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Student Profiles

Below are some profiles from graduates past and present. A list of our current graduate students (and their research interests) can be found here.


Past M.Phil Students

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" are given great independence to try out new ideas and write papers on a wide range of topics, and simultaneously receive strong support from your supervisor, other academics and the highly-integrated graduate community."

- Emma Greensmith (Greek Literature)

Emma Greensmith
Kyle Oksvig

"[Thanks] to additional opportunities on offer at the Faculty, my year has been really exceptional.  Specialist skills classes in numismatics and epigraphy, an exchange program that took me to Munich, a travel grant that allowed me to tour Roman-era sites in Israel… the list goes on."

- Kyle Oksvig (Ancient Philosophy)

"This MPhil is basically a research oriented programme, and it fits beautifully anyone who wants to think independently and critically and to learn how to do academic research at the highest level."

- Marius Portaru (Ancient Philosophy)

Marius Portaru


Past (and Present) Ph.D Students

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"...a supportive and stimulating environment in which to foster my academic development over the coming years."

- Chiara Blanco (Ancient History)

Chiara Blanco (PhD)

"Outstanding support from supervisors, lecturers and peers who will help you reach your full potential... Cambridge really is the perfect place for anyone interested in classical / historical linguistics".

- Robrecht Decorte (Linguistics)

"Under the umbrella of 'Classics', graduate students work on a fascinatingly diverse range of topics. This is one of the Faculty’s (many) strong points and never ceases to stimulate a wide array of conversation at graduate seminars – and in the pub afterwards."

- Maya Feile Tomes (Literature)

Feile Tomes
Rob Sing


"...the grad community in particular is so supportive, and we have a chance to share our research, not just at the weekly caucus seminars, but at weekly inter-disciplinary grad-only seminars. Get-togethers like this make clear the extraordinary strength of the department across virtually all areas of the classical past. "

- Rob Sing (Ancient History)

"I moved to Cambridge for my PhD in 2011. Having done my previous degrees in Scotland and Estonia, I was really excited, if also slightly daunted, by this change.

I very soon discovered that Cambridge is an ideal place to do a PhD".

- Laura Viidebaum (Literature)

Laura Viidebaum
Maria Kilby

"I didn't take the direct route through to the PhD - I worked for a few years in software development, websites and marketing after taking my BA here at Cambridge. But I never quite got Classics out of my system, so I decided to do a PhD. (One final degree - promise!)"

- Maria Kilby (Interdisciplinary)


"Having done my first degree in Germany, where the different sub-disciplines of Classics are scattered over a range of departments, I found the integration of the full range of Classical studies under one roof which the Faculty of Classics here in Cambridge is offering very stimulating."

- Georg Gerleigner ()

Georg Gerleigner


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Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

Vacancy - Research Associate (Archaeology)

Aug 30, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate (Archaeology) from 01 November 2016. For more information and details on how to apply, please see the Jobs & Vacancies page.

Celebrating Cambridge Classics

Aug 19, 2016

Tim Whitmarsh, A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, will deliver his Inaugural Lecture, “Oedipus the Atheist”, on Friday 14 October at 5pm in the Little Hall, Sidgwick Site. This begins a weekend of Classics celebrations including the Greek Play and a Symposium on Greek Drama at Newnham College.

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