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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.

'Schools, reading and poetry in the early Greek world', Cambridge Classical Journal.

Upcoming events

Philology and Linguistics

Nov 13, 2019

1.11

Literature Seminar

Nov 13, 2019

1.04

Philosophy Seminar

Nov 14, 2019

1.11

The B Club

Nov 18, 2019

1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Nov 18, 2019

G.21

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Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History

Oct 30, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Caroline Vout has been appointed to the Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History, a visiting professorship at the University of Leiden. The appointment is for five years from Michaelmas 2019.

Myles Burnyeat

Sep 23, 2019

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 80, of Myles Burnyeat, Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy from 1984 to 1996, and honorary Fellow of Robinson, on Friday 20th September.

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).

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