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.