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Roger Dawe

last modified Feb 17, 2020 12:18 PM
It is with sadness that we report the death of Roger Dawe, former University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Trinity since 1963. Roger was a memorable lecturer and a scholar of strong, often unorthodox, opinions, who made major contributions to the study of the text and transmission of the tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles.

The Corbett Lecture 2019: Rescheduled to Saturday 22nd February

last modified Feb 12, 2020 12:55 PM
Due to strike action in Michaelmas Term and proposed strike action in Lent Term The Corbett Lecture will now take place on Saturday 22nd February, 5pm in G.19 Faculty of Classics

Professor Josephine Crawley Quinn, Professor of Ancient History at University of Oxford, will be giving the lecture entitled Arts of Not Being Governed: Anarchist Approaches to the Ancient Mediterranean. All are welcome. 

Coronavirus guidance

last modified Feb 06, 2020 05:02 PM
A link to the College and University guidance on the Coronavirus is available here

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

last modified Jan 22, 2020 10:17 AM
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

Applications are invited for a Visiting Fellowship with the ERC-funded Project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS, grant no. 677758), which is based in the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge. For further details please follow the link given below:

https://crewsproject.wordpress.com/visiting-fellowship-scheme/

 

Ted Kenney

last modified Jan 02, 2020 04:51 PM
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.

Ted Kenney’s death on December 23rd 2019 at the age of 95 deprives Cambridge’s Faculty of Classics of one of its longest serving members and the wider classical world of one of its finest scholars. After a year as Assistant Lecturer in Leeds (1951–2), Ted spent the whole of his career in Cambridge, first as Research Fellow of Trinity (1952–3) and then as Fellow of Peterhouse (1953–91); in the Faculty of Classics he was successively Assistant Lecturer, Lecturer, Reader, and Kennedy Professor of Latin, holding that chair from 1974 until his retirement in 1982. Ted was one of those whose pioneering insistence that classical literature should be analysed and appreciated and not merely translated played a major part in the transformation of the syllabuses of British classical departments in the 1960s and 1970s. Equally influential has been The Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, which Ted founded with Pat Easterling in the 1960s and with which he continued to be involved until 2014; now running to over 110 volumes, the series has provided many of the texts read by undergraduates with exegesis that is literary as well as grammatical and factual. At the heart of Ted’s own scholarly work was his lucid and sure-footed editing of, and commentating on, classical Latin texts. He edited Ovid’s amatory poetry and some of the Appendix Vergiliana for the Oxford Classical Texts, and he published commentaries (with accompanying freshly edited texts) on Ovid’s ‘double’ Heroides and Metamorphoses books 7–9, the pseudo-Virgilian Moretum, the tale of Cupid & Psyche in Apuleius’ Metamorphoses, and Lucretius book III. The Classical Text, the published version of his Sather lectures, is a history of editing from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. No one did more than Ted to foster the renewed scholarly interest in Ovid that began in the second half of the twentieth century. Ted’s impeccable knowledge of Latin and his wide learning in both the Classics and more generally in humane culture inspired awe and some trepidation in many of those who met him for the first time, but (as scores of contributors to the Greek and Latin Classics testify) he was extremely generous with his time in helping young and old alike, and to all a correspondent with a ready wit. Friend to many, retired for longer than he was in post but still publishing after his ninetieth birthday, and a marvellous source of anecdote about Cambridge and Classics in his long lifetime, Ted represented an ideal of a classical uiridis senectus. The Faculty sends its sincerest condolences and best wishes to Anne and to all those close to him.

Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History

last modified Oct 30, 2019 08:42 AM
The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Caroline Vout has been appointed to the Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History, a visiting professorship at the University of Leiden. The appointment is for five years from Michaelmas 2019.

2019 Gifford Lectures

last modified Jun 04, 2019 04:45 PM
Professor Beard's Gifford Lectures (University of Edinburgh), on The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics, are now available on line.

Follow the link below for videos of the six Gifford Lectures delivered by Professor Beard at the University of Edinburgh from 6 - 30 May 2019:

https://www.giffordlectures.org/lectures/ancient-world-and-us-fear-and-loathing-enlightenment-and-ethics

The Runciman Award 2019

last modified May 13, 2019 05:03 PM
The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Robin Osborne is a recipient of the Runciman Award 2019 for 'The Transformation of Athens' (Princeton University Press).

The award have been made to two joint winners on this occasion.

read here for more details

Aldborough Roman Town Project Podcast

last modified May 10, 2019 10:55 AM
Follow progress on the Aldborough Roman Town Project via their podcast.

https://soundcloud.com/soundingaldborough

 

For more information on the project, READ HERE.

Museum Closure on Mondays

last modified Mar 20, 2019 10:23 AM
The Museum of Classical Archaeology will close on Mondays, beginning Monday 29 April 2019.

MOCA's Cast Gallery will continue to be open to the public as normal 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-1pm on Saturdays during University term-time.

However, this significant change will allow the Museum to facilitate important collections care projects. Although we realise this decision will impact on access to our collection, we thank visitors for their support in this decision as we move to prioritise and preserve our objects for future generations.

J. Paul Getty Medal

last modified Jan 25, 2019 08:13 AM
The Faculty is delighted to report that Mary Beard has been named as one of this year's recipients of the J. Paul Getty Medal. See weblink for further information.

Ingo Gildenhard and John Henderson's new publication

last modified Oct 07, 2019 10:17 AM
The new course book on Virgil, Aeneid 11 (Pallas & Camilla) includes Latin text, study aids with vocabulary, and commentary.

Tailored to the OCR Latin AS and A Level specifications 2019–2021, the book offers the original Latin text, vocabulary aids, study questions, and an extensive commentary. Designed to stretch and stimulate readers, it extends beyond detailed linguistic analysis to encourage critical engagement with Virgil’s poetry and the most recent scholarly thought.

Read more and buy the book HERE. Or read the book online HERE.

2019 Outreach event list

last modified Nov 22, 2018 10:10 AM
We have now released details of the Outreach events that the Faculty of Classics that will be hosting or participating in during 2019.

For more details on any of these events, please feel free to visit the EVENTS section of our Greeks Romans and Us website or if you have any questions, please email them to 

We post regular updates on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages as well, to ensure you are kept up to date with what is going on at the events and when booking will open. 2019 Outreach event list pg 1

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

last modified Jun 27, 2018 09:22 AM
The Cambridge Philological Society is pleased to announce the establishment of a prize for the best submitted article by a graduate student or early-career researcher.

The Council of the Cambridge Philological Society has agreed to establish an annual prize competition for the best submitted article under 10,000 words by a graduate student or early-career researcher, with £1,000 awarded to the winner. The winner will also have their article published in the Society's journal, the Cambridge Classical Journal.

Eligible submissions will fall within one or more area(s) in Classical Studies chosen annually by the Council. For 2019 (that is for publication in CCJ vol. 65) and 2020 (that is for publication in CCJ vol. 66), these will be Classical Archaeology and/or Ancient History.

The regulations for the competition may be consulted HERE.

The closing date for submissions for 2019 is 15 January 2019 and for 2020 is 15 January 2020.

Life After Classics: alumni profiles

last modified Jun 20, 2018 01:02 PM
Our Classics alumni give us an insight into their lives after studying Classics at Cambridge.

We are very proud of our Alumni community and what they have all gone on to achieve. This is why we have added a new page to our website where you can read through some alumni profiles. Here they tell us, in their own words, a bit about their lives and work following their Cambridge studies.

It is truly inspiring to see all of the fascinating work and achievements of our Classics Alumni and great for potential Classics applicants to see just how enriching studying Classics can be and the diverse range of opportunities that can follow.

Read more HERE.

Cambridge Classics Ancient Worlds Video Competition 2018

last modified Jun 18, 2018 09:33 AM
Have a look through the winning video entries from some high school classicists this year!

We have counted down the finalists and announced our winner for this year's Video Competition! There were some really brilliant and imaginative entries and we thoroughly enjoyed watching them all. Thank you to all of those involved and, if you have not yet, please have a look through them. 

The competition takes place every year and is open to students from years 9-13. To read more about it have a look on the Greeks, Romans and Us page HERE. It is a fantastic and exciting way to allow students to get creative with the Classics and we have had some brilliant and original entries this year. Have a look at some of them HERE.

Guardian University league tables 2019

last modified May 29, 2018 02:44 PM
Cambridge has topped the Classics table in The Guardian 'league tables' 2019. Details are available online.

Professor Emily Gowers: Sather Lectures

last modified Mar 27, 2018 08:58 AM
The Faculty offers its warmest congratulations to Professor Emily Gowers who has been invited to deliver The Sather Lectures at Berkeley in 2021/2.

For more information on the Sather Professors see here

Archaeology Book of the Year Award

last modified Dec 20, 2017 02:07 PM
Details of how to vote are now available online.

Professor Millett's co-edited book, 'The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain' 2016 (M. Millett, L.Revell and A. Moore) has been shortlisted for the Current Archaeology book of the Year Award. Voting for the awards (open to everyone) went live on 1st December on www.archaeology.co.uk/vote,  – and is open until 5th February. The winners will be announced at the Current Archaeology Live! 2018 conference, held at the University of London's Senate House on 23-24 February.

The Cambridge Greek Play 2019

last modified Dec 13, 2017 11:06 AM
The Cambridge Greek Play for 2019 has been announced.

‘We are pleased to announce that the 2019 Cambridge Greek Play will be Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus, directed by Daniel Goldman. Sophocles’ tragedy about the last days of Oedipus, now blind and exiled, is one of the greatest plays about old age, the bearing of life's horror, and the transcendence of the ordinary.

Daniel Goldman is known for his imaginative theatre work in several languages with his Tangram Theatre Company and beyond, and is looking forward to the exciting challenge of staging Sophocles in the original Greek.’

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To read more about the Cambridge Greek Play and it's fascinating history, please click HERE.

Roman Britain

last modified Aug 07, 2017 01:55 PM
Faculty statement concerning ethnic diversity in Roman Britain

Roman Britain has long been an important part of the teaching and research in the Faculty of Classics. The question of ethnic diversity in the province has been getting unusual amounts of attention recently. Professor Mary Beard has been at the centre of some of this attention. In the Faculty we welcome and encourage public interest in, and reasoned debate about, the ancient world, such as Professor Beard has always sought to encourage. The evidence is in fact overwhelming that Roman Britain was indeed a multi-ethnic society. This was not, of course, evenly spread through the province, and it would have been infinitely more noticeable — it can be assumed — in an urban or military context than in a rural one. There are, however, still significant gaps in our understanding. New scientific evidence (including but not limited to genetic data) offers exciting ways forward, but it needs to be interpreted carefully.

We do hope participants in the public discussion and others will want to learn more about this subject. You may wish to consult:

H. Eckardt (ed.) 2010. Roman Diasporas: Archaeological Approaches to Mobility and Diversity in the Roman Empire. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement 78.

H. Eckardt and G. Mundler 2016. ‘Mobility, Migration and Diasporas in Roman 

Britain’, in M. Millett, L. Revell and A. Moore (eds) The Oxford Handbook of Roman Britain. Oxford: 203-23.

http://www.caitlingreen.org/2016/05/a-note-on-evidence-for-african-migrants.html?m=1

http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/the-forum/2017/07/28/how-diverse-was-roman-britain

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Roger Dawe

Feb 17, 2020

It is with sadness that we report the death of Roger Dawe, former University Lecturer in Classics and Fellow of Trinity since 1963. Roger was a memorable lecturer and a scholar of strong, often unorthodox, opinions, who made major contributions to the study of the text and transmission of the tragedies of Aeschylus and Sophocles.

The Corbett Lecture 2019: Rescheduled to Saturday 22nd February

Feb 12, 2020

Due to strike action in Michaelmas Term and proposed strike action in Lent Term The Corbett Lecture will now take place on Saturday 22nd February, 5pm in G.19 Faculty of Classics

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

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