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2014 James Henry Breasted Prize

The Faculty offers its warm congratulations to Alex Mullen whose book "Southern Gaul and the Mediterranean: Multilingualism and Multiple Identities in the Iron Age and Roman Periods" has been awarded the 2014 James Henry Breasted Prize by the American Historical Association.

 

Alex is a post-doctoral research fellow in Classics at All Souls College, Oxford and former undergraduate/graduate student in the Faculty of Classics, Cambridge and Lumley Research Fellow at Magdalene College (from 2008 to 2011). Her book is based directly on her Cambridge doctoral thesis, and was published in 2013 in Cambridge Classical Studies.

Read more HERE.

Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)

Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)


The Faculty is pleased to announce that Dr Hannah Willey has been appointed to the post of Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History) and a Fellowship at Murray Edwards College. Hannah read Classics and then took her PhD at Cambridge: she will take up her post on 1st September 2015. Hannah's research interests lie in Greek religion and society with a particular focus on Greek law and religion. She is currently W.H.D. Rouse fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge.


Applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2015

Applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2015

The Faculty of Classics welcomes applications for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships. The Leverhulme Trust Board, through its Research Awards Advisory Committee, is offering approximately eighty three-year Fellowships in 2015. These are post-doctoral awards. The Fellowships provide career development opportunities for researchers with a proven record of research at a relatively early stage of their academic careers. The objective is for Fellows to undertake a significant piece of publishable research during the tenure of the award; the project proposed should therefore not be a reworking or mere extension of the candidate’s doctoral research.

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships demand matching funding from the host institution. For the Faculty of Classics matching funding is available, on a competitive basis, through the generosity of the Isaac Newton Trust. Applications which receive support from the Faculty of Classics will be sent to the Isaac Newton Trust for consideration for matching funding. Those applications which receive support from the Isaac Newton Trust will be forwarded for consideration by the Leverhulme Trust.

Applications to the Faculty should consist of

(a) a brief CV (not exceeding two sides);

(b) a pdf version of the draft Leverhulme2015 ECF application. In preparing these documents, applicants should adhere closely to the Leverhulme Trust’s guidelines in the 2015 ECF Scheme Leaflet;

(c) a brief statement (maximum 250 words) explaining why the Classics Faculty is the best place for this research to be undertaken;

(d) a brief statement (maximum one side A4) outlining how the applicant would contribute to the teaching and wider intellectual life of the Faculty in the context of the Leverhulme Trust's guidance on teaching in the 2015 ECF Scheme Leaflet. Applicants should indicate the undergraduate Tripos papers for which they would expect tosupervise and in what area(s) they would wish to lecture, if an opportunity were available;

(e) two letters of reference, at least one from outside Cambridge;

(f) a substantial writing sample (normally the PhD thesis or the thesis as revised for publication).

Applicants must give the dates on which they took their PhD viva and on which they were awarded the PhD. Applicants are not eligible for the Leverhulme competition if their PhD viva was more than five years before the closing date of 5 March 2015, unless they have had a career break.

Applications must be received in electronic form by the Faculty Administrator, Mrs Jane Fisher-Hunt (fjf24@cam.ac.uk) by 12 noon on Tuesday 6 January 2015.

The Leverhulme Trust website indicates that its application forms for the 2014 ECF Scheme can be accessed from 1 January 2015; applicants are therefore advised that they will not be able to send in their applications to the Faculty before that date. 

Information about the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships, including application forms and the 2014 ECF Scheme leaflet can be found at

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm

Information about the Isaac Newton Trust can be found at

http://www.newtontrust.cam.ac.uk/

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Faculty’s Research Officer (Dr Rebecca Flemming, ref33@cam.ac.uk) and/or an academic working in the relevant discipline in the Faculty (for a complete list see http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/faculty) in order to discuss their proposal before submitting it by the 6th January deadline.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jane Fisher-Hunt (fjf24@cam.ac.uk) for further information.

REF 2014 Results

Results of the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise

The excellence of the research carried out by members of the Faculty was recognised in the latest UK research assessment exercise (REF 2014). In each of three separate categories (outputs, impact, and environment) Cambridge Classics was judged to have the greatest percentage of world-leading quality of any UK Classics department. This continues our outstanding performances in every such exercise since their inception in 1992.


For detailed analysis see

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/features/ref-2014-results-by-subject/2017594.article

AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture

A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture The Faculty congratulates Tim Whitmarsh (currently EP Warren Praelector and Professor of Ancient Literatures at Corpus Christi College, Oxford) on his election to the AG Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture and to a Fellowship at St John's College. Professor Whitmarsh will take up his new post in October.

Mary Beard Media Award

Congratulations to Professor Mary Beard on winning the Presenter category at Sky's Women in Film and TV awards.

The award was presented to Prof. Beard at a star-studded event in London, by Peter Capaldi. More information here.

Senior Research Fellowship, Clare College

The Faculty congratulates Paul Cartledge, retiring A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, on his appointment (from October 2014) to a five-year Senior Research Fellowship at Clare College; an opportunity again made possible by the continuing generosity of the A G Leventis Foundation.

Fyssen Foundation International Prize

Fyssen Foundation International Prize


The Faculty warmly congratulates Professor Sir Geoffrey Lloyd on the award of the prestigious Prix international from the Fondation Fyssen. The theme of this year's prize was "cognition et variation culturelle"

Charles A. Goodwin Prize for Merit 2014

Charles A. Goodwin Prize for Merit 2014


The Faculty offers its warm congratulations to Tim Whitmarsh (A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture) on the award of the Charles A. Goodwin Prize for Merit 2014 by the Society for Classical Studies (formally the American Philological Society) for his book, Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism (University of California Press, 2013).

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Congratulations to Dr Emily Gowers who has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2014-16.

Dr Gowers received the award so that she can work on her research project 'Maecenas: Transformations of an Augustan Patron'.

Graduate Library Trainee - Classical Faculty Library

Applications are now invited from Graduates for the post of Graduate Library Trainee in the the Classical Faculty Library from 01 August 2015 until 31 July 2016.

Please click here for details.

AHRC Major Grant

The Faculty will host a 670,000-pound AHRC project for 2013-17, entitled 'Greek in Italy: investigating the linguistic effect of the long-term presence of Greek speakers on the languages of Ancient Italy.'

The Faculty will host a major project grant of £670,000 from the AHRC for a project to run for four years from October 2013 entitled "Greek in Italy: investigating the linguistic effect of the long-term presence of Greek speakers on the languages of Ancient Italy."

The project's principal investigator is Dr James Clackson, with Prof. Geoff Horrocks as co-investigator and post-doc positions held by Dr Nick Zair and Dr Katherine McDonald (funded by a Research Fellowship at Caius College, Cambridge). A PhD studentship on the project will be advertised to start in October 2014.

Guardian League Table win

Cambridge has once again come top of the Guardian's league table of Classics departments in the UK.

 

The Guardian league table measures various features of the student experience. Cambridge Classics attained 97% student satisfaction, offered the best career prospects, and came top overall. The full table can be found HERE.

Honorary Degrees

Honorary Degrees


The Faculty warmly congratulates Professor Mary Beard on the award of a honorary doctorate from the University of London and Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill on the award of an honorary doctorate from the University of Reading.

Inaugural John Harvard Professor in the Arts, Social Science & Humanities

Congratulations to Simon Goldhill (currently Director of CRASSH) who has been appointed as the inaugural John Harvard Professor in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities. This is a five-year research appointment at Cambridge to complete a project of 'major contemporary relevance': in this instance, on the "Topographies of Citizenship" in the Middle East.

Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy

The Faculty congratulates Gábor Betegh (currently professor in the Department of Philosophy at the Central European University, Budapest) on his election to the Laurence Professorship of Ancient Philosophy. Professor Betegh will take up his new post in October.

Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar Fellowship 2016

Dr Yannis Galanakis has been awarded a Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar Fellowship for 2016 from the University of Cincinnati

The Department of Classics at the University of Cincinnati (https://classics.uc.edu/) has awarded Dr Yannis Galanakis a Margo Tytus Visiting Scholar Fellowship for 2016. 

He will use the fellowship to do research on Aegean funerary archaeology and on the 19th-century antiquities trade in Greece. The award will coincide with the period of his first sabbatical leave from Cambridge. 

New light on Ancient Ostia

A team, led by Professor Martin Millett (Cambridge) and Professor Simon Keay (Southampton), has discovered a new section of the boundary wall of the ancient Roman port of Ostia, proving the city was much larger than previously estimated.

 

Prof Millett said: "The results of our work completely transform our understanding of one of the key cities of the Roman Empire. The enormous scale of the newly discovered warehouses will require a rethinking about the scale of commerce passing through the port. The results also illustrate yet again the power of contemporary survey methods in providing important new evidence about even very well-known archaeological sites."

Read the FULL ARTICLE in the University Research News.

Lucia Prauscello - Humboldt Fellowship

Lucia Prauscello - Humboldt Fellowship

Dr Lucia Prauscello has been awarded an 18 month Humboldt Fellowship for her project on a new edition and commentary of the fragments of the Boeotian poetess Corinna. The Fellowship will allow her to undertake research in Berlin at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Berliner Papyrussamlung.

Professor Pat Easterling

The Faculty joins Newnham College in congratulating Pat Easterling on her eightieth birthday.

 

Click here for further information.

Roman Colonial Landscapes press release

The RCL project's dig this summer uncovered a 1st-century BCE theatre which revolutionises our understanding of Interamna Lirenas.

You can read the full press release on the University website, and visit the Roman Colonial Landscapes project pages here.

Richard Hunter elected Foreign Fellow of Academy of Athens

Regius Professor of Greek Richard Hunter has been elected a Foreign Fellow of the Academy of Athens

The Faculty congratulates Richard Hunter who has been elected to full membership as a Foreign Fellow of the Academy of Athens. Prof Hunter, who has been a Corresponding Member since 2001, is only the third classicist to receive this honour.
<http://www.academyofathens.gr/ecportal.asp?id=3152&nt=105&lang=1>

W H D Rouse Junior Research Fellowship - Christ's College, Cambridge

W H D Rouse Junior Research Fellowship - Christ's College, Cambridge

 

Christ's College, Cambridge, invites applications for the W H D Rouse Junior Research Fellowship, tenable for a period of four years from not later than 1 October 2015 for work in Classics, Indian Languages or Indo-European Philology.  The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 26 January 2015.

For all further information see

https://www.christs.cam.ac.uk/college-life/vacancies-christs-college

 

Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus

Evans-Pritchard Lectures 2014 - Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus

The Evans-Pritchard Lectures 2014 (All Souls College, Oxford) will be given by Dr Philippa M. Steele on the subject of "Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus".

They will take place on the 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th and 15th May (at 5pm each day), in the All Souls Old Library.

More information is given here.

Cartledge lecture on the Oath of Plataea

Watch Professor Cartledge's lecture to the Hellenic Society (12/11/13) on the Oath of Plataea and his new book 'After Thermopylae'.

The lecture is publicly available via the Hellenic Society's Youtube channel at http://youtu.be/U_Ui9uHMoVc.

Temporary Lectureship in Classics (Ancient History)

Temporary Lectureship in Classics (Ancient History)

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint a Temporary Lectureship in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 October 2015 until 30 September 2017.

For all further details please click here.

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

 

The Faculty offers its warm congratulations to Professor Mary Beard who has been awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for 2015-17.
Professor Beard received the award for her research project "The Twelve Caesars".

War and Strife in Ancient Philosophy

The 2015 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy
University of Cambridge, Faculty of Classics
27-28 March, 2015

War and strife, both internal and external, were an ever-present part of life in the ancient world, and so it is no surprise that these played a central theme in ancient philosophy. The 2015 Cambridge Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy aims to explore the various ways in which war and strife are thematised in ancient philosophy, both in terms of how these concepts are themselves conceived and how they serve as themes for wider metaphysical concerns.

We are delighted to announce that Lesley Brown (Oxford) and Angela Hobbs (Sheffield) will be presenting keynote papers.

The conference will run from mid-day of Friday the 27th of March to the afternoon of Saturday the 28th of March.


For more information and to register click here.



Women in Classics in Cambridge

On 23 May 2014, a group of classicists gathered at St John’s College to celebrate their achievements, and the achievements of those who had come before them.

 

 

 

It was the inaugural dinner of the 'Women in Classics at Cambridge', an event sponsored by the Classics Conclave and designed to facilitate discussion among women in the field, from fellows to post-graduates. As Emily Gowers (who hosted the dinner) remarked at the beginning of her speech, 'the idea behind tonight's dinner is to get as many women who are involved in Classics at Cambridge together as we can, mix up ages and subjects and celebrate and compare notes.' The dinner was not only host to women from many disciplines and many places, but also of many ages. Indeed, the age range provided a fascinating insight into the aspects of the faculty that have changed – and those that have not. Dr. Gowers summarised the positive progress of Classics by noting,

'It's certainly become normal to be a female classicist, and that's a big step. Since 1948, we've had a steady stream of women dons, very distinguished ones – Joyce Reynolds, Alison Duke, Pat Easterling, Dorothy Thompson, Mary Beard, who arrived in gold bovver boots in 1984. Now . . . as many women as men read Classics and do as well as or better than them in the exams.'

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