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Sofia Greaves

Sofia Greaves

Supervisor: Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill

College: Lucy Cavendish

Thesis title: Regenerating Rome: Antiquity, Race and the City in Italy (1860-1914)


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, and how modernists engaged with the ancient past as a strategy for renewal. My thesis investigates how public health stimulated a renewed study of the ancient world and its cities in particular. Both classical attitudes to the city, and its physical remains affected the construction of modern cities. Their reception produced a new image of the ancient city in turn. In Italy, the ancient Roman city was taken as a model, in order to regenerate the Italian race - my thesis examines how biological theories shaped infrastructural projects (from urban layout, to water systems, to the archaeological park in Rome) with the objective 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)

Research Supervision

  • Undergraduate supervision for the 'Rome the Very Idea', classical reception module
  • Lecturing on Italian fascism 

Other Professional Activities

  • Co-convenor for the Classical Reception Seminar Series
  • Editor, Graduate Blog: https://classicstopica.wixsite.com/topica 

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

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Jan 22, 2020

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