News 2007

Visitor to the School

Jesper Madsen, Lecturer in Ancient History in the University of Southern Denmark at Odense, will be spending 10 days or so visiting St Andrews from 22nd November. Jesper spent a semester with us finishing his doctorate a couple of years ago, and we are pleased to welcome him back.

Further Appointments in Classics

The School is delighted to welcome two further appointments.

Daniel Hogg joins us from Oriel College, Oxford where he has been combining a teaching scholarship with research on Dionysius of Halicarnassus. He wlll be teaching Greek language and literature in the School, as well as other subjects, throughout the session.

Aikaterina Oikonomopoulou has taken up a position as research fellow on the School’s Science and Empire project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust. She has degrees from the Universities of Thessaloniki and Oxford and will be writing a monograph on Miscellenistic Writing under the Roman Empire and co-ordinating a programme of workshops and conferences on the theme. She joins two other Leverhulme Trust sponsored research fellows working in the School on the After Augustine project.

New Appointments to the School

The School is delighted to welcome two new permanent members of staff, both arriving this September.

Dr. Emma Gee, who comes to us from the University of Sydney, is an expert on astronomy and the Roman calendar. Her research interests include Latin prose and poetry and the works of George Buchanan, the sixteenth century Scots intellectual who among other achievements taught Latin to Mary Queen of Scots, was Principal of St Andrews and imprisoned in the castle here. Dr. Gee is the author of Ovid, Aratus and Augustus published by Cambridge University Press in 2000 and she has since written on the astronomy of Marcus Cicero and of his brother. She is at present completing a book for Cambridge University Press on cosmology and the afterlife in Greece and Rome.

Dr. Juan Coderch comes to us from Oxford to take up the new position of Senior Language Tutor in Greek and Latin. He has degrees from the Universities of Sheffield and Barcelona and for the last four years has been Lector in Classics, following a career that has included teaching in schools and universities. He was for many years editor of a web site that published world news in Ancient Greek, and is a marathon runner. He will take charge of language teaching at St Andrews and play a vital part in extending our support for Latin and Greek from beginners classes (which are at record levels) to the support of postgraduate students both as developing researchers and as teachers themselves.

Classical Reception Network

The School is delighted to announce that it has just joined the Classical Reception Studies Network. This network, funded by the AHRC, brings together researchers at all levels from eight UK universities in a series of workshops and other collaborative projects concerned with the reception of classical texts and classical antiquity up until the present day. Researchers in the School have been involved in reception topics as diverse as Classics in the Caribbean, Classics in Film, the importance of classical ideas in the Scottish Enlightenment and in the French and American Revolutions and the reception of St Augustine’s writings after antiquity.

For further information about research and other activities in this area please contact Professor Karla Pollman, kfp@st-andrews.ac.uk

Academic Fellowship

Dr Alex Long has been appointed to a five year RCUK Fellowship in Post-Classical Philosophy in the School of Classics from 1 July 2007. He has written on the dialogue form in Plato and has particular interests in the ethical theories of Stoic and Epicurean writers.

Leverhulme Trust funds project on Science and Empire in the Roman World

A grant from the Leverhulme Trust to Dr. Jason König and Prof. Greg Woolf will fund a three-year research project on the relationship between scientific enterprise and imperialism during the Roman Empire. For more background to the project, see the Logos page.

This new project will employ collaborative research and comparative analysis to create a systematic cultural history of encyclopedic and scientific writing in the Roman world. The Trust’s grant makes possible a series of meetings and conferences and enable the School to employ a postdoctoral researcher who will work with the two principal investigators.

  • Dr. König‘s publications include Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire and a forthcoming collection (co-edited with Prof. Tim Whitmarsh of Exeter University) entitled Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire.
  • Prof. Woolf is the author of Becoming Roman. The origins of provincial civilization in Gaul and has co-edited Literacy and Power in the Ancient World (with Prof. Alan Bowman) and Rome the Cosmopolis (with Prof. Catharine Edwards).

The project will be run under the aegis of the Logos Centre. The School has been hosting a series of workshops and conferences on this theme over the past two years. During 2007 the School will host a meeting of COST Action A36 ‘Tributary Empires Compared’ on the theme ‘Empires and Knowledge’ and also a conference in May on Encyclopaedism before the Enlightenment. The Leverhulme sponsored project will begin in March 2007.

The School of Classics at St. Andrews has already been the beneficiary of the Leverhulme Trust on a number of occasions.

  • After Augustine, a major study of the reception of St. Augustine’s thought, is currently underway under the leadership of Prof. Karla Pollmann: two conferences on the theme were hosted during May 2006.
  • Prof. Elizabeth Craik was in 2003 awarded an Emeritus Fellowship to support her work on the Hippocratic Treatise on the Eye.
  • During 2001 the Trust funded Prof. Kai Brodersen of Mannheim University to spend a year in the School, where he worked on an edition of Pomponius Mela’s Chorographia, the earliest geographical work in Latin that survives. An account of his time here may be read athttp://www.geschichte.uni-mannheim.de/altertum/I-kai-sta.htm.

 

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