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Martin Szoke

Martin Szoke

Department: Faculty of Classics

Supervisor: Rebecca Flemming

College: St John's College

Title of thesis: Politics and the Past in the Age of Nerva and Trajan


Before embarking on the PhD, I did both my BA and MPhil at Cambridge. My PhD  thesis examines how the memory of the emperor Domitian (81-96) was made and unmade in the aftermath of his assassination, and what role it played during the reign of his successors Nerva (96-98) and Trajan (98-117). My wider interests include Flavian poetry, the literature of the Nervan-Antonine period (in particular Pliny the Younger and Tacitus), the relationship between historiography and epigraphy, and memory studies. In addition, I am also interested in contemporary politics (which furnish surprisingly many parallels to my period of study- for example, I find that the Romans would have been no stranger to the phenomenon of "fake news"  .)

Research Interests

Domitian, Pliny, Tacitus, Memory, Historiography and Epigraphy

Research Supervision

I supervise undergraduate students in Ancient History and Latin Language.

Key Publications

‘Condemning Domitian or un-damning themselves ? Tacitus and Pliny on the Domitianic “reign of terror” ’, Illinois Classical Studies 44.2 (2019), pp. 430-452.

‘An Age of Post-Truth Politics ? Making and Unmaking Memory in Pliny’s Panegyricus’, in M. de Marre & R. Bhola (edd.), Making and Unmaking Ancient  Memory (500 BCE – 500 CE), Routledge, London (forthcoming).

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Publication of the Cambridge Greek Lexicon

Mar 31, 2021

The much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon will be published by Cambridge University Press (CUP) on 8th April 2021.

Professor Paul Cartledge receives one of Greece’s highest honours

Mar 30, 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'.

Teaching Classics in the time of Covid-19

Mar 02, 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

Mar 01, 2021

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

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