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Dr Philip Boyes

Dr Philip Boyes

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

CREWS Project
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Research Interests

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.

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

Upcoming events

Recitativo: Fragments - after Lucretius and Negri

Oct 20, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 21, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Incredible India: Sanskrit Myths and Truths

Oct 21, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

It's a Kind of Magic

Oct 24, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Faculty Archivist (part-time)

Oct 10, 2017

The Faculty wishes to recruit a part-time Archivist who will be responsible for the management and care of its archive collections

Kenyon Medal awarded to Joyce Reynolds

Sep 28, 2017

The Kenyon Medal in 2017 has been awarded to Joyce Reynolds FBA for her lifetime's contribution to the research and study of Roman epigraphy.

Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Details of the 2017 Faculty of Classics Postgraduate Open Day are now available online:

Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

Sep 12, 2017

The Times newspaper reports on excavations this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, conducted by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Greece/Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and of the British School at Athens/University of Cambridge

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