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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

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 include: 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. 

 

Publications

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.

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Thole Research Fellow in Classics, Trinity Hall
Dr Max  Leventhal

Contact Details

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Not available for consultancy

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The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...

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The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.