• Classical World New Zealand

    Connecting the ancient and modern worlds


Classical World New Zealand

Classical World New Zealand demonstrates the modern world’s ongoing dialogue with ancient Greece, Rome and Egypt and highlights New Zealand’s contribution to this conversation. The culture of the classical world remains a rich vein of creativity tapped by countless living artists. Their art in turn helps us to connect to the ancient world.

Our project, based at Massey University, focuses on the distinctive contributions of New Zealand-based artists, actors, theatre directors, filmmakers, musicians, writers and scholars. Here you will find interviews with artists inspired by the classical world and working in a variety of media. There is also audio-visual material with examples of creative receptions of ancient Greek, Roman and Egyptian art, literature and culture.

We are open to suggestions for more practitioners to take part in the project.

All material published with the artists’ permission.