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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.

2016 Greek Play dates announced

last modified Mar 14, 2016 09:51 AM
The next Cambridge Greek Play, a double bill of Sophocles’ Antigone and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, will run from 12 to 15 October 2016. Please see for details.

The next Cambridge Greek Play, a double bill of Sophocles’ Antigone and Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, will run from 12 to 15 October 2016. Please see for details.

Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art

last modified Aug 31, 2015 10:22 AM
A colossal polystyrene statue of Hercules by contemporary artist Matt Darbyshire will be the star exhibit in a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum exploring the story of classical art.

25 September - 6 December 2015

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
Free admission

How did artefacts made in the Mediterranean millennia ago come to define western art? To show us how Greece and Rome’s gods and heroes came to inhabit post-antique painting and sculpture, the Fitzwilliam Museum has called upon one of them to act as a guide: Hercules.

Hercules is one of the best-loved ancient heroes. Known in antiquity for completing twelve tasks or ‘labours’ that confirmed his status as a god, Hercules is today tasked with one more – to tell the story of classical art. Hercules is brought to life by each of the forty objects on display (from exquisite gems and coins, Renaissance drawings and bronzes, to eighteenth-century paintings, and even a giant polystyrene statue…). Their interaction also reveals how classical art was born, and gives classical art on-going relevance.

The exhibition takes its lead from its star exhibit, a colossal sculpture by Cambridge-born artist Matthew Darbyshire. Darbyshire’s intervention is a version of the Farnese Hercules, a marble statue unearthed in Rome in 1545/6, but is made from sheets of polystyrene — classical art for a consumerist age. Up close, its cut, crisp polystyrene layers make it appear pixelated, but step back, and the statue comes into focus, shining like marble.  Back in 1850, two years after the Founder’s Building opened to the public, the Fitzwilliam Museum exhibited another Farnese Hercules, a plaster version, now in Cambridge’s Museum of Classical Archaeology. Before being given to the Fitzwilliam, it stood in a private house in Battersea, where it moved London’s artists to tears.

The Fitzwilliam Museum’s own collection is well equipped with prototypes and later versions of the Farnese Hercules: from a bronze statuette of the first century BCE, through Hendrick Goltzius’ sixteenth-century engraving of the Farnese statue’s rear view, Wedgwood’s white on blue cameo plaque, and William Blake’s illustration of the statue for Abraham Rees’ The Cyclopædia, or, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and Literature. The Museum’s collection also provides competing images of Hercules — images of Hercules young, drunk, or dressed as a woman, in bronze, wood and painted porcelain. These give context to Darbyshire’s sculpture, underlining that classicism and modernism are not opposites. In the fast moving, digital age in which we live, we perhaps need tradition more than ever.

The exhibition is curated by Dr Caroline Vout, Reader in Classics in the University of Cambridge and Fellow of Christ’s College, and is part of her British-Academy funded research project entitled ‘Classical Art: A Life History’.


The Faculty’s Museum of Classical Archaeology also has a small display in connection with the ‘Following Hercules’ show: see


For related events, see


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

New Acquisition: The Terme Boxer in the Museum of Classical Archaeology

last modified Dec 17, 2015 09:21 AM
The heavyweight crown has a new challenger as the cast of the Terme Boxer goes on show in the Museum of Classical Archaeology from Thursday 3 December. NOW WITH VIDEO.


Beginning life as a bright-white plaster cast, the Terme Boxer has been recently restored by former Fitzwilliam Museum technician Bob Bourne; his transformation from chalky whiteness to burnished bronze gives visitors the chance to see a magnificent replica of Hellenistic Greek sculpture up close and personal.

Boxer at restThe original Terme Boxer is one of the finest examples of bronze-cast sculpture to have survived from the ancient world. Found in 1885 on the south side of the Quirinal Hill in Rome, where it had been carefully deposited, it is believed to be a Hellenistic original, but could date to any time between the fourth and first centuries BCE.

Sitting on a rock, this bearded fighter rests his weary body after a bout of boxing. Ancient boxing was a brutal sport. He wears fur-lined gloves to protect his hands, but still has taken a battering. Wounds cut into his skin and bruises swell from beneath the surface; his broken nose, cauliflower ears and hardened muscles are evidence of a long career. The impact of this rare example of a fully preserved bronze is not just realistic, but visceral.


“The Boxer is a wonderful addition to our atmospheric cast gallery. It’s not just a beautiful sculpture, it’s also a real reminder of the sheer breadth of classical sculpture, which ranges beyond the familiar idealised youths and naked Aphrodites to encompass hyperbolic Hercules, babies squashing geese and, indeed, battle-worn boxers who look like they’ve seen better days.” Dr. Susanne Turner, Curator at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Most bronzes have been lost to us, so much more easily melted down and transformed into new objects than their marble and stone counterparts. So special is the original that it is currently one of the star pieces in the exhibition Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic World at the J.P. Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is open 10am-5pm on weekdays and 10am-1pm on Saturdays during University term-time. The Boxer can be viewed in Bay J.

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.

Calais Collection

last modified Nov 09, 2015 03:03 PM
Many thanks to all those who donated so generously to the collection for Calais refugees - in just over a week we collected around 40 bags of winter clothing and equipment!

The collection point in the Faculty lobby has now closed, but volunteers are still needed to help sort the donations on Friday 13th - please email Maria Krisch (mk726) if you are able to help out. The Cambridge University Refugee Action Group is also looking for volunteers to help transport donations to Calais on Saturday 14th and again later in term - join the Cambridge University Calais Refugee Action Group for further details and to sign up.

Calling all Classics Alumni . . .

last modified Jan 07, 2016 10:16 AM
Could you help Classics for All to inspire the next generation of Classicists?

GCSE Students Visit Cambridge
Cambridge's first GCSE Classical Civilisation and Ancient History Study Day

A pioneering project to promote Classics at schools in deprived areas is appealing for alumni to share their passion for the ancient world. The charity Classics for All introduces Latin, ancient Greek, ancient history and classical civilisation to youngsters at state-run primary and secondary schools nationwide. 

More than 6,000 pupils have already benefited from more than £450,000 in grants awarded by the charity to support the teaching of Classics. The charity believes every pupil deserves to benefit from the learning, enjoyment and inspiration that Classics provides.

Only in its fifth year, the charity has already supported 300 schools, and it aims to increase this to 600 schools to meet demand in the next two years. Cambridge Classicists are heavily involved in the charity’s activities, with three of our University staff, Mary Beard, Paul Cartledge, and Pat Easterling (former Regius Professor of Greek) serving as patrons.

Nicholas Barber CBE, chairman of Classics for All, said: “Classics for All is only five years old but we are on a roll. We work with schools to revive Classics and make them a permanent part of the curriculum. Most state schools do not have Classics teachers, so we offer training and mentoring for teachers with a basic knowledge of Latin or Ancient History or those who are keen to develop new subject knowledge from scratch. Enthusiastic volunteers are an essential part of our work; they help us in many ways including spreading the word about Classics for All, getting schools on board, offering classical talks to schools, teaching Latin in primary schools or mentoring teachers new to Classics. Even if your grammar is rusty, or if you have not returned to your texts in decades, Classics for All would value your support.”

Peter Olive co-ordinates CfA’s work in London through a programme called Capital Classics. He said: “Classics alumni have played a crucial role in getting Latin, Classical Civilisation and Ancient History onto the curriculum in more than 50 London primary and secondary schools in areas of social deprivation.  Participating schools have been amazed by the positive reaction among pupils, and Latin and Classical Civilisation are now taught in some London primary and secondary schools alongside or as an alternative to modern foreign languages.” 

Classics for All is keen to hear from Cambridge Classics alumni prepared to do any or all of the following:

  • Spread the word about Classics for All to state schools across the UK and encourage them to get involved
  • Advise or mentor teachers teaching Classics for the first time
  • Run an after school Classics club
  • Support fundraising, events or promotional activities

For further information visit and email .

Cambridge Classics top in Guardian University Guide (again)

last modified May 23, 2016 06:04 PM
The Faculty of Classics has once more topped the Guardian University Guide

More information can be found HERE.

Cambridge Greek Play

last modified Oct 15, 2015 10:29 AM
The Cambridge Greek Play committee is pleased to announce that the 2016 production will be a double bill of ANTIGONE and LYSISTRATA.

The production will take place at the Cambridge Arts Theatre in October 2016. We will be welcoming back director Helen Eastman and composer Alex Silverman, the team behind Agamemnon (2010) and Prometheus/Frogs (2013).

We are currently looking to appoint up to two Assistant Directors and a Musical Director. Details HERE.

Auditions and other opportunities, plus the launch of our brand new website, will be announced soon.

Classics in Communities Conference (19 Sept 2015)

last modified Jul 30, 2015 03:49 PM
This conference aims to bring together all those interested in the teaching and learning of Latin and Greek in schools, colleges, universities and communities in the UK and around the world. Building on the success of the first ‘Classics in Communities’ conference in Oxford in November 2013, the themes of this year’s conference will include: widening access to Classical languages; emerging practices in Classics pedagogies; improving community cohesion through Classics; the cross-curricular value of Classical languages and the appeal/merits of non-linguistic Classics. Keynote speakers will be Tim Whitmarsh, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and Tom Holland, celebrated British novelist and ancient historian.

Classics? (Wed 4 November 2015, 6-7.15pm)

last modified Oct 27, 2015 10:27 AM
Held at the British Academy and chaired by Professor Oliver Taplin FBA, University of Oxford, this lecture will delve into the study of Classics today, nationally and internationally, now and in the future – from philology to interdisciplinarity, from nostalgia to impact with Professor Mary Beard FBA. Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists: her BBC TV series Meet the Romans aired in 2012, and she writes an engaging and thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life.

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"

German History Journal's Best Article of 2015

last modified Sep 14, 2015 02:24 PM
The Faculty is very proud to announce that Dr Helen Roche has been awarded the Best Article of 2015 prize by the journal German History for her article, 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich'.

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.

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

last modified Sep 07, 2015 10:55 AM
Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Are you considering applying for either the MPhil or PhD in Classics in Cambridge?  If so, then please come along to our Postgraduate Courses Open Day to find out more about the Faculty and the courses we offer, what it is like to be a postgraduate student here, and to ask questions about your research ideas and funding opportunities.

On Saturday 14th November the Faculty of Classics will be hosting its first Graduate Open Day, where prospective students will be able to tour the Faculty, attend sample seminars, and speak with academic staff regarding our M.Phil and PhD courses.

For more details, a provisional programme, and a link for the online registration form, please visit this page.

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.

Guardian League Table Win

last modified May 28, 2015 03:33 PM

We are delighted that the Cambridge Classics Faculty maintained its position at the top of the Guardian league tables for 2016 for the fifth consecutive year.


Click here for more information.

Hiddleston on Classics

last modified Apr 04, 2016 02:53 PM
Actor Tom Hiddleston discusses the pleasures and rewards of studying Classics at Cambridge in an interview with Stephen Colbert

Access the interview via the following link (via University of Otago Department of Classics):


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 ERC Project: CREWS

last modified Apr 05, 2016 12:26 PM
The Faculty is pleased to announce that Dr Pippa Steele has been awarded a European Research Council grant (c.1.5M euros) to run the project 'Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems' (CREWS) for five years from the beginning of April.

The project blog can be found here and news items from the University's Research pages can be viewed via the below links:

More information can also be found on the Project's homepage here.

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.

PhD Studentship on the Early Greek Alphabet

last modified May 04, 2016 11:49 AM
The Faculty of Classics is pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD Studentship on the Early Greek Alphabet, commencing October 2016, as part of the ERC funded CREWS Project.

PhD Studentship on the Early Greek Alphabet

The Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, is pleased to announce a fixed term fully-funded PhD Studentship on the European Research Council funded Project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS).  The studentship will run from 1st October 2016 to 30th September 2019.

The PhD student will prepare a doctoral dissertation concentrating on the early development of the Greek alphabet, working with the increasing corpus of alphabetic inscriptions dating from the 8th to early 6th centuries BCE. Dr Philippa Steele will act as PhD supervisor with Professor James Clackson as co-supervisor.

Due to restrictions of funding, the studentship is only available to UK/EU citizens. The award will pay full fees and maintenance for the period of the scholarship (this includes the maintenance costs of a successful applicant who is a UK/EU citizen). The successful applicant is expected to have Masters’ level experience in ancient Greek epigraphy and/or linguistics (by October 2016), and a proven record of outstanding achievement at both undergraduate and Master’s level.

The deadline for applications is 23rd May 2016. Shortlisting and interviews will take place between late May and mid-June.

Further details, and information on how to apply, can be found here.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015

last modified Oct 20, 2015 08:56 AM
The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of a Philip Leverhulme prize to Renaud Gagné, University Reader in Ancient Greek Literature and Religion. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.Each prize has a value of £100,000. Congratulations Renaud!

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.

Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences

last modified May 25, 2016 02:40 PM
Prof Mary Beard has been bestowed with the 2016 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences.

More information can be found HERE.

Professor Mary Beard awarded Bodley Medal

last modified Apr 06, 2016 09:53 AM
The Faculty notes with pleasure that Professor Mary Beard has been awarded the Bodley Medal at the Oxford Literary Festival on 5 April 2016.

A news article on the Bodleian Library & Radcliffe Camera's website can be found using the following link:

Professor of Comparative Philology

last modified Jan 20, 2016 02:41 PM
Dr James Clackson has been elected to the Professorship of Comparative Philology with effect from 1 October 2016. The Faculty extends its warm congratulations to him.

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.

Professorship of Comparative Philology

last modified Jul 13, 2015 01:47 PM
Applications are welcome for a Professorship of Comparative Philology from 01 October 2016.

Please click HERE for further details.

Project Archivist (Mycenae Archive)

last modified Jan 06, 2016 01:00 PM
The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Sophie Hawkins as temporary Archivist on the Mycenae Archive Project from 11 January 2016.

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".

University Lectureship in Classics (Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology)

last modified Mar 04, 2016 12:42 PM
Applications are welcome for a University Lectureship in Classics (Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology) from 01 September 2016. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

Video Competition Winners

last modified May 16, 2016 01:35 PM
Cambridge's own Mary Beard announces the winners of our Cambridge Ancient World Video competition for schools...

To view all the winning and shortlisted videos, please visit


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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