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Dr Ailsa Hunt

Dr Ailsa Hunt

Temporary Lecturer in Classics (Ancient History)

Fitzwilliam College
Cambridge
CB3 0DG

Research Interests

Roman cultural history; Roman religion; the sacrality of trees in Roman culture; the word numen; Greco-Roman ecological thinking; divine names; the history of scholarship on Roman religon; classical reception in 20th and 21st century poetry.

Key Publications

Hunt, A. (forthcoming) Reviving Roman Religion: Sacred Trees in the Roman World (Cambridge Classical Studies, Cambridge University Press)

Hunt, A. (in press) ‘Arboreal Animists: the (ab)use of Roman Sacred Trees in Early Anthropology’ in The Classics and Early Anthropology (Brill)

Hunt, A. (2014) ‘Thought and Belief’ in Nicholls, M. ed. 30-Second Ancient Rome (Ivy Press) pp. 94-110

Hunt, A. (2014) ‘Pozzuoli of the heart: overlapping fragments of the classical past in the poetry of Jamie McKendrick’ CRJ 6.3 pp. 382-401 

Hunt, A. (2012) ‘Keeping the memory alive: the physical continuity of the ficus Ruminalis’ in Bommas, M., Harrisson, J. & Roy, P. eds. Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World (London) pp. 111-128

Hunt, A. (2011) ‘Priapus as wooden god: confronting manufacture and destruction’ CCJ 57 pp. 29-54

Hunt, A. (2010) ‘Elegiac Grafting in Pomona’s Orchard: Ovid, Metamorphoses 14.623-771’ MD 65 pp. 43-58

Upcoming events

Nudity and Adornment in Greek and Indian Art

Oct 17, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Recitativo: Fragments - after Lucretius and Negri

Oct 20, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 21, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Incredible India: Sanskrit Myths and Truths

Oct 21, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

It's a Kind of Magic

Oct 24, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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