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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

Sometimes all that glitters is gold

Oct 10, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.19

Mycenaean Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Literature Seminar

Oct 12, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 17, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Archaeology Seminar

Oct 18, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

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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. To reserve your place please reply to pylos.lecture@classics.cam.ac.uk 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.

Vacancy - Research Associate (Archaeology)

Aug 30, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate (Archaeology) from 01 November 2016. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Celebrating Cambridge Classics

Aug 19, 2016

Tim Whitmarsh, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, “Oedipus the Atheist”, on Friday 14 October at 5pm in the Little Hall, Sidgwick Site. This begins a weekend of Classics celebrations including the Greek Play and a Symposium on Greek Drama at Newnham College.

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