Four new appointments in the School of Classics

We are excited to announce the appointment of four new members of staff, all of whom will be joining the School from next academic year.

Michael Carroll has been appointed as Lecturer in Greek Literature. Michael completed his PhD in Cambridge in 2014. He works broadly on classical Greek literature, especially on Aeschylus and Pindar, and has a particular interest in cognitive approaches to ancient culture.

Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis has been appointed as Lecturer in Classics. Alexia works broadly on the Greek literature and material culture of the Hellenistic and Roman periods, with a particular interest in ancient religion. She also works on classical reception in the Ottoman empire in the nineteenth century. She is the author of Truly Beyond Wonders: Aelius Aristides and the Cult of Asklepios (OUP, 2010).

Rebecca Usherwood will be joining the School for two years as Lecturer in Ancient History. Rebecca completed her PhD in Nottingham in 2015. Her work focuses on the political and cultural history of the Roman Empire, especially late antiquity, with a particular interest in the history of political disgrace in the reigns of Constantine and his sons.

Dawn Hollis will join the School from July 2017 for three years as Leverhulme postdoctoral research fellow on the project ‘Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception’. Dawn has recently completed a PhD in the School of History in St Andrews entitled ‘Re-thinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics, and Environment in Early Modern Europe’.

Premio Cultori di Roma for Christopher Smith

Christopher SmithCongratulations to Christopher Smith on the award of the 2017 Premio Cultori di Roma. The prize is awarded by the Istituto Nazionale di Studi Romani, representatives of the Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, the Comune di Roma, the Unione Accademica Nazionale and the Unione Internazionale degli Istituti di Archeologia, Storia e Storia dell’Arte in Roma.  It has been given only to three British scholars since the inauguration in 1955, Sir Ronald Syme and Sir Fergus Millar, both Camden Chairs of Roman History at Oxford, and J. B. Ward-Perkins, BSR Director from 1945 to 1974.  Christopher was presented with the prize on the Capitol on Rome’s 2770th birthday, 21 April.

Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture

cl_bk_240_jpk3-scientific-expertiseCongratulations to Jason König and Greg Woolf on the publication of their edited volume Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture (CUP, 2017). This is the third in a trilogy of volumes arising from a Leverhulme Research Project on ‘Science and Empire in the Roman World’. The other two—Ancient Libraries and Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance—were published by CUP in 2013.

Four new posts in the School of Classics

The School of Classics invites applications for the following job vacancies:

  1. Permanent Lectureship in Greek Literature (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC166/lecturer-in-greek-literature-ac2036ml/
    Closing date: 10 March
  2. Permanent Lectureship in any area of Classics (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC228/lecturer-in-classics-ac2035sb/
    Closing date: 10 March
  3. Two-year Temporary Lectureship in Ancient History (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC243/temporary-lecturer-in-ancient-history-ac1869rxml/
    Closing date: 24 March
  4. Three-year Leverhulme Research Project Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship (from 1 July 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC158/research-fellow-ar1879mr/
    Closing date: 24 March
    About the project: Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception

Candidates applying for more than one of the posts are required to make a separate application for each.

Impact award for Jon Hesk and Ralph Anderson

Left to right: Jon Hesk, Ralph Anderson

Congratulations to Jon Hesk and Ralph Anderson , who have been awarded a grant from the University’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund. The grant will fund continued work on a project called  ‘Greek drama in the Community’ involving work among others with with local schools and theatre groups.  In particular, Jon and Ralph will collaborate with The Byre Youth Theatre’s Adult Collaborative Performance Group via  a series of workshops as the group devises it own modern ‘take’ on the genre of Greek Tragedy.

Congratulations to Hannah Mace

Hannah MaceCongratulations to Hannah Mace, who passed her PhD viva recently.

Hannah’s thesis is on the fourth century CE Latin astronomer, Firmicus Maternus. Hannah had already developed considerable expertise in Latin astronomical writing (such as Manilius and Ausonius) from her Undergraduate and Masters degrees. In her thesis, she explores Firmicus’ text to illuminate intellectual culture of the mid fourth century – a time when classical texts were being read, copied, redeployed, and canonised against a backdrop of the emerging Church. Astronomy/astrology was a particular case in point. Hannah discusses Firmicus’ expertise and his use of earlier writers and, specifically, his citation practice; this is compared with other late antique Latin prose didactic authors to argue that Firmicus had a distinctive, personal agenda.