Giuseppe Pezzini awarded grant by Loeb Classical Library Foundation

Congratulations to Dr Giuseppe Pezzini, who has been awarded a grant by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Giuseppe will be working on a long-standing project on the Self-Tormentor (Heautontimorumenos) of Terence, contracted to CUP, including a critical edition, a full-scale commentary, and an introduction. The play contains one of the most superb character portrayals in ancient literature, Chremes, and some wonderfully comic dialogue, raising perennially relevant questions, such as those about relations between fathers and sons and communication in a biased society.


Andrea Brock awarded grant by Loeb Classical Library Foundation

brockCongratulations to Dr Andrea Brock , who has been awarded a grant by the Loeb Classical Library Foundation.

Andrea’s grant will support a new phase of coring survey in Rome’s Forum Boarium in the summer of 2019. Through an analysis of sediment boreholes and a variety of environmental samples, the project aims to reconstruct the pre-urban landscape in and around Rome’s original river harbour, as well as provide data on landscape change that occurred alongside the growth of urban systems in the 1st millennium BCE.


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.