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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

  • BA Classics, Durham University (2012-2015) First 
  • MA Fine art and Decorative Design, Sotheby's Institute (2016-2017) Distinction
  • Phd Classics (2017-) Impact of the Ancient City Project (ERC), University of Cambridge

I work on the classical reception in the nineteenth century. My thesis researches how urban planners engaged with the ancient past as a strategy for renewal. Both classical attitudes to the city, and the physical remains of Greco-Roman cities affected the construction of modern cities and vice versa. I investigate how public health stimulated a renewed study of the ancient world and its cities amongst both planners and archaeologists, who affected each other's image of the past. The thesis examines this double reception through engineering treatises, architectural manuals and city plans. I show how modern city planning in Italy took the ancient Roman city as a conceptual model in order to regenerate the Italian race. Biological theories shaped infrastructural objectives and projects (from urban layout, to water systems, to the archaeological park in Rome). The Italians sought to make new 'Romans'. 

My Phd is part of the ERC funded 'Impact of the Ancient City' Project. More information is below. 

Other Academic Interests

  • Fascist urban planning
  • Spatial syntax and language planning
  • Utopia
  • Early 20th century Italian Modernism (Futurism, Giorgio de Chirico)
  • British Modernism and Classicism (Vorticism, Edward Wadsworth, John Armstrong)

Publications

Key publications: 
  • 'Renewing Neapolis; modernisation in late nineteenth century Naples,” in Remembering and Forgetting the Ancient City. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2020. [Forthcoming]
  • 'Modern and Ancient Grids. To be, or not be Rome," Rome and the Colonial City. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2020. [Forthcoming]

Papers

  • "Re-imagining the Grid in the Nineteenth Century. To be, or not to be Rome," The British School at Rome, Rome, January 2020 

  • "Antiquity and Purity in Nineteenth Century Rome," Ludwig University of Munich, February 2020

  • "Ideal cities. The intersect of urban planning and archaeology in Rome, 1870-1914", Ecole Francaise, Rome, October 2019

  • "Subversive Classicism. Giorgio de Chirico and the British modernists," Cambridge University, March 2019

  • "Ideals of the ancient city. Urban planning in Paris, Barcelona, and Naples," Cambridge University, March 2019

  • "Futurism and the ancient city," Graduate Interdisciplinary Seminar, Cambridge University, March 2019

Blog

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 
  • Undergraduate supervision for the 'Rome the Very Idea', classical reception module
  • Lecturing on Italian fascism 
Supervisor: Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill
College: Lucy Cavendish
Thesis title: Ideal cities: the ancient city and the modern city in Italy (1860-1914)
 Sofia  Greaves
Not available for consultancy

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Latest news

The Cambridge Greek Lexicon

10 May 2021

A celebration of the publication of the much-anticipated Cambridge Greek Lexicon on YouTube. Emeritus Professor James Diggle, Editor-in-Chief, details the background and highlights of the project. Pippa Steele, Gábor Betegh, Hannah Willey, Richard Hunter and Carrie Vout each offer brief reflections on an individual Greek...

Athena SWAN

10 May 2021

The Faculty is pleased to announce that its application for an Athena SWAN Bronze Award has been successful.

The Museum of Classical Archaeology invites applications for a Collections Engagement Intern

6 May 2021

The Museum of Classical Archaeology invites applications for a Collections Engagement Intern. This is a paid opportunity. Length of Internship 2.5 days per week for 12 weeks. The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 7 June 2021. Purpose of Internship The intern will help us to clean and transfer the data we hold on...

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is reopening on Tuesday 18 May

29 April 2021

We are pleased to announce that the Museum of Classical Archaeology intends to reopen to the public on Tuesday 18 May. We have missed our visitors and are excited to welcome you back as restrictions ease. Opening Hours Tuesday-Friday: 11am-2pm Saturday: 2-5pm ( university-term only ) Sunday and Monday: Closed Bank Holidays...