News 2008

Congratulations to Stephen Halliwell

Stephen Halliwell, Professor of Greek in the School of Classics, has been awarded the Premio Europeo di Estetica for 2008 by the Società Italiana d’Estetica for his book The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems (Princeton U. P. 2002). The prize was presented at the Society’s annual conference in Rome in April 2008 (view photos) and the Italian translation of the book is being published in April 2009.

Congratulations to Jason König

Dr Jason König has just won a grant from the Loeb Classical Library Foundation to pay for a semester’s research leave to enable him to complete a study of narrative representations of consumption and the symposium in the Roman empire.

Visitor from Cologne

The School is delighted to welcome Dr Gunnar Seelentag from the University of Cologne, who is the first participant in an Erasmus exchange scheme between ancient history there and in St Andrews. Dr Seelentag is an expert on archaic Crete, and has also written on Roman coinage and imperial ideology and monuments. He will be with us for a fortnight, giving a number of talks on his research.

Harry Hine Retires

Professor Harry Hine retired at the end of August 2008 after 23 years as Scotstarvit Professor of Humanity. Harry came to St Andrews from Edinburgh in 1985 and was Head of School for an epic eight year stint as well as playing a major part in UK Classics and in the international scholarly community. He now plans to continue his research into the language of Seneca. There is an interview with him, and a Latin ode in his honour, in ‘Classics News’ the‘Classics News’, Summer 2008 (PDF, 3,959 KB) .

We wish him all the best for his retirement.

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Professor Greg Woolf has won a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowships for the three years from 2009 to 2012. This is a highly prestigious and fiercely competitive award.

Professor Woolf will be writing a study of religious creativity in the Roman empire which asks Why was the Roman empire a good place for new religions to develop? The new kinds of religions that emerged in this period – religions that crossed political and cultural boundaries – include those that formed the world we now live in, one in which worldwide faiths and religious minorities set the agenda for politics rather than simply reinforce the authority of the political order. This project develops from the Rhind Lectures which he gave to the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland in 2005, and on longer term research on the sociology of early empires. As well as considering the specific circumstances within which new kinds of religions – Christianity among them – appeared in the Mediterranean world that transcended the limits set by existing communities and states, the Roman empire being the greatest of these, the project has a comparative dimension, looking at religion in early empires in general. Professor Woolf will be spending the first year of this Fellowship based in the Department of Comparative Religious History of the University of Erfurt, with which the School is developing a series of collaborations.

This award is the latest in a series of grants from the Leverhulme Trust which has supported a wide range of research in the School, making it possible to employ post-doctoral researchers, to fund doctoral students, to bring distinguished visitors to St Andrews and also carry to out major collaborative research projects.

RAE Results

The School is pleased to announce that 60% of its research activity was graded as either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ in the most recent UK Research Assessment Exercise, putting it at 7th place among UK Classics departments.

Alumni Newsletter – Summer 2008

The first edition of ‘Classics News’ is now available online: ‘Classics News’, Summer 2008 (PDF, 3,959 KB)

The newsletter is a publication designed to keep our former students and staff more closely in touch with current events in the School.

Welcome to New Academic Staff

The School is pleased to welcome two new colleagues who will be with us throughout the session.

Dr. Emma-Jayne Graham studied at the University of Sheffield and the British School in Rome and comes to us from a position at Cardiff University. She is an archaeologist, expert in Roman burials in Italy and the west, and will be strengthening our provision in archaeology.

Mr Mark Woolmer studied at Swansea and comes to us from Edinburgh where he has been working as a research assistant. His research interests extend from ancient Carthage to the Persian Empire and he will also be teaching Roman history.

Congratulations to Recent Postgraduates

Two of our recent Ph.D.s have taken up teaching positions this year.

Dr Anna McCullough has just taken up a position as Assistant Professor at Ohio State University teaching Latin and Roman cultural history. She has just published a paper in Classical World on female gladiators.

Dr Jeremy Armstrong has just taken up a Lectureship in the University of Auckland. He has contributed a chapter on recruitment in the early Republic toBeyond Battlefields   and is organizing a panel for the Roman Archaeology Conference to be held in Michigan in April 2009

Dr Jamie Macintyre also completed his doctorate this summer. He is currently employed on a project Mapping Classics Teaching across the UK, based in Durham at the Classics part of the Higher Education Subject Centre in History, Classics and Archaeology

Our congratulations to all of them.

Appointment of former student

We are pleased to hear that Kelly Joss Wrenhaven, who obtained her PhD here in 2006 has been appointed Assistant Professor of Classical and Medieval Studies at Cleveland State University.

Promotions in the School of Classics

Congratulations to Dr. Sian Lewis and Dr. Rebecca Sweetman, both of whom have been promoted to Senior Lectureships.

Dr. Lewis, who came to the School from Swansea in 2004, is currently working on ancient tyranny and is pro-Dean of Graduates in the Faculty of Arts.

Dr. Sweetman is currently on research leave at the British School in Athens, where she was formerly Assistant Director. Supported by the AHRC, the Molly Cotton Trust and the Carnegie Trust she is working on a publication of the Roman and late antique mosaics of Crete.

Adrian Gratwick’s retiral

Adrian will be retiring at the end of December 2008 after just over 40 years at St Andrews. He arrived in the University in 1966 as an Assistant Lecturer in Humanity (the traditional name for Latin in Scottish universities), and since 1997 has been Professor of Classical Philology. He is well known internationally, particularly for his work on new comedy and early Republican Latin literature: he wrote several of the early chapters for the Cambridge History of Classical Literature, vol. 2, and has published editions of Terence’sAdelphi and Plautus’ Menaechmi, as well as many articles, on scientific topics as well as literary ones. In his retirement he will be completing a major study of the metre of Roman comedy. In St Andrews he is also well known as a skilled craftsman: his office was adorned with his replicas of ancient comic masks, and with models that he used to illustrate his lectures on ancient astronomy and on sundials. At a dinner to mark his retirement Harry Hine produced a Latin ode (PDF, 22 KB)  in his honour, and Adrian produced a Latin version of the dinner dinner menu (PDF, 37 KB) .

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