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Dr Ailsa Hunt

Dr Ailsa Hunt

Temporary Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)

Fitzwilliam College
Cambridge
CB3 0DG

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

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Jul 31, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: the Scared Lion

Jul 31, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Meet the Romans

Aug 08, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Journey to the End of the World

Aug 15, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Aesop's Forest: Don't Do That!

Aug 17, 2017

Museum of Classical Archaeology

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