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Dr Max Leventhal

Dr Max Leventhal

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Thole Research Fellow in Classics, Trinity Hall

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

Biography:

I am a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall and a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Classics. I was an undergraduate at Durham University and a postgraduate at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. I am working on a project which aims to re-evaluate the Letter of Aristeas, a text describing the translation of the Hebrew Torah into Greek, and to demonstrate its importance for Jewish and Greek literary history.

Research Interests

My research broadly circles around Hellenistic Greek literature with a particular focus on scientific literature and Second Temple Jewish literature. I am interested in exploring ancient conceptualizations of literary and textual culture (e.g. ideas of authorship, of textual unity and originality, of reading practices) and modern (mis)uses and (mis)understandings of these notions.

While my central project focuses on the Letter of Aristeas, current side-projects at various stages include: a short book on number in Classical poetry; a re-evaluation of the Laus Pisonis; a study of the proem of Ps.-Manetho Apotelesmatica Book 5; and an analysis of the Hellenistic background to the pseudo-virgilian Culex.

I would be happy to present on any of these topics as well as to discuss my work more informally. 

 

Key Publications

(2017) ‘Eratosthenes’ Letter to Ptolemy: The Literary Mechanics of Empire’, American Journal of Philology 138: 43-84.

(2015) ‘Counting on Epic: Mathematical Poetry and Homeric Epic in Archimedes’ Cattle Problem’, Ramus 44: 200-221.

Upcoming events

The B Club

Nov 18, 2019

1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Nov 18, 2019

G.21

Classical Archaeology Seminar

Nov 19, 2019

1.04

Philology and Linguistics

Nov 20, 2019

1.11

Literature Seminar

Nov 20, 2019

1.04

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