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Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

last modified Jun 27, 2018 12:57 PM
We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

Full details, including the call for papers, are available on the project’s conference page.

 

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.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

last modified Jun 22, 2018 03:04 PM
Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

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.

CREWS Visiting Fellowship Scheme

last modified Jun 20, 2018 10:18 AM
Details of how to apply are now available online. Closing date: 5pm BST, 10th August 2018

Applications are invited for a Visiting Fellowship with the ERC-funded Project Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems (CREWS, grant no. 677758). A CREWS Visiting Fellowship may be held for up to three months and is intended to allow the holder to conduct a key piece of research on a theme in line with the Project’s main areas of research focus. The CREWS Project conducts innovative interdisciplinary research into writing systems used in the ancient eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on elucidating the relationship between writing and its socio-cultural context and the borrowing and adaptation of scripts as writing passed from one society to another.

For information see 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

Julius Caesar Revealed - BBC one

last modified Feb 13, 2018 11:37 AM
Mary Beard looks into some of the big questions surrounding one of the most prominent rulers in history.

On Monday 12th February at 9pm, Mary Beard and the BBC endeavoured to reveal the truth about the famous Roman emperor - Julius Caesar.

Who was Julias Caesar and how does his influence resonate in our everyday lives? How have dictators since utilised his PR tricks in striving to achieve autonomous power? 

Catch up with the episode HERE.

PHOTO CREDIT: BBC

Dr Yannis Galanakis elected to The Archaeological Society at Athens

last modified Feb 08, 2018 04:57 PM
Dr Galanakis has been elected to a regular membership of The Archaeological Society at Athens, the oldest archaeological organisation in Greece established in 1837.

The CREWS project at the Fitzwilliam Museum

last modified Jan 17, 2018 03:24 PM
The CREWS project has collaborated with the Fitzwilliam Museum and the British Museum to produce a fantastic display.

The CREWS project now has a display at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum. It was opened yesterday, Tuesday 16th January, and will run until Sunday 10th June 2018. 

To read the full blog post about the installation day and the collaboration with the British Museum and Fitzwilliam, please CLICK HERE. Here, Dr Phillipa Steele (Principal Investigator of the CREWS project) tells us all about it and where the display is located in the Museum.

CREWS pippaYou can also keep up to date with the exciting progress and developments of the project on the CREWS project blog

To find out more about this fascinating project and its aims please CLICK HERE.

Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

last modified Jan 03, 2018 01:45 PM
Professor Michael Reeve elected to Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei

Professor Reeve has been elected to membership of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei. See the Academy website for further details.

Dr Ferraby: 2017 Illustration Award Winner

last modified Jan 03, 2018 03:36 PM
Dr Rose Ferraby, Research Associate in the Faculty of Classics, is a recipient of the Michael Marks Awards for Poetry Pamphlets 2017

 

Dr Ferraby, co-Director of the Aldborough Roman Town Project, has been given the Illustration Award for The Tender Map by Melanie Challenger (Guillemot Press). Further details may be found 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.

2018 Ancient World Video Competition

last modified Dec 15, 2017 12:14 PM
Cambridge Classics' 2018 Ancient World Video Competition is now open for entries.

We are very pleased to announce the 2018 Cambridge Classics Ancient Worlds Video Competition! For more details and details on how to enter, please click HERE.

Vid Comp 2018 poster

 

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.’

sophocles

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

Local schools are inspired by Ovid

last modified Dec 11, 2017 10:27 AM
A celebratory event for students who produced creative responses to tales from Ovid.
Local schools are inspired by Ovid

Joshua Cobbold's Minotaur model and poem

This December the Faculty of Classics and Museum of Classical Archaeology were delighted to host a celebratory event for students who had participated in a very special competition organised by the Cambridge Schools Classics Project. Year 7 students from a number of local state-maintained secondary schools listened to tales from Ovid in their English lessons before being asked to produce a creative response to their favourite myth. Teachers in each school had a tough job choosing the best pieces of work produced by their students so that they could present it to a panel of judges, who would decide who would ultimately be the winner across all seven schools which took part.

On 7th December, the winning students from each school visited the Faculty to enjoy tales from the Odyssey with storyteller Hugh Lupton, for a chance to explore the Museum of Classical Archaeology and, most importantly, to be awarded with certificates and prizes and to find out the winner of the competition. 

The judges were so impressed with all of the wonderful videos and works of art produced by the students that they found it terribly hard to choose a winner but in the end, the Minotaur model and poem seen above by Joshua Cobbold from Sybil Andrews Academy in Bury St Edmunds was judged the very worthy winner.

Congratulations and many thanks to all the students and teachers involved from Samuel Ward Academy, Sawston Village College, Saffron Walden County High School, Thomas Gainsborough School, The Netherhall School, Sybil Andrews Academy and Anglo European School.  

Applications invited for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2018

last modified Nov 16, 2017 04:19 PM
We are keen to support high quality applications that intersect with research already being undertaken or developed in the Classics Faculty.

Applicants should be in touch with an academic in the Faculty who works in their area of research, and could act as their sponsor, to discuss their proposed project as soon as possible (academic staff and their research interests are listed at https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/directory/faculty).

Draft applications should then be submitted to the Faculty’s Administrative Officer, Mr Nigel Thompson (Nigel.Thompson@admin.cam.ac.uk) by Thursday 4th January 2018. For further details of the process see: https://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/research/funding

Archaeologists uncover rare 2,000-year-old sundial during Roman theatre excavation

last modified Nov 10, 2017 06:11 PM
A 2,000-year-old intact and inscribed sundial has been recovered by students of the Faculty of Classics...

A 2,000-year-old intact and inscribed sundial has been recovered by students of the Faculty of Classics, during the excavation of a roofed theatre in the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas, near Monte Cassino, in Italy.

To learn more about the Interamna Lirenas project please click HERE.

This is a remarkable find for the team working on the project and more can be read about the discovery HERE.

The Soprintendenza Archeologia, Belle Arti e Paesaggio per le Province di Forsinone, Latina e Rieti has also issued an official press release (in Italian), which has led to some further local media coverage.

Kenyon Medal awarded to Joyce Reynolds

last modified Sep 28, 2017 11:36 AM
The Kenyon Medal in 2017 has been awarded to Joyce Reynolds FBA for her lifetime's contribution to the research and study of Roman epigraphy.

The medal is awarded biennially in recognition of work in the field of classical studies and archaeology.  Further details on the award are available on the British Academy website

Postgraduate Open Day Saturday 18 November 2017

last modified Sep 22, 2017 05:40 PM
Details of the 2017 Faculty of Classics Postgraduate Open Day are now available online:

Major archaeological discovery near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece

last modified Oct 16, 2017 08:35 AM
The Times newspaper reports on excavations this summer at Prosilio near Orchomenos in Boeotia, central Greece, conducted 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!

last modified Aug 23, 2017 02:41 PM
Follow the students of the Faculty of Classics as they excavate the Roman theatre at Interamna Lirenas.

Since 2010 the students of the Faculty of Classics have been actively involved in archaeological fieldwork at the Roman town of Interamna Lirenas (Central Italy).

Over the next four weeks the students will be excavating the theatre: if you would like to know what they are up to now, follow them on Twitter and Instagram!

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

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme

last modified Oct 19, 2017 05:34 PM
Details of how to apply for this scheme, for entry in 2018, are now available online.

Laurence Seminar: Monday 29 – Wednesday 31 May 2017

last modified May 16, 2017 09:50 AM
Details of this year’s Laurence seminar, Freedom of speech, censorship and the ancient world, are now available online.

Follow the link for further details:

Further details and programme

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships

last modified Apr 21, 2017 04:49 PM
Information on the next round of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships is now available online.

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/Research/funding

Potential applicants are invited to submit an outline proposal, of no more than two sides of A4, for initial consideration by 19 May 2017. For more information about registering an expression of interest and submitting a proposal please be in touch with the .  A list of host academics may be found here.

Inaugural Lecure: Professor James Clackson

last modified Oct 19, 2017 05:35 PM
Watch again: the inaugural lecture by Professor James Clackson, Professor of Comparative Philology, " 'Dangerous Lunatics’: Cambridge and Comparative Philology".

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Second CREWS Conference: Call for Papers

Jun 27, 2018

We are pleased to announce the second CREWS conference, to take place Thursday 14th – Saturday 16th of March 2019. ‘Exploring the Social and Cultural Contexts of Historic Writing Systems’ aims to look at writing systems’ place in society and culture.

The Cambridge Philological Society Prize 2019 and 2020

Jun 27, 2018

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.

Research Associate (Assistant Editor, Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World)

Jun 22, 2018

Details of how to apply for this one year fixed term post are now available online, Closing date 23 July 2018.

Life After Classics: alumni profiles

Jun 20, 2018

Our Classics alumni give us an insight into their lives after studying Classics at Cambridge.

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