Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture

cl_bk_240_jpk3-scientific-expertiseCongratulations to Jason König and Greg Woolf on the publication of their edited volume Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture (CUP, 2017). This is the third in a trilogy of volumes arising from a Leverhulme Research Project on ‘Science and Empire in the Roman World’. The other two—Ancient Libraries and Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance—were published by CUP in 2013.

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Four new posts in the School of Classics

The School of Classics invites applications for the following job vacancies:

  1. Permanent Lectureship in Greek Literature (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC166/lecturer-in-greek-literature-ac2036ml/
    Closing date: 10 March
  2. Permanent Lectureship in any area of Classics (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC228/lecturer-in-classics-ac2035sb/
    Closing date: 10 March
  3. Two-year Temporary Lectureship in Ancient History (from 1 September 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC243/temporary-lecturer-in-ancient-history-ac1869rxml/
    Closing date: 24 March
  4. Three-year Leverhulme Research Project Grant Postdoctoral Fellowship (from 1 July 2017)
    http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AXC158/research-fellow-ar1879mr/
    Closing date: 24 March
    About the project: Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception

Candidates applying for more than one of the posts are required to make a separate application for each.

Impact award for Jon Hesk and Ralph Anderson

Left to right: Jon Hesk, Ralph Anderson

Congratulations to Jon Hesk and Ralph Anderson , who have been awarded a grant from the University’s Knowledge Exchange and Impact Fund. The grant will fund continued work on a project called  ‘Greek drama in the Community’ involving work among others with with local schools and theatre groups.  In particular, Jon and Ralph will collaborate with The Byre Youth Theatre’s Adult Collaborative Performance Group via  a series of workshops as the group devises it own modern ‘take’ on the genre of Greek Tragedy.

Congratulations to Hannah Mace

Hannah MaceCongratulations to Hannah Mace, who passed her PhD viva recently.

Hannah’s thesis is on the fourth century CE Latin astronomer, Firmicus Maternus. Hannah had already developed considerable expertise in Latin astronomical writing (such as Manilius and Ausonius) from her Undergraduate and Masters degrees. In her thesis, she explores Firmicus’ text to illuminate intellectual culture of the mid fourth century – a time when classical texts were being read, copied, redeployed, and canonised against a backdrop of the emerging Church. Astronomy/astrology was a particular case in point. Hannah discusses Firmicus’ expertise and his use of earlier writers and, specifically, his citation practice; this is compared with other late antique Latin prose didactic authors to argue that Firmicus had a distinctive, personal agenda.

Ana Kotarcic wins FWO [Pegasus]2 MSCA fellowship

cl_pg-kotarcic-150x199Ana Kotarcic, who obtained her PhD in Classics from St Andrews in 2015, has been awarded an FWO [Pegasus]2 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. Ana will use this three-year fellowship, running from 2017 to 2020, to pursue a research project on Aristotle and language at the Centre for the Historiography of Linguistics at KU Leuven, Belgium.

Congratulations Ana!