The Ancient Voices Project encompasses a number of academic and public engagement projects in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Manchester investigating identity, culture and religion in the ancient and modern worlds.
We believe the ancient world has a lot to teach us about the present day and that the ancient world can be used as a ‘safe space’ for confronting difficult subjects that are fundamental to our society today.
Current projects include:
Working in conjunction with Faces&Voices and Constantine’s Dream, pupils from Thomas Whitham Sixth Form College, Burnley, have been exploring issues of identity and multiculturalism through the papyri and mummy portraits in the Faces&Voices Exhibition to make a series of podcasts.
This project started as an exhibition in John Rylands Library, Manchester, to explore issues of religion, identity, and visual culture in Roman, Byzantine, and contemporary Egypt which will be on display from the 19th July to the 25th November 2012. Faces&Voices has now developed different but connected activities around the exhibition consisting in workshops, talks and podcasting centred on questions about identity, culture and artefacts in multicultural societies from antiquity to the contemporary.
This three-year collaborative research project based in the University of Manchester, asks a very modern question about ancient history: how do changing religious ideas and values alter the landscape of the possible where tolerance, conflict, and violence are concerned?