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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

The East Mediterranean and especially the Levant in the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age; trade and cultural interaction; the archaeology of writing systems.

As a member of the CREWS Project led by Dr Philippa Steele, my postdoctoral work explores the context of writing at Ugarit, and especially the creation and use of the Ugaritic alphabetic cuneiform script in the Late Bronze Age. It will combine archaeological, epigraphic and linguistic approaches to situate Ugaritic writing within its social and cultural context and explore its relationship to other Levantine writing systems.

My doctoral research, ‘Social Change in “Phoenicia” in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age transition’ assessed the area corresponding roughly to modern Lebanon from around the 13th to 10th centuries BC and examined social change; in particular the region’s relationship to the wider picture of ‘collapse’ and instability in the East Mediterranean at this time. Theoretical issues considered included the nature and definitions of social change, methodologies for exploring poorly-attested archaeological periods, and the use of textual sources in early historical periods.

Publications

Key publications: 

Social Change in ‘Phoenicia’ in the Late Bronze/Early Iron Age Transition. PhD Dissertation. University of Cambridge (2013). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17863/CAM.4927

‘“The King of the Sidonians”: Phoenician Ideologies and the Myth of the Kingdom of Tyre-Sidon’. Bulletin of the American Schools of Oriental Research 365, 33-44 (2012) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5615/bullamerschoorie.365.0033

Research Associate, ERC ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project
Dr Philip  Boyes

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Latest news

Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...

Vacancy: Administrative Assistant

19 July 2022

Details of how to apply for this post are now available online: https://www.jobs.cam.ac.uk/job/35906/ Closing date: 12 August 2022.

Teaching Associate in Ancient History

7 July 2022

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Ben Kolbeck as Teaching Associate in Ancient History. Dr Kolbeck will join the Faculty on 1 September 2022.

Regius Professorship of Greek

3 June 2022

The Board of Electors to the Regius Professorship of Greek invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 September 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. For more information see details here. Closing date: 2 September 2022