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Faculty of Classics



  • Since 2019: PhD Classics, Darwin College, University of Cambridge
  • 2017-2018: MPhil Classics, Corpus Christi College, University of Cambridge
  • 2016-2017: MA Ancient History, Universität Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2013-2016: BA Latin Literature, Universität Tübingen (Germany)
  • 2012-2015: BA History and Political Science, Universität Tübingen (Germany) and Université d'Aix-Marseille (France)

My PhD thesis explores Suetonius as a political writer. Focussing on those chapters in the 'Lives of the Caesars' that discuss an emperor's 'private' life (drinking habits, love affairs etc.), I examine the function of gossip in negotiating imperial power. My aim is a) to challenge the assumption that Suetonius is not interested in politics, b) to demonstrate how our interpretation of the Lives benefits from reading across them and c) to contribute to our understanding of political communication in Imperial Rome.


Other academic interests

  • Political culture of Ancient Rome
  • Theory and history of historiography
  • Reception of ancient thought in modern literature and philosophy (esp. existentialism)
Supervisor: Dr Christopher Whitton
College: Darwin College
Title of thesis (preliminary): The Politics of Gossip. Imperial Power in Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars
 Jannis Frederik Koltermann
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Publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon

13 April 2021

The much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on 22nd April 2021. Written by an editorial team based in the Faculty, the Cambridge Greek Lexicon , which has been twenty years in the making, covers the most widely read ancient literary texts, from Homer to the Hellenistic...

Professor Paul Cartledge receives one of Greece’s highest honours

13 April 2021

Professor Paul Cartledge, Emeritus A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, received the Commander of the Order of Honour (Ταξιάρχης τῆς Τιμῆς), for his 'contribution to enhancing Greece's stature abroad'. One of the highest honours the Greek state can give, Paul received the honour from the H. E. Ambassador to London...

Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

24 February 2021

Dr Renaud Gagné, Director of Undergraduate Studies, discusses the on-going challenges and adaptations made by the Faculty as the Covid-19 crisis continues and Lent term began under a renewed lockdown.

Research in Lockdown: fieldwork postponed

24 February 2021

Rachel Phillips describes some of the challenges faced during the pandemic by doctoral students engaged in full time research.