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The Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS)

Taking an innovative and interdisciplinary approach to the history of writing, this project is developing new methodologies for studying writing systems and their social context. The project researchers will be working on specific case studies relating to inscriptions of the ancient Aegean, Eastern Mediterranean and Levant (c.2000-600 BC). By looking at the ways in which writing systems were developed and used, we can study not only the systems themselves and the languages written in them, but also the cultural settings in which they were adapted and maintained. READ MORE

 

The Impact of the Ancient City

This project re-examines the impact of the ancient, Greco-Roman city on subsequent urban history across Europe and the Islamic world, investigating both the urban fabric and urban ideals. Bringing together researchers trained in historical, archaeological and literary analysis, the project spans the entire Mediterranean region from antiquity to the present day. The research team will investigate case histories in the western and eastern Mediterranean, and pose a new set of questions about how urban forms responded to changing social needs, stressing the diversity of impacts over time and place, in the Islamic as well as the European spheres. READ MORE

 

Beneath the surface of Roman Republican cities

The middle Roman Republic (4th-3rd c. BC) was the formative period in the development of Roman urbanism. Since Roman cities became central to the character of Rome's imperial system, understanding the earliest development of towns in Italy at this period is central to any comprehension of Roman imperialism itself. This innovative AHRC-funded project is deploying Ground-Penetrating Radar survey alongside the study of ceramic assemblages across the full extent of two cities founded in this period (Interamna Lirenas and Falerii Novi) to characterise their early development. READ MORE

 

Greek Epic of the Roman Empire: A Cultural History

This project is providing the first systematic analysis, in cultural terms, of the large and challenging corpus of Greek epic poetry composed across the Roman Empire, from the first to the sixth century AD. Epic was, for Greeks throughout antiquity, the most prestigious literary form, the apex of the hierarchy of genres. Through it they articulated their conceptions of war, empire, mortality, religion, gender, the natural order, psychology and cultural identity; and continued to do so across the changing political and religious landscape of Rome’s Empire. READ MORE

 

Greek in Italy

This project aims to understand the nature and long-term effects of language contact between the Greek brought to the Italian peninsula by diverse sailors, traders and colonists over the first millennium BC and the other languages of Ancient Italy. It will investigate the spread of the Greek alphabet among non-Greek speaking communities, and examine the Greek dialects of Southern Italy; promoting dialogue between linguists and other scholars working on Greek colonization in Italy, and exploring the relation of linguistic interactions to wider social and political factors. READ MORE

 

Town and Hinterland: Interamna Lirenas and its territory through Antiquity

Since 2010 the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas and its hinterland (Central Italy) have been the object of an integrated fieldwork project involving geophysical prospection, field survey and excavation. This research programme is especially interested in the long-term  relationship between town and countryside as reflecting the broader transformations taking place in Roman Italy between Republic and Empire. READ MORE

 

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon Project

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon Project will make available, both in print and online, an entirely new Greek-English lexicon, aimed at everyone who wants to read, learn or teach Greek, based on a re-reading of the ancient sources, organised on modern semantic principles, and deploying innovative digital techniques. READ MORE

 

The Mycenaean Epigraphy Group

This group is dedicated to the study of Linear B, a script used in Bronze Age Crete and Greece (c.1400-1200 B.C.E.) to write an early form of Greek, known as ‘Mycenaean’. It also encompasses the study of other related scripts from Crete (Linear A and Cretan Hieroglyphic) and Cyprus (Cypro-Minoan and the Cypriot Syllabary), as well as of the societies that created and used these scripts. READ MORE

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Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

Apr 21, 2017

Information on the next round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now available online.

Craven Seminar, 1-3 June 2017

Apr 04, 2017

A provisional programme for this seminar on ‘Eschatology and Apocalypse in Graeco-Roman literature’ in now online.

Greek Play 2016 Videos now on line

Feb 07, 2017

Highlights and a full length video of the Cambridge Greek Play 2016, a double bill of Antigone and Lysistrata, are now available to view on line.

Understanding Relations Between Scripts II: Early Alphabets

Jan 05, 2017

21-22 March 2017. This conference, the second in the Understanding Relations Between Scripts series, focuses on the development of alphabetic writing systems in the later second and earlier first millennia BC.

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