Schedule 2019-20

The schedule for the next academic year is now available under Term 1 programme, Term 2 programme and Term 3 programme. All postgraduate students are always welcome.

Starting out in an Academic Career: Classics and Ancient History

Workshop and Seminar UCL/KCL/SAS 1) When to start applying and what kind of jobs? Options to consider. Benet Salway (UCL History) 2) Starting out as an Early Career Researcher Tips and hazards. Edward Taylor (UCL Greek and Latin) 3) Grant applications for ECRs Grants, fellowships and applications How does the REF work for early-career academics? … Continue reading Starting out in an Academic Career: Classics and Ancient History

Representations of Hypatia

Theon, Synesius, Damascius, along with others, give us representations of Hypatia, from the very personal to the somewhat formulaic. My current research considers what these representations communicate in terms of the attitudes towards Hypatia — overtly or otherwise. We will explore how these students and scholars use a variety of descriptors to construct a multi-faceted … Continue reading Representations of Hypatia

Gender fluidity in humans and animals through paradoxographic texts

The various treatises of paradoxography handed down to us examine, among others, the idea of gender fluidity in humans and animals. Manifested through a number of devices (tranvestism and androgynous models, appearance of male characteristics in females and vice versa or even inexistence of any genital feature), the veracity of such cases seek further investigation. … Continue reading Gender fluidity in humans and animals through paradoxographic texts

Book Divisions in the Odyssey: An Analysis by Type-Scene Distribution

Common opinion on the Homeric book divisions sees them as late additions to the texts; some consider them even obstructive to the narrative flow of the Iliad and Odyssey. Others argue for the book divisions as intimately related to narrative unfolding, even original to the composition (or recording) of the Homeric poems. This paper explores the … Continue reading Book Divisions in the Odyssey: An Analysis by Type-Scene Distribution

Eustathius Reader of Euripides

Euripides is certainly one of the most represented poets in Eustathius’ work. Quotations come both from fragmentary and extant plays. As for fragments, Eustathius’ context can be helpful in order to determine their provenance: the huge quantity of scholarly material converged in these commentaries is remarkable. It is therefore even more remarkable that Eustathius used … Continue reading Eustathius Reader of Euripides

The Rhizomatic Molecularity of Dionysiac Experience in Euripides’ Bacchae

In her essay on the Bacchae, Victoria Wohl (2005) reads the play through Deleuze’s and Guattari’s notion of “becoming-other” (e.g., Dionysus becomes human, Theban women become bacchants, old Cadmus becomes maenad, Pentheus becomes woman, animal, multiple). As she argues, the dynamic of becoming pervades much of the action of the play, such that the Dionysiac … Continue reading The Rhizomatic Molecularity of Dionysiac Experience in Euripides’ Bacchae

Tackling textual problems: Epicureanism and the philosophical philology

How was ataraxia to be reached? What could put the fulfilment of such an objective at risk? The aim of my proposal is to shed light on a particular and often neglected kind of threats to ataraxia: the anxiety brought about by the detection of cases of inconsistency in Epicurus’ own words. In light of … Continue reading Tackling textual problems: Epicureanism and the philosophical philology

The History of the Egyptian Language and the Creation of Linguistic Patterns

Egyptian verbal constructions in each stage of the language have, for the most part, different forms, different meanings, and are found in different contexts. As such, they have frequently been studied separately, with the majority of large reference works being written for individual language stages and discussing each verbal construction individually, while diachronic and comparative … Continue reading The History of the Egyptian Language and the Creation of Linguistic Patterns

Queering Power in Hesiod’s Theogony and Material History of Ancient Greece

My research addresses two core subjects. I analyse Metis, Athena and Medusa as the source of alternative to patriarchy and masculinity representation of political power in Ancient Greek culture and mythography. The interconnection between the figures is broadly presented in the literary and material culture sources via the character of Athena. Medusa is the priestess … Continue reading Queering Power in Hesiod’s Theogony and Material History of Ancient Greece