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Dr Helen Van Noorden

Dr Helen Van Noorden

Wrigley Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Girton College

Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Classics

Girton College

Office Phone: 01223 767500 (Faculty), 760350 (College)

Research Interests

Greek and Roman intellectual culture, especially responses to Hesiod and to Plato; 'apocalyptic' and eschatological literature in the Hellenistic and Roman worlds.

Other Professional Activities

Secretary and Cambridge representative on the Management Committee of the annual JACT Greek summer school at Bryanston

Key Publications


Eschatology in Antiquity (ed., with Marlow, H. & Pollmann, K.) (in progress) Routledge. [45 chapters]

Playing Hesiod: The 'Myth of the Races' in Classical Antiquity (2014). Cambridge.

Articles and chapters

'The Ecology of the Sibylline Oracles’, in Hunt, A. & Marlow, H. (eds.) (forthcoming 2018) Greening the Gods. Bloomsbury.

‘Locating Hesiod's daimones: above and below, near and far’, in Bakola, E., & Lunn-Rockliffe, S. (eds.) (forthcoming 2018) Locating the daimonic: daimones, space and place in the ancient Greek world. CHS/Ashgate.

‘Didactic and apocalyptic turns: clarity and obscurity, Homer and Hesiod in the Sibylline Oracles’, in Canevaro, L-G., & O’Rourke, D. (eds.) (forthcoming 2017) Didactic Poetry: Knowledge, Power, Tradition. Swansea.

‘Hesiod transformed, parodied and assaulted: Hesiod in the Second Sophistic and early Christian thought’, in Loney, A. & Scully, S. (eds.) (forthcoming 2017) The Oxford Handbook of Hesiod. Oxford.

'Philosophical traces in the Sibylline Oracles', in Klostergaard Peterson, A. & van Kooten, G. (eds.) (2017) Religio-Philosophical Discourses in the Mediterranean World. Leiden. 103-25

'Aratus', in Oxford Bibliographies Online: Classics. Ed. Dee Clayman. Oxford University Press, 25-11-2011. Update published 28-3-2014. 

'Hesiod’s Races and your own: Socrates' 'Hesiodic' project', in Boys-Stones, G. & Haubold, J. (eds.) (2010) Plato and Hesiod. Oxford. 179-99

'Aratus' Maiden and the Source of Belief' in Harder, M.A., Regtuit, Regtuit, R. F. & Wakker, G. C. (eds.) (2009) Nature and Science in Hellenistic Poetry. Leuven. 255-75

Outreach publication

'Long-range perspectives in the Iliad(2015) Omnibus 69.4-6

Upcoming events

Aesop's Forest: The Owl and the Grasshopper

Apr 04, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Art Blast

Apr 05, 2018

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

J.H Gray Lectures 2018

May 08, 2018

Upcoming events

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Senior Research Fellowship, All Souls College, Oxford

Feb 28, 2018

The Faculty congratulates Dr Lucia Prauscello, Reader in Greek Literature and Language, on her appointment to a Senior Research Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford.

Fixed-Term University Lectureship in Classics (Classical Linguistics and Comparative Philology)

Feb 09, 2018

Details of how to apply for this fixed-term post are available online. Closing date 7 March 2018.

Julius Caesar Revealed - BBC one

Feb 09, 2018

Mary Beard looks into some of the big questions surrounding one of the most prominent rulers in history.

Dr Yannis Galanakis elected to The Archaeological Society at Athens

Feb 08, 2018

Dr Galanakis has been elected to a regular membership of The Archaeological Society at Athens, the oldest archaeological organisation in Greece established in 1837.

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