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Faculty of Classics


Albert is a Classicist specialising in the interaction between art and text in Graeco-Roman antiquity. His research focuses on Greek and Latin writing about art, and asks what it can teach us about how the visual, literary, and philosophical cultures of antiquity interacted.


Employment and Education

  • Research Fellow (2022-2025), Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge
  • PhD Classics (2018-2022), Christ's College, Cambridge
  • MPhil Classics (2016-2017), Wolfson College, Cambridge
  • MA Classics (2012-2016), St. Hilda's College, Oxford

Select Awards and Prizes

  • Graduate Student Paper Prize, International Ovidian Society (2022)
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council Doctoral Studentship (2018-2022)
  • Ibn Battutah Fund Doctoral Studentship (2018-2022)


  • The relationship between art and text in antiquity
  • Ecphrasis (the description of an artwork)
  • The historiography of ancient art
  • Ancient theories of sense-perception, imagination, and representation
  • The visuality of ancient philosophy
  • The literature and culture of the Roman Empire (esp. imperial Greek literature)


Key publications: 

Bates, A. (2021). ‘Philostratus Visualises the Philosophical: Imagines 2.23, Hercules furens and the Cataleptic Impression’. American Journal of Philology 142(1): 137-175

Other publications: 

Bates, A. (Forthcoming). Review of Thomas, J. J. (2021). Art, science, and the natural world in the Ancient Mediterranean, 300 BC - AD 100. Oxford: OUP. The Classical Review.

Teaching and Supervisions


I supervise papers in Greek & Latin Language & Literature and Art & Archaeology. I have previously taught Greek Language & Reading Classes for the Faculty of Classics as a Postgraduate Teaching Assistant.

Research Fellow in Classics
Sidney Sussex College
Not available for consultancy

Latest news

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.