Department of Greece and Rome

The Department of Greece and Rome at the British Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections of antiquities from the Classical world, with over 100,000 objects. These mostly range in date from the beginning of the Greek Bronze Age (about 3200 BC) to the reign of the Roman emperor Constantine in the fourth century AD, with some pagan survivals.

The Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean cultures are represented, and the Greek collection includes important sculpture from the Parthenon in Athens, as well as elements of two of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos.

The department also houses one of the widest-ranging collections of Italic and Etruscan antiquities and extensive groups of material from Cyprus. The collections of ancient jewellery and bronzes, Greek vases and Roman glass and silver are particularly important.


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Research facilities

Greece and Rome libraries

Greece and Rome Library and Study Room

The Department of Greece and Rome offers a range of services to the academic community and to the wider public. It is located on the upper floor next to Room 69, Greek and Roman life. You can contact the department by telephone, weekdays 10.00-17.00. Please note you may only make enquiries in person 14.00-16.00.

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Staff publications

Terracotta lamp with a caricatured scene

Recent publications

Curators and staff in the department regularly publish research on the collection.

A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum Vol. 1 (London, British Museum, 1892)


A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum Vol. 2 (London, British Museum, 1900)


A. H. Smith, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum Vol. 3 (London, British Museum, 1904)


F. N. Pryce, A Catalogue of Sculpture in the Department of Greek and Roman Antiquities, British Museum Vol 1 Part 1 Prehellenic and Early Greek (London, British Museum, 1928)


E. J. Forsdyke, Catalogue of the Greek and Etruscan Vases in the British Museum Vol 1 Part 1 Prehistoric Aegean Pottery (London, British Museum, 1925)


List of recent publications by staff working in the department 

Curatorial staff

Marianne Bergeron 
Project Curator (Naukratis Project)

Dirk Booms 
Curator - Roman Architecture, Sculpture, Inscriptions, and Glass

Celeste Farge
Prints and Drawings Cataloguer (Paul Mellon Centre)

J. Lesley Fitton 
Keeper

Peter Higgs 
Curator - Ancient Greece; Greek sculpture, Greek terracottas, Hellenistic period

Ian Jenkins 
Senior curator - Cyprus Collection-Neolithic and Bronze Age to Roman

Thomas Kiely 
Curator - Greek and Roman sculpture

Aurélia Masson 
Project Curator (Naukratis Project)

Thorsten Opper 
Curator - Greek and Roman sculpure

Paul Roberts 
Senior Curator - Roman Art and Archaeology

Andrew Shapland 
Curator - Greek Bronze Age (Cycladic, Minoan and Mycenaean)

Judith Swaddling 
Senior Curator - The Etruscans and the rest of pre-Roman Italy, the ancient Olympic Games, metalworking techniques

Ross Thomas 
Project Curator (Naukratis Project)

Alexandra Villing 
Curator - Greek pottery and terracotta figurines