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Dr Henry Spelman

Dr Henry Spelman

University Teaching Associate

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB2 9DA

Research Interests

Archaic and Classical Greek Poetry, Papyrology, Literary History

I came to Cambridge in 2016 after completing my DPhil at Oxford. My interests revolve around early Greek poetry and everything that helps us to understand it. 

Key Publications

Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence (2018; OUP)

‘Placing Aphrodite: Alcaeus fr. 296b and Horace C. 4.1’: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 189 (2014): 53-63.

‘Alcman 3 PMGF and Horace C. 2.8’: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 192 (2014): 23-8.

‘Zeus and the Maidens: Pindar fr. 94b.31-7’: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 192 (2014): 31-3.

‘Alcaeus 140’: Classical Philology 110 (2015): 353-60.

‘Simonides 21 IEG2’: Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 200 (2016): 33-5.

‘Sappho 44: Trojan Myth and Literary History’: Mnemosyne 70 (2017): 740-57. 

‘Borrowing Sappho’s Napkins: Sappho 101, Catullus 12, and Theocritus 28’: Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 109 (2017): 237-60.

‘Reading Agamemnon’s Mind in Euripides’ Hecuba’: Omnibus 73 (2017): 15-18.

‘Event and Artefact: The Hymn to Apollo, Archaic Lyric, and Early Greek Literary History’: in Textual Events: Performance and the Lyric in Early Greece ed. F. Budelmann and T. Phillips (2018): 151-71.

‘Heirs and Educators: Pindar in the Epitaph for Bion’: Hermes 146 (2018): 107-9.

‘Alcaeus’, ‘Alcman’, ‘Ibycus’: The Literary Encyclopedia (www.litencyc.com).

‘Pindar and the Epic Cycle’: The Journal of Hellenic Studies 138 (2018): 182-202.

‘Alcaeus’: in The Blackwell Companion to Greek Lyric ed. L. Swift (2019).

‘The View from Olympus: The Muses’ Song in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo’: Classical Quarterly (2019).

‘Staging Literary History in Old Comedy’: Classical Philology.

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Vacancy: Museum Education and Outreach Coordinator

Jun 06, 2019

Details of how to apply for this part time post are now available online. Closing date: Friday 5 July 2019.

2019 Gifford Lectures

Jun 04, 2019

Professor Beard's Gifford Lectures (University of Edinburgh), on The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics, are now available on line.

The Runciman Award 2019

May 13, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Robin Osborne is a recipient of the Runciman Award 2019 for 'The Transformation of Athens' (Princeton University Press).

Aldborough Roman Town Project Podcast

May 10, 2019

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