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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: honorary doctorate

Congratulations to Professor Mary Beard for being awarded an honorary doctorate from St Andrews University.

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.

Finalists announced for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2013

Professor Mary Beard's book 'Confronting the Classics: Traditions, Adventures and Innovations' is a finalist in the Criticism category of the US National Book Critics Awards for Publishing in 2013.

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.

Professor Alastair Blanshard

Congratulations to one of our former graduate students, Alastair Blanshard (PhD 1999), who has been appointed the inaugural Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland.

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.

Christ's College Outreach Group Visits Museum of Classical Archaeology

Students from schools in Hertfordshire visited the Museum of Classical Archaeology as part of two-day residential at Christ's College Cambridge last week.

 

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 or 01223 767044.

Read more about our Access and Outreach activities by clicking 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.

David Sedley Valedictory Lecture

All are warmly welcome to David Sedley's valedictory lecture as Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy on Friday 30 May at 5:00 p.m. in G.19 Faculty of Classics. The lecture is entitled "Godlikeness".

Goldhill book prizes

Professor Simon Goldhill's latest two books have both won academic prizes.

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 2013 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.

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'.

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 96% student satisfaction, offered the best career prospects, and came top overall. The full table can be found here.

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.

Professor Hunter elected FBA

Congratulations to Richard Hunter, who has been elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

A complete list of this year's new FBAs can be found here.

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.

Museum Accreditation

The Museum of Classical Archaeology has again been given Full Accreditation by the Arts Council!

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.

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.

Oxbridge Classics Day, May 2nd 2014

The Oxbridge Classics Day 2014 will be hosted at Cambridge on May 2nd.

Booking will open in January. For more information about the event see the Schools Events page.

Professor Pat Easterling

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

 

Click here for further information.

Roman Colonial Landscapes 2012 report

The preliminary report for the 2012 fieldwork season is now available.

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.

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.
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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 Job

We are currently recruiting for the post of Curator of the Museum of Classical Archaeology (maternity cover).

 

More information is available by clicking here.

Honorary doctorate for Victoria Brignell

The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Victoria Brignell on her Honorary Doctorate of Arts conferred by Anglia Ruskin University.

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”.

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.'

Write Like the Ancients Videos

New from the faculty: a series of online videos introducing different contexts for writing in the Classical world.

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.

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Women in Classics in Cambridge

Jun 30, 2014

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.

Video of David Sedley's valedictory lecture "Godlikeness"

Jun 04, 2014

Now available to view online.

Guardian League Table win

Jun 03, 2014

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

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