all the themes and topics offered in this website.
How to use the resources
Let's say that you are interested in Government as a theme and that you choose Democracy as a topic for your EPQ resource. Opening the Topic page, you will find a short Introduction followed by a series of EPQ suggested questions. The questions are there to help you setting your research, but feel free to discuss them with your teachers to find a research question that is more relevant to your specific interests.
A series of Sources will help grounding your EPQ research in Greek and Roman literary and material evidence: the sources can be a selection of Greek and Latin authors, whose writing is particularly relevant to the topic, but also coins, inscriptions, artefacts, architecture, sculpture and painting. Feel free to use the sources as you deem more appropriate to the nature of your project and your research interests. For example, you might want to include written and material cuture sources in a written essay, or use ancient texts and images to set up a video, or even get inspired by Greek and Roman visual arts and ancient literature to create your own piece of artwork or drama.
Sometimes, we feel that working with ancient material culture can be a bit tricky: therefore we have created pdf documents for some artefacts that will provide you with more details on the objects, discussing their relevance in the research.
Any good research needs to be grounded into the existing debate on the topic. We have created a list of References that are relevant to each topic . The books are listed in a Reading List available online and can be generally found at Newcastle University Library.
Lastly, wherever possible, we have tried to include a list of academically reliable Online Resources that can also provide you with additional information.