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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.  

'Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes us on a journey' in 'Building the Ancient City: Athens and Rome', BBC Two

last modified Nov 22, 2017 10:33 AM
'Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes us on a journey across stunning locations in Greece and Italy to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens 2,500 years ago.'

Prof Andrew

To watch the full episode on BBC iPlayer now, click HERE.

To read more about the Faculty of Classics' project: 'The Impact of the Ancient City,' led by Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, click HERE.

 

Photo credit: BBC

 

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.

'Mary Beard brings her passion for classics to Front Row' BBC Two

last modified Oct 31, 2017 08:49 AM
BBC Two's 'Front Row', hosted by Mary Beard: “I am very pleased to have been trusted with an episode of Front Row - and to be able to share some of the spotlight with some Greeks, Romans and other stars.” Available to watch now.

 MaryBeard

To catch up on the show, via BBC iPlayer, please click HERE.

Read the full article HERE.

 

Photo credit: BBC

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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The Cambridge Greek Play 2019

Dec 13, 2017

The Cambridge Greek Play for 2019 has been announced.

Local schools are inspired by Ovid

Dec 11, 2017

A celebratory event for students who produced creative responses to tales from Ovid.

'Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes us on a journey' in 'Building the Ancient City: Athens and Rome', BBC Two

Nov 22, 2017

'Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill takes us on a journey across stunning locations in Greece and Italy to find out how Athens gave birth to the idea of a city run by free citizens 2,500 years ago.'

Applications invited for Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme 2018

Nov 16, 2017

We are keen to support high quality applications that intersect with research already being undertaken or developed in the Classics Faculty.

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