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Faculty of Classics

 

Contact us at greekinitaly@gmail.com, or find a member of the team using the links below.

 

Principal Investigator: Dr James Clackson

James CJames Clackson is a Reader in Comparative Philology and Director of Studies in Classics at Jesus College, Cambridge.

James has wide interests in the history of the Latin and Greek languages, ancient sociolinguistics and bilingualism, the languages and epigraphy of the ancient Mediterranean and comparative Indo-European studies.His past research includes work on Latin, Sabellian, Greek and Armenian, and includes The Blackwell History of the Latin Language, co-authored with Geoff Horrocks. On this project, his work will focus on the early history of the Latin language, including comparison in the treatment of Greek loanwords in Latin with that in other languages.

 

Co-Investigator: Prof. Geoff Horrocks

Geoff HGeoff Horrocks is Professor of Comparative Philology and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge.

He is the author of the seminal work Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers. He is particularly interested in theories of language structure and language change in their application to the Greek language in all its varieties from the earliest attestations in the second millennium BC to the present day. He also has a secondary interest in the development of Latin, both in its Italian context and in its relationships with other languages as it spread within the Roman empire, including contact with Greek.

 

Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Nick Zair

Nick Z

Nick Zair is a Research Fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Classics.

He is currently working on a book for Cambridge University Press about how Oscan-speakers in Ancient Italy used the Greek alphabet to write Oscan, and the relationship between speakers of Greek and Oscan. More generally, his research also deals with the history of the languages of Italy (Latin, Oscan, Umbrian, South Picene). Other research interests include the Celtic languages, Proto-Indo-European phonology and morphology, sound change and language grouping.

 

Affiliated Postdoctoral Researcher: Dr Katherine McDonald

Katherine MKatherine McDonald is Research Fellow in Classics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.

Her research is funded by Gonville and Caius. She has recently finished her PhD thesis on contact between South Oscan and Greek. During the project, she will expand on this work and deal with contact between Greek and Oscan, Messapic and Latin in Southern Italy. She is particularly interested in how modern theories of bilingualism and gender linguistics can be applied to ancient languages. She is also the Webmaster for the project.

Latest news

Corbett Lecture 2021, “Sympathy and the Problem of Nature”

6 October 2021

Professor Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, will deliver this year’s Corbett Lecture in G19 on Thursday October 21 at 5.00 p.m.

Collaboration between the Faculty of Classics and the University of Ghana

20 October 2021

We are proud to announce that the Faculty of Classics has established a collaborative link with the University of Ghana, generously funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research fund. Developing new connections with Ghana promises to open up new possibilities for research and teaching, which will be beneficial for both...

SOUNDING ALDBOROUGH 2021 Episode 1

19 October 2021

The podcast for Aldborough Roman Town , written and presented by Dr Rose Ferraby, is now available. See the project page for more information .

Onassis Foundation endowing a fellowship for the creation of a new post in Classics

12 October 2021

A new University post linked to Newnham will continue a College tradition of teaching, research, and taking Classics out into the wider world that goes back more than a century to Jane Harrison. Newnham College, Cambridge is launching the Onassis Classics Fellowship in order to secure a permanent position for the teaching...