Fleur Darkin joins CPUGRD as visiting practitioner-scholar

From January-June 2019, the School’s Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama will have its first visiting practitioner-scholar.  Fleur Darkin is a world-leading choreographer, dancer and director.  Fleur will be using her time with us to learn more about ancient Greek and Roman cultures of performance and ritual, and about anthropologies of knowledge, in order to think about how they might inform both her work and how to work. In turn, we hope to learn from her about how our field might make use of contemporary approaches to dance and theatre.

Congratulations to Matthew Payne

Congratulations to Matthew Payne, who graduated in December with the degree of PhD, for a thesis on aberration and criminality in Senecan Tragedy. Matthew has already secured a position as a post-doctoral researcher at Leiden University, as part of the ‘Anchoring Innovation’ team funded by the NWO, the Dutch national research council. His three year project is on the scholarly reception of fragmentary Roman Republican tragedy and the influence of Greek tragedy on that tradition. We wish Dr Payne the best of luck in his new post in the Netherlands!

Alice König elected as co-chair of the Young Academy of Scotland.

Alice KönigCongratulations to Alice König, who has been elected as co-chair of the Young Academy of Scotland for the calendar years 2019 and 2020.

The Young Academy of Scotland was formed in 2011 by the Royal Society of Edinburgh to offer mid-career professionals a platform for tackling some of the most pressing social issues affecting Scotland and the world. Alice’s contributions so far have included collaborations with Scotland’s Futures Forum (the parliamentary think tank) looking into people’s aspirations for Scotland 2030; co-organisation of a series of activities to draft and promote a Responsible Debate Charter for Scotland; work with colleagues in the UK and Iraq to supply hard-copy books and e-resources to Mosul University’s Central Library, destroyed by ISIS in 2015; and contribution to a number of St Andrews-based events on schools outreach, interdisciplinary research, the future of Higher Education, and ‘time budgeting’ in the HE sector. She has previously served as a ‘Thematic Lead’ in YAS, supporting members’ activities and outputs around the theme ‘Smarter’; in her role as co-chair of YAS, she will be involved in developing the Academy’s strategy beyond 2020.

Congratulations to Matthew Shelton

Congratulations to Matthew Shelton, who has successfully passed his PhD! Matthew’s thesis (Madness in Socratic Philosophy: Xenophon, Plato and Epictetus) is about representations of madness in Greek philosophy. He focuses on the relationship between philosophical and non-philosophical conceptions of madness, and argues that rhetorical and moralizing discussions of madness by philosophers respond to and are constrained by what the philosophers present as popular views of mental abnormality. His study establishes that this dialogue with non-philosophers plays a crucial role in informing philosophical writing on madness, from fourth-century Socratic dialogues to Hellenistic Stoicism and Epictetus’ Socratic-Stoic ethics.

Greeks fonts for submitted work

The School of Classics and the MMS team recommend the use of the Gentium unicode font for any passages of text in Greek that are included in your submitted coursework.

How to install Gentium

These instructions assume you have administrative privileges for the computer on which you are intending to install the fonts.

Windows pcs

  1. Download the windows installer for main Gentium fonts, saving the file to your desktop when prompted.
  2. Once the download is complete, double click the file.
  3. Click ‘run’
  4. Click ‘next’
  5. Click ‘I agree’
  6. Click ‘next’
  7. Click ‘install’

These steps automatically install the fonts to the appropriate folder on your windows pc, and they should be immediately visible in Word.

Macs (OSX)

  1. Download the zip file for main Gentium fonts, saving to your desktop when prompted.
  2. Extract the zip file (again to your desktop, for convenience).
  3. Open the extracted folder.
  4. Highlight the font files and copy them
  5. Paste them into the macintoshHD/library/fonts folder

You may need to restart your mac before the fonts are available in Word.

Further information on Gentium


How to set up a Greek polytonic keyboard

Windows pcs

  1. Click ‘start’
  2. Select ‘control panel’
  3. Click on ‘regional and language options’
  4. Click the ‘languages’ tab
  5. Click ‘details’
  6. Click the ‘settings’ tab to see a list of installed keyboards.
  7. Click the ‘add’ button to bring up the Add input language dialogue
  8. Select ‘Greek’ from the drop-down menu
  9. Tick the keyboard layout/IME checkbox if it isn’t already
  10. Select ‘Greek Polytonic’ from the keyboard layout/IME drop-down menu
  11. Click ‘ok’
  12. Click the ‘language bar’ button.
  13. Tick ‘show the language bar on the desktop’
  14. Click ‘ok’
  15. Click ‘apply’
  16. Click ‘ok’

A language bar will appear on your desktop with the initials of the active input language visible. You can now switch between input languages.

Macs (OSX)

  1. Go to the apple menu and open system preferences
  2. Click on ‘international’
  3. Click ‘input menu’
  4. Tick the ‘show input menu in menu bar’ checkbox
  5. Tick the ‘keyboard viewer’ checkbox if you want an on-screen view of the keyboard
  6. Tick the ‘Greek polytonic’ checkbox to make Greek available.
  7. Quit system preferences, saving changes when prompted to do so.

The input menu now appears in the menu bar at the top of your screen, either as a flag or with the initials of the active input language visible. You can now switch between input languages.


Typing in Unicode Greek

 There are several options available to you. These are three free alternatives:

Type Greek directly into Microsoft Word

Each time you wish to type in Greek:

  1. Switch your input language to Greek
    1. Go to the language bar on your desktop (pcs) or input menu on the menu bar (macs)
    2. Click the initials of the active input language which will usually be ‘EN’ if you’ve been typing in English.
    3. Select ‘Greek’ from the input language drop-down that appears.
  2. Change your font to Gentium
  3. Type your text, using one of these keyboard references as required:
  4. Change your font back to your usual font
  5. Switch your input language back to English to continue with the rest of your assignment
    1. Go to the language bar on your desktop (pcs) or input menu on the menu bar (macs)
    2. Click the initials of the active input language which will be ‘EL’ if you’ve been typing in Greek.
    3. Select ‘English’ from the input language drop-down that appears.

Use the online facility TypeGreek

  1. Open the TypeGreek website in your browser http://www.typegreek.com/
  2. Type your greek text into the web form, referring to their ‘Alphabet key‘ as required.
  3. Highlight your completed passage, copy it and paste it into your Word document.
  4. In Word, highlight the Greek text, and change the font to Gentium.

Use Keyman Desktop

Tavultesoft’s ‘Keyman’ is on screen keyboard software, available for WindowsMac, ipad, and Android. It is free, and there are several classical greek keyboards that you can add to it.
Further information:

MLitt Scholarships

The School of Classics is offering a number of postgraduate scholarships for students taking the MLitt in Classics at St Andrews in 2019-2020. The scholarships cover tuition fees at UK and EU level.

Students wishing to be considered for these scholarships should apply by 5pm, Thursday 31 January 2019.

View further information on the MLitt programme, including how to apply.

Read about the School of Classics. 

Congratulations to Caroline Belanger

Congratulations to Caroline Belanger, who successfully passed her PhD viva recently! Her thesis is entitled The Erudite World: The Transmission of Solinus’ Polyhistor in Late Antique Geographical Writing. It examines three compilatory geographical texts for their relationship to one source, Solinus, and for what they reflect about the concerns and priorities of their contemporary world. Ultimately the study reveals just how unique each of these descriptions is, demonstrating the sophistication and creativity that went into compilatory technical writing, and offering snapshots of the late antique worldview. Caroline has been at the University of Tübingen for the last six months on a Teach@Tübingen scholarship.