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Albert Bates

Albert Bates

Supervisor: Professor Caroline Vout

College: Christ's College

Thesis Title: The Mythology of Ecphrasis in Rome and Roman Greece (50 BC - 500 AD)


  • 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

Research Interests

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

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.

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor for Writing the Embodied Experience in Imperial Ecphrasis (September 2019):

Key Publications

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

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Upcoming events

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Spring 2021 Sather Series to include Mary Beard and MM McCabe

Jan 22, 2021

This year’s annual series of Sather Lectures will be delivered virtually by four previous Sather Professors, including Mary Beard, Professor of Classics and Fellow of Newnham College and MM McCabe, Professor of Ancient Philosophy Emerita, King's College London, and Honorary Fellow of Jesus College.

Access & Outreach coordinator

Jan 18, 2021

Details of how to apply for this post are now available online. Closing date 11 February 2021.

Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

Jan 13, 2021

An online corpus of more than 2,000 inscriptions in Greek and Latin of the Roman period from Cyrenaica (eastern Libya), of which Joyce Reynolds is the Principal Author has been published to mark her 102nd birthday.

Dr. Neil Hopkinson

Jan 08, 2021

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of Dr. Neil Hopkinson (1957–2021).

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