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Greek and Latin Literature (A)

Widely recognized as one of the most intellectually innovative centres for the study of Greek and Latin literature, Cambridge is characterised by an atmosphere of lively debate and collective enterprise. Members of the A Caucus work on the whole range of ancient authors and their cultural contexts, from Homer to Isidore. Our strengths include cultural poetics, comparative literature, gender studies, palaeography, reception studies and the study of texts and their transmission (this is, after all, the home of the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series).
The weekly literary seminar is a renowned forum for discussion of ancient literature and provides an important social as well as intellectual focus; leading international scholars present their research, as well as graduate students and faculty.
We also offer excellent resources for postgraduate study. For example, MPhil students have their own weekly seminar (where they are introduced to textual criticism, bibliographical methods and theoretical approaches) and they present work in progress both there and at an interdisciplinary seminar for all graduates. Cambridge PhD students have been instrumental in extending the annual joint Oxbridge graduate conference (AMPAL) to the whole of the UK. A constant stream of visitors from around the world makes Cambridge an especially stimulating place to study ancient literature.
The influence of Cambridge in this field has spread far and wide. Cambridge Classics PhDs who hold senior posts in the UK and beyond include Danielle Allen (Institute for Advanced Study), Susanna Morton Braund (Vancouver), Monica Gale (TCD), Roy Gibson (Manchester), Mark Griffith (Berkeley), Stephen Hinds (Seattle), Duncan Kennedy (Bristol), Jim McKeown (Madison), Alison Sharrock (Manchester), Tim Whitmarsh (Oxford), Gareth Williams (Columbia), Peter Wilson (Sydney) and Maria Wyke (UCL).

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Unveiling the Invisible: Analysing Roman pottery

Feb 25, 2021

Archaeologists Alessandro Launaro, Senior Lecturer, and Ninetta Leone, Research Associate, have been working as members of the Cambridge MACH group to develop mathematical approaches to the classification of Roman pottery, part of the “Unveiling the Invisible” project funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of John Easterling

Feb 23, 2021

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.

Facilitating school visits and learning Latin with MoCA

Feb 23, 2021

Justyna Ladosz, Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, explains how she continues to facilitate lessons for school groups whilst the Museum remains closed, and how the Faculty’s students continue to deliver the Learn Latin with MoCA project.

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.

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