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2014 James Henry Breasted Prize

last modified Oct 27, 2014 08:54 AM
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)

last modified Dec 04, 2014 03:29 PM
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

last modified Nov 17, 2014 11:35 AM
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 ( 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, and/or an academic working in the relevant discipline in the Faculty (for a complete list see in order to discuss their proposal before submitting it by the 6th January deadline.

Please do not hesitate to contact Jane Fisher-Hunt ( for further information.

REF 2014 Results

last modified Jan 06, 2015 08:04 PM
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

AG Leventis Professor of Greek Culture

last modified Mar 26, 2014 02:57 PM
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

last modified Dec 09, 2013 09:41 PM
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.

Beneath the surface of Roman Republican cities

last modified Apr 01, 2015 09:53 AM
Following the award of a 30-month AHRC Research Grant, Martin Millett (PI) and Alessandro Launaro (Co-PI) launch today their integrated project exploring the early phases of Roman urbanism


The middle Roman Republic (the 4th - 3rd centuries BC) was the formative period in the development of Roman urbanism, with the development of the City of Rome itself and crucially also the implantation of new urban foundations across the conquered areas of Italy. Since Roman cities subsequently became central to the character of Rome's imperial system, understanding the earliest development of towns in Italy at this period is central to any comprehension of Roman imperialism itself. However, the earliest phases of these cities, many of which have continued in occupation until today, lie deeply buried beneath later structures.

This innovative project – carried out in collaboration with the British School at Rome and Prof Frank Vermeulen and Dr Lieven Verdonck of Ghent University – will deploy Ground-Penetrating Radar survey alongside the study of ceramic assemblages across the full extent of two cities founded in this period - Interamna Lirenas founded as a colony in 312 BC and Falerii Novi founded by Rome in 241 BC to characterise their early development. The work will build directly upon our previous survey at both sites (which has included full magnetometry and topographical surveys of both) to provide unique new data about the deeply buried deposits, thereby allowing the integrated information to be used to map these towns and address key questions about the nature of Roman urban development in this key period.

Senior Research Fellowship, Clare College

last modified Mar 02, 2014 08:40 PM
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

last modified Dec 08, 2014 01:51 PM
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

last modified Dec 15, 2014 03:39 PM
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

last modified Dec 21, 2013 02:07 PM
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

last modified Mar 09, 2015 09:59 AM
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

last modified Sep 10, 2013 11:59 AM
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

last modified Jun 03, 2014 12:50 PM
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

last modified Dec 04, 2014 03:30 PM
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.

Infancy, Childhood and Play in Ancient Greek Philosophy

last modified Apr 29, 2015 10:18 AM
The Gray Lectures 2015

The Gray Lectures this year will be given by Prof. Malcolm Schofield on the subject of “Infancy, Childhood and Play in Ancient Greek Philosophy”.

There will be 2 Lectures:

Tuesday 19 May, 5pm in G.19 : Infancy
Thursday 21 May, 5pm in G.19 : Childhood and Play

and a seminar:

Wednesday 20 May, 2.15pm in 1.11 : Plato’s Puppet


When Greek philosophers wanted to explore the human condition and its prospects, they often approached it via reflection on the new born infant, or again the toys and games of children's play. They found infancy and childhood 'good to think with' - and none of them more so than Plato.

Heraclitus and Hellenistic philosophy will figure prominently in these talks, but above all Plato's late and too little read final dialogue, the Laws.

The lectures and seminar are open to all members of the University and others who are interested.

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

last modified Jan 27, 2014 10:02 AM
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

last modified Feb 21, 2014 04:56 PM
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

last modified Mar 10, 2015 09:14 AM
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 ( 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

last modified Apr 17, 2014 11:27 AM
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

last modified Mar 12, 2015 08:51 AM
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

last modified Mar 21, 2014 10:44 AM
The Faculty joins Newnham College in congratulating Pat Easterling on her eightieth birthday.


Click here for further information.

Roman Colonial Landscapes press release

last modified Sep 22, 2013 08:37 PM
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

last modified Apr 14, 2014 11:27 AM
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.

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

last modified Nov 27, 2014 09:52 AM
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


Society and Writing in Ancient Cyprus

last modified Mar 24, 2014 04:37 PM
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

last modified Jan 12, 2014 03:50 PM
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

Temporary Teaching Associate in the Faculty of Classics (Greek Literature)

last modified Apr 27, 2015 04:01 PM

Applications are now invited for the position of Temporary Teaching Associate in Classics (Greek Literature) from 01 October 2015.  Please see the Jobs and Vacancies page for more details.

Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

last modified Dec 11, 2014 05:37 PM
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

last modified Feb 27, 2015 09:35 AM
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

last modified Jun 30, 2014 12:38 PM
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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