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)’.

Application deadline for British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowships at the School of Classics

The School welcomes enquiries about applications to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. Anyone interested in applying should contact the Director of Research (Dr Emma Buckley, or Head of School (Professor Jason König, as soon as possible with an outline of the proposed research project.

Please submit draft full applications by Friday 8 September.

Myles Lavan wins BA/Leverhulme funding for Roman citizenship project

medium (2)Myles Lavan has won a British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant for a project on Roman Citizenship from Hadrian to Alexander Severus  in collaboration with Clifford Ando at the University of Chicago. The project will explore the significance of Roman citizenship before and after Caracalla’s universal grant of 212/213 CE in the light of Myles’ recent work on the scale of enfranchisement before Caracalla. The grant will fund a series of workshops which will bring together researchers with a range of technical and regional expertise to re-examine the significance of citizenship and enfranchisement in different areas of the empire.

Stephen Halliwell elected as Fellow of British Academy

smallCongratulations to Stephen Halliwell on his election last month as a Fellow of the British Academy!

The British Academy is the premier national body representing the humanities and the social sciences, the counterpart of the Royal Society for the natural sciences.

Professor Halliwell’s election maintains a remarkable St Andrews tradition: he is the university’s sixth professor of Greek in succession, going all the way back to John Burnet almost a century ago, to become a Fellow of the British Academy.

Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian

medium (8)Alice König has been awarded a grant by the BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grants Scheme to fund a two-year research project entitled “Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian”.

This project will bring together some of the leading researchers on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic literature to examine the texts and the literary culture of the period collectively. It aims to develop our understanding not just of individual texts but also of the nature and impact of their cross-pollination (within and across genres, and between both Latin and Greek authors). It will also examine the literary culture that promoted it; and explore the interface between Roman literary, social and political life. In so doing, it will contribute to the wider study of the late first and early second centuries AD.

Dr König will be assisted on the project by Prof. Roy Gibson (Manchester) and Dr Christopher Whitton (Cambridge).

Congratulations to Emma-Jayne Graham

Emma-Jayne Graham has been successful in winning a grant from the British Academy Small Grants scheme for a project on ‘Swaddled infants and the terracotta votive tradition in ancient Italy’. The project will catalogue and analyse the evidence for terracotta votive offerings (ex votos) of swaddled infants deposited at sanctuary sites across Central Italy from the 4th-1st century BC in anticipation of, or thanks for, divine assistance in pregnancy and childbirth.