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Tatiana Bur

Tatiana Bur

Supervisor: Professor Robin Osborne

College: Trinity College

Title of thesis: 'Manufacturing the Marvellous: Technology, Divine Presence and Religious Experience in the Graeco-Roman World’


Biography:

  • PhD Classics (2016-), Trinity College, University of Cambridge
  • MPhil Classics and Ancient History (2014-2016), University of Sydney
  • Dip Arts Greek and Latin (2013), University of Sydney
  • BA (Honours) Classics and Ancient History/Spanish and Latin American Studies (2009-2012), University of Sydney

Research Interests

  • Ancient Greek cultural history
  • Ancient Greek religion, especially anthropological approaches and constructions of the sacred
  • Ancient science and technology, especially mechanics
  • Hero of Alexandria
  • Texts and objects in Graeco-Roman culture
  • Material culture and theories of object agency and materiality

Research Supervision

I supervise undergraduate students for the faculty and various colleges across ancient language (GTA), ancient history, and art and archaeology.

Other Professional Activities

Council member for the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Society (2019-2020)

Co-organiser for the ‘Annual Meeting of Post-graduates in Ancient History’ (2019)

 I have given a number of lectures and workshops as part of widening access programmes, and am always very happy to get involved in such initiatives.

Key Publications

‘Mirrors and the Manufacture of Religious Aura in the Graeco-Roman world’ in M. Gerolemou and L. Diamantopoulou (eds) Mirrors and Mirroring from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period. Bloomsbury Academic.

Conference Papers

‘The importance of the construct in viewing religious automata’,  Technological Animation in Classical Antiquity, University of Exeter (December 2019).

‘The mēchanē and/as religious marvel’, ‘Classical Marvels’, University of St Andrews (May 2019).

‘Mechanisms of/and the sacred in Lucian’s Alexander’, Faculty of Classics Ancient History Seminar Series, University of Cambridge (February 2018).

‘Ancient Automata and Sensory Experience’, Classical Association Conference, University of Bristol (April 2015).

 Ancient Automata and Festival Processions’, Australasian Society for Classical Studies Conference, University of Adelaide (January 2015).

Upcoming events

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Apr 25, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

May 16, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Bridging Binaries LGBTQ+ tour

Jun 06, 2020

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

Upcoming events

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Building Closure

Mar 20, 2020

The Faculty Building is closed from 5 pm on Friday 20 March until further notice.

Coronavirus guidance

Feb 06, 2020

A link to the College and University guidance on the Coronavirus is available here

CREWS: Visiting Fellowship focused on the study of ancient writing systems

Jan 22, 2020

Details of how to apply for this Visiting Fellowship are now available online. The deadline for applications is 5pm GMT on Monday, 17th February 2020

Ted Kenney

Jan 02, 2020

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 95, of Ted Kenney, Kennedy Professor of Latin (from 1974 to 1982), on December 23rd 2019.

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