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Charlie Pemberton

Charlie Pemberton

Supervisor: Professor Caroline Vout

College: Newnham

Thesis (preliminary): The aesthetic experiences of Graeco-Roman sculpture and painting


I am a first-year PhD student at Newnham College, where I also completed my BA and MPhil degrees. My current research involves tapping into the sensory potential of figurative art via Greek and Roman literature. I am interested in how ancient authors acknowledged and exploited the unique experiential power of sculpture and (/vs) painting.

Research Interests

• Visual narratives

• Classics and the sensory turn

• Ecphrasis and visual-verbal relations

• Ancient and modern sculptural display 

• Greek and Roman funerary art

Other Professional Activities

• Co-convenor, Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (Lent Term 2021)

• Co-organiser, Visual Culture Reading Group, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (2020-2021)

Key Publications

Conference and Seminar Papers 

• 'Seeing Statius' Silvae', Classics Research Seminar Series, Newnham College, University of Cambridge (May 2020)

• 'Sleeping Beauty? Re-evaluating the roles of Selene and Endymion on Roman sarcophagi', Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge (November 2020)

• Respondent to N. Weiss, 'Dustheatos: the phenomenology of pain in Prometheus Bound', Sensing Greek Drama: Then and Now, conference hosted by the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge (January 2021)

Access and Outreach 

• Interview on the Bassai frieze: (January 2021)

• 'Power, Pathos and Parody in Greek and Roman Art', presentation based on set sources for OCR GCSE Classical Civilisation 

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Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

Mar 02, 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.

Research in Lockdown: fieldwork postponed

Mar 01, 2021

Rachel Phillips describes some of the challenges faced during the pandemic by doctoral students engaged in full time research.

Unveiling the Invisible: Analysing Roman pottery

Feb 25, 2021

Archaeologists Alessandro Launaro, Senior Lecturer, and Ninetta Leone, Research Associate, have been working as members of the Cambridge MACH group to develop mathematical approaches to the classification of Roman pottery, part of the “Unveiling the Invisible” project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of John Easterling

Feb 23, 2021

A Fellow of Trinity from 1958, and Secretary of Trinity College Council for very many years, John was a University Assistant Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) before he was appointed to the Office of University Draftsman at the Old Schools. John died on 23 February after a long illness.

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