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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.

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Sep 23, 2020

Professor Mary Beard is starting a new series of her Arts and Culture programme, now called "Inside Culture" on BBC2 (7.30 pm Thursday 24 Sept).

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Sep 09, 2020

Cambridge Classics maintains its place at the top of the Guardian league table

Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies: Professor Cartledge

Jul 27, 2020

The Faculty congratulates Professor Paul Cartledge on becoming President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies (the Hellenic Society) in June. Among his predecessors are Professor Easterling, Professor Osborne, and Professor Schofield.

Cambridge Classical Studies Series & Gold Open Access

Jul 01, 2020

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to have reached an agreement with Cambridge University Press by which, for the next three years, five volumes a year in the Cambridge Classical Studies Series (monographs on Classical topics written by academics working in or recently trained in Cambridge) will be published Gold Open Access without charge to the author or the Faculty. This is a significant initiative, designed to maximise the impact of the excellent Classical research being done in Cambridge.

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