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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Information about the Isaac Newton Trust can be found at
Applicants are encouraged to contact the Faculty’s Research Officer (Dr Rebecca Flemming, email@example.com) 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further information.
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.
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Other people awarded honorary doctorates on the day included Hillary Clinton, Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Rowan Williams: exalted company! There is a fuller report here.
The award was presented to Prof. Beard at a star-studded event in London, by Peter Capaldi. More information here.
Prof. Blanshard's work lies in the field of classical reception. Dr Paul Eliadis is a Greek oncologist and philanthropist who works in Australia. More details available from the University's press release or this article on Dr Eliadis.
As part of a range of activities, some of the group enjoyed a tour of our Cast Gallery with curator Dr. Susanne Turner, where they learned to look at the casts differently - whether by thinking about what makes a cast look different to its original or by lying on the floor to view the Farnese Hercules from below.
Hereford Sixth Form College student, James Thompson, said, "I thoroughly enjoyed the visit to Christ's College. The Masterclasses were worthwhile and interesting and it was beneficial to hear what current students had to say about things like interviews, enrolment and what Cambridge is like itself. It has certainly made me interested in applying there."
The Faculty and the Museum frequently host outreach visits from schools around the country in conjunction with the Cambridge colleges. We also run our own popular Outreach Programme. If you represent a school and would like to arrange a visit to find out more about studying Classics at Cambridge, please contact Jennie Thornber at email@example.com or 01223 767044.
Read more about our Access and Outreach activities by clicking here.
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"
Goldhill's book "Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy" (OUP) has been awarded the 2013 Runciman Prize for the best book in English on a subject related to Greece, from antiquity to today.
This follows hard on his "Victorian Culture and Classical Culture: Art, Opera, Fiction and the Proclamation of Modernity" (Princeton) winning the 2012 Robert Lowry Patten prize, awarded by the Society of English Literature at the MLA in America for the best book on Victorian Literature for 2011-12.
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).
Dr Gowers received the award so that she can work on her research project 'Maecenas: Transformations of an Augustan Patron'.
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.
The Guardian league table measures various features of the student experience. Cambridge Classics attained 96% student satisfaction, offered the best career prospects, and came top overall. The full table can be found here.
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.
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.
A complete list of this year's new FBAs can be found here.
The Accreditation Scheme sets nationally agreed criteria for museums in the UK. The Museum has been fully accredited since 2009, but re-assessment by the committee ensures that we continue to meet current standards of practice and legal requirements, as well as making sure we prioritise visitor experience.
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.
Booking will open in January. For more information about the event see the Schools Events page.
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In 2010, the Faculty of Classics launched a three-year fieldwork project in the Lower Liri Valley (Southern Lazio, Italy) to provide an integrated understanding of the long-term impact of Roman colonisation on the Italian landscape.
See the RCL website for general information about the project, together with preliminary annual reports.
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.
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.
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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.
The lecture is publicly available via the Hellenic Society's Youtube channel at http://youtu.be/U_Ui9uHMoVc.
More information is available by clicking here.
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".
Ms Brignell is a BBC radio producer and writer who has been tetraplegic since the age of six. She graduated from Downing College in Classics in 1994. The doctorate was conferred for her services to journalism and “the inspiration she gives to others”.
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.'
As part of a very successful public-engagement event for Cambridge University's Festival of Ideas, Katherine McDonald and Stephen Harrison have made a series of short films about different contexts for writing in the ancient world. The films feature various graduates and researchers from the Faculty of Classics and the Fitzwilliam Museum, and can currently be found at writeliketheancients.wordpress.com.