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Faculty of Classics



  • MA Classics (2012-2016), St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • MPhil Classics (2016-2017), Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
  • PhD Classics (2018-), Christ’s College, University of Cambridge


  • Ecphrasis and visual-verbal relations
  • Philostratus’ Imagines 
  • Phantasia in rhetoric and philosophy 
  • Optics and aesthetics
  • The historiography of Graeco-Roman art
  • Gaze theory


Key publications: 

Bates, A. (forthcoming, 2021). ‘Philostratus Visualises the Philosophical: Imagines 2.23, Hercules furens and the Cataleptic Impression’. American Journal of Philology.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

I teach Greek language and reading classes for the Faculty of Classics as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (undergraduate and MPhil); and Greek and Latin language and literature for Christ’s College.

Supervisor: Professor Caroline Vout
College: Christ's College
Thesis Title: The Mythology of Ecphrasis in Rome and Roman Greece (50 BC - 500 AD)
 Albert  Bates
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Latest news

The Faculty invites applications for a two-year Lectureship in Classics (Greek Literature)

19 April 2021

The Faculty invites applications for a two-year Lectureship in Classics (Greek Literature) from 1st September 2021. The deadline for applications is Monday 16th May 2021 . Applications from those currently completing PhDs in any area of Greek literature, as well as from post-doctoral scholars will be welcomed. Further...

Professor Paul Cartledge receives one of Greece’s highest honours

13 April 2021

Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, received the Commander of the Order of Honour (Ταξιάρχης τῆς Τιμῆς), for his 'contribution to enhancing Greece's stature abroad'. One of the highest honours the Greek state can give, Paul received the honour from the H. E. Ambassador to London...

Publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon

13 April 2021

The much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on 22nd April 2021. Written by an editorial team based in the Faculty, the Cambridge Greek Lexicon , which has been twenty years in the making, covers the most widely read ancient literary texts, from Homer to the Hellenistic...

Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

24 February 2021

Dr Renaud Gagné, Director of Undergraduate Studies, discusses the on-going challenges and adaptations made by the Faculty as the Covid-19 crisis continues and Lent term began under a renewed lockdown.