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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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The Roman and Islamic City in North Africa

Sep 29, 2017

McDonald Institute, seminar room

Nudity and Adornment in Greek and Indian Art

Oct 17, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Recitativo: Fragments - after Lucretius and Negri

Oct 20, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Big Saturday at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Oct 21, 2017

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

Incredible India: Sanskrit Myths and Truths

Oct 21, 2017

Room G.19, Faculty of Classics/Museum of Classical Archaeology

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Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

Sep 22, 2017

Details of the 2017 Faculty of Classics Postgraduate Open Day are now available online:

Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

Sep 12, 2017

A monumental Mycenaean rock-cut chamber tomb came to light this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, during the excavations conducted there by the Ministry of Culture & Sports of Greece/Ephorate of Antiquities of Boeotia and of the British School at Athens/University of Cambridge

Interamna Lirenas goes LIVE!

Aug 21, 2017

Follow the students of the Faculty of Classics as they excavate the Roman theatre at Interamna Lirenas.

Roman Britain

Aug 07, 2017

Faculty statement concerning ethnic diversity in Roman Britain

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