QS World University rankings

We are pleased to announce that the School of Classics at St Andrews has been ranked 14th in the world and 3rd in the UK for Classics and Ancient History. This is the first year that the QS rankings have included a separate Classics and Ancient History ranking.


British Academy Visiting Fellowship for Professor Gianfranco Agosti

Congratulations to Gianfranco Agosti from La Sapienza who has just been awarded a British Academy Visiting Fellowship to fund a three-month visit to St Andrews from August to October 2018. Gianfranco will be working on a project entitled ‘Everyday Poetry in Late Antiquity. Culture and Society in the Eastern Mediterranean through the Lens of Greek Verse Inscriptions (3rd-7th century CE)’.

Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian

The book “Roman Literature under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian”, edited by Alice König (University of St Andrews) and Christopher Whitton (University of Cambridge), was published on 2nd March 2018 by Cambridge University Press.

Further information: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108354813

Funding for PhD, MPhil and MLitt in Classics at the University of St Andrews

DSC_6770sunsetThe School of Classics is opening its second round of selection for those looking to begin postgraduate study in September 2018 in any area of Classics and Ancient History. We invite applications from Home, EU and Overseas students.

  • For the MLitt and MPhil we are prepared to offer full fee waivers or half fee waivers.
  • For the PhD we are prepared to offer fee waivers and/or maintenance grants.

For more information about our staff and their research interests, please visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/research/

If you wish to be considered for this funding you must submit a complete application by 5pm on Friday 6th April 2018. Visit http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/classics/prospective/pg/ for more information.

Candidates who have already submitted an application will automatically be considered.

For information about other funding opportunities at St Andrews, visit https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/postgraduate/

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Alex Long, classicsdopg@st-andrews.ac.uk School of Classics, Swallowgate, Butts Wynd, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9AL

POSTPONED: ‘The Story of Us’ by Bettany Hughes. Lecture in St Andrews.

Bettany HughesThe School of Classics and ‘Advocating Classical Education’ will jointly host a public lecture by Bettany Hughes, ‘The Story of Us’, in St Andrews.

Originally scheduled for Saturday 3rd March, 3p-4pm, the event has been POSTPONED due to adverse weather conditions and travel warnings. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Professor Bettany Hughes looks at power and perils of storytelling from prehistory to the present day. With particular focus on classical culture – from Helen of Troy to Empress Theodora – she asks why we choose to tell the stories we do about ourselves and how we can use those narratives as a potent agent of change. This illustrated talk on the value of classical story-telling will be of interest to all-comers and assumes no prior knowledge of the classical world.

Bettany is a well-known broadcaster, writer and ancient historian. Her most recent television series include Eight Days that Made Rome (Channel 5) Venus Uncovered (BBC 4), and Genius of the Ancient World (BBC 4).  Among her many acclaimed radio series and programmes are The Ideas That Make Us (BBC Radio 4), The Romans in Britain (BBC Radio 3) and The Iliad: Beauty, Brutes and Battles (BBC World Service). She is the author of Helen of Troy (2013), The Hemlock Cup (2011) and Istanbul: a Tale of Three Cities (2017).

Entry is free but please book your place via: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bettany-hughes-talk-tickets-41381990648

This event is supported by the UK-wide AHRC-funded project called ‘Advocating Classical Education’, whose aim is to extend classical-subject teaching and qualifications across the secondary sector.  The School of Classics is one of 16 regional partners in this project.  After the talk there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker and prizes will be given to local competition-winners.

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Omnium Annalium Monumenta

book  coverThe book “Omnium Annalium Monumenta: Historical Writing and Historical Evidence in Republican Rome” edited by Kaj Sandberg & Christopher Smith, was published in December 2017 by Brill.
More information: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004355552