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Dr Il-Kweon Sir

Dr Il-Kweon Sir

Leverhulme/INT Early Career Fellow


I am currently a Leverhulme Trust and Isaac Newton Trust Early Career Fellow at the Faculty of Classics (2020-) and Bye-Fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge. I completed my BA (2015) at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and MSt (2016) and DPhil (2020) at Merton College, Oxford before moving to Cambridge.

Research Interests

My research at present is focused on Greek and Latin lyric poetry and metres, but I am interested in most aspects of Greek and Latin language and literature.

My current project aims to provide, for the first time, a history of literary associations of Greek and Latin lyric metres from the 7th century BC to the 2nd century AD and to re-examine the relationship between metre and genre. I am also working to publish my doctoral thesis, ‘Lesbos’ Other Lyricist: Studies in Alcaeus’, which offers new literary approaches to Alcaeus’ poetry and a new text and apparatus of fragments edited from autopsy of papyri alongside textual and interpretative essays of the fragments.

Key Publications

'New Light on Alcaeus fr. 45', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 216 (2020), 1-8.

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

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

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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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