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Dr Ailsa Hunt

Dr Ailsa Hunt

Temporary Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)

Fitzwilliam College

Research Interests

Roman cultural history; Roman religion; the sacrality of trees in Roman culture; the word numen; Greco-Roman ecological thinking; divine names; the history of scholarship on Roman religon; classical reception in 20th and 21st century poetry.

Key Publications

Hunt, A. (forthcoming) Reviving Roman Religion: Sacred Trees in the Roman World (Cambridge Classical Studies, Cambridge University Press)

Hunt, A. (in press) ‘Arboreal Animists: the (ab)use of Roman Sacred Trees in Early Anthropology’ in The Classics and Early Anthropology (Brill)

Hunt, A. (2014) ‘Thought and Belief’ in Nicholls, M. ed. 30-Second Ancient Rome (Ivy Press) pp. 94-110

Hunt, A. (2014) ‘Pozzuoli of the heart: overlapping fragments of the classical past in the poetry of Jamie McKendrick’ CRJ 6.3 pp. 382-401 

Hunt, A. (2012) ‘Keeping the memory alive: the physical continuity of the ficus Ruminalis’ in Bommas, M., Harrisson, J. & Roy, P. eds. Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World (London) pp. 111-128

Hunt, A. (2011) ‘Priapus as wooden god: confronting manufacture and destruction’ CCJ 57 pp. 29-54

Hunt, A. (2010) ‘Elegiac Grafting in Pomona’s Orchard: Ovid, Metamorphoses 14.623-771’ MD 65 pp. 43-58

Upcoming events

The B Club

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Archaeology Seminar

Nov 01, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Classical Reception Seminar

Nov 01, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Mycenaean Seminar

Nov 02, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

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Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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