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Dr Robert Crellin

Dr Robert Crellin

Research Associate, Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS)


Research Interests

My research interests span Indo-European and Semitic language groups. I am currently employed on the Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS) ERC funded project at the Faculty of Classics in Cambridge. My project concerns the analysis of the diachronic and diatopic development of the Phoenician and Punic writing systems using a variety of computational and typological approaches.
I have previously worked on the syntax and semantics of the Greek verb system, especially the perfect, Greek prepositions as part of the Greek Lexicon Project at Cambridge, and the translation of the verb system in early Bible translations, especially as a means both of accessing how the syntax and semantics of Greek were understood in antiquity and of comparing the manifestation of syntactic and semantic categories across a number of ancient languages. I am currently co-editing a volume on the function and semantics of the perfect in Indo-European languages.

Key Publications

2018, “Introduction to the Persian Harmony of the Gospels”, in M. Hassanabadi, R. Jahani and C. Jahani (eds.), A Unified Gospel in Persian. (Studia Iranica Upsaliensia, 33.) Uppsala: Uppsala Universitet. http://www.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1197345&dswid=6581

2016, The Syntax and Semantics of the Perfect in Literary Koine Greek. (Publications of the Philological Society, 113), Chichester: Wiley Blackwell, 276pp. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/1467968x/2015/113/S1

2014, "The Greek perfect through Gothic eyes: evidence for the existence of a unitary semantic for the Greek perfect in New Testament Greek", Journal of Greek Linguistics 14: 5-42. http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/15699846-01401002;jsessionid=6051pafflhk4n.x-brill-live-02

2012, "Basics of Verbal Aspect in Biblical Greek", Journal for the Study of the New Testament 35 (2): 196-202. http://jnt.sagepub.com/content/35/2/196.refs

2011, "Review of (S.J.) Bakker ‘The Noun Phrase in Ancient Greek. A Functional Analysis of the Order and Articulation of NP Constituents in Herodotus.’", The Classical Review 61 (2): 394-6. http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=8365387&fileId=S0009840X11000886

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A Fellow of Trinity from 1958, and Secretary of Trinity College Council for very many years, John was a University Assistant Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) before he was appointed to the Office of University Draftsman at the Old Schools. John died on 23 February after a long illness.

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Rebecca Flemming has been appointed a Joukowsky Lecturer

Feb 23, 2021

Dr Rebecca Flemming, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Jesus College, has been appointed as a Joukowsky Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for 2020-21. Rebecca also recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time discussing the Justinianic Plague.

Gates scholarship

Feb 11, 2021

The Faculty congratulates Emeline McClellan from the University of Georgia on winning a highly competitive US Gates scholarship for pursuing the MPhil in Classics at Cambridge.

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