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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.