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Dr Alice König

Lecturer in Latin & Classical Studies
On research leave

arw6@st-andrews.ac.uk

Phone: 01334 462607

Room: S18

Research profile

Research Interests

Imperial Latin literature and politics, especially Nervan and Trajanic literature (Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Martial, Juvenal); ancient technical/scientific writing (especially Frontinus and Vitruvius); military writing (including Aeneas Tacticus, Onasander, Frontinus, Aelianus Tacticus, Arrian, Vegetius, Christine de Pizan, and Machiavelli); the Latin exempla tradition; Latin language teaching.

Research projects

I was awarded a two-year Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2012 for a research project on the Roman author and statesman Sextus Julius Frontinus. This project will examine the surviving works of Frontinus, both for their own sake and as a window onto his world. It aims to develop our understanding of Frontinus' concerns and credentials as a writer, and to expose the extent of his impact upon Roman literary, social and political life. In the process, it will contribute to the study of ancient 'technical' writing, ancient categories of knowledge, Domitianic, Nervan and Trajanic politics, and elite identity and aspirations during that period. It engages with the writings of Martial, Tacitus, Pliny the Younger, Aelianus Tacticus, Plutarch, Arrian and Vegetius, among others, and also examines the mediaeval and renaissance reception of Frontinus (via scholars like John of Salisbury, Christine de Pisan, Jean Gerson and Machiavelli).

I am also running a collaborative research project on Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian. This project brings together researchers with an interest in Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic literature to examine the texts and the literary culture of the period collectively. It aims to develop our understanding not just of individual texts but also of the nature and impact of textual cross-pollination (within and across genres, and between both Latin and Greek authors). It will also examine the literary culture that promoted it; and it will explore the interface between Roman literary, social and political life. In so doing, it will contribute to the wider study of the late first and early second centuries AD.

In addition, I am co-running a three-year research project on Latin Language Teaching and The Student Experience with my colleague Emma Buckley.

I also continue to work on Vitruvius and his reception.

Publications

From Architect to Imperator : Vitruvius and his Addressee in the De Architectura
Konig, A. R. 2009 Authorial Voices in Greco-Roman Technical Writing. Taub, L. & Doody, A. (eds.). WVT Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier , Vol. 7 , p. 31-52 (Antike Naturwissenschaft und ihre Rezeption AKAN-Einzelschriften).
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

Knowledge and power in Frontinus' On Aqueducts
Konig, A. R. 2007 Ordering Knowledge in the Roman World. König, J. & Whitmarsh, T. (eds.). Cambridge University Press , p. 177-205
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

Technical Writing
Konig, A. R. 2006 The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome. Harrison, T., Bispham, E. & Sparkes, B. (eds.). Edinburgh University Press , p. 439-444
Research output : Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding Chapter

 

Frontinus' Cameo Role in Tacitus' Agricola
König, A. R. May 2013 In : The Classical Quarterly . 63 , 1 , p. 361-376
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0009838812000705
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

Frontinus and the curae of the Curator Aquarum
Konig, A. 2006 In : Journal of Roman Studies . 96 , p. 262-265 4 p.
Research output : Contribution to journal Article

 

Reading Frontinus in Pliny, Epistles 5.1
König, A. R. 17 Jun 2014 Working Papers in Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic Literature series, hosted on the Literary Interactions project website: http://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/literaryinteractions/, p. 1-6 6 p.
Research output : Working paper

Martial and Frontinus, under Nerva and Trajan
König, A. R. 1 Aug 2013 Working Papers on Nervan, Trajan and Hadrianic Literature: http://arts.st-andrews.ac.uk/literaryinteractions/?p=658, 19 p. (Working Papers on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic Literature; 1.11).
Research output : Working paper

Frontinus' Authorial Voice under Domitian, Nerva and Trajan
Konig, A. R. 20 Dec 2012 p. 1-21 21 p. (Working Papers on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic Literature; 3).
Research output : Working paper

Aelianus Tacticus in dialogue with Frontinus and Trajan
Konig, A. R. 27 Nov 2012 p. 1-11 11 p. (Working Papers on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic Literature; 2).
Research output : Working paper

Library Building under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian
Konig, A. R. 18 Nov 2012 p. 1-14 14 p. (Working Papers on Nervan, Trajanic and Hadrianic Literature; 1).
Research output : Working paper

 

Frontinus: Roman author and statesman (podcast)
Konig, A. R. Dec 2012
Research output : Non-textual form Digital or Visual Products

Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian (podcast)
Konig, A. R. Nov 2012
Research output : Non-textual form Digital or Visual Products

Latin Language Teaching and the Student Experience
Konig, A. R. , Buckley, E. L. & Woodcock Kroble, M. L. 1 Oct 2012
Research output : Non-textual form Web publication/site

Literary Interactions under Nerva, Trajan and Hadrian (website)
Konig, A. R. & Woodcock Kroble, M. L. 1 Oct 2012
Research output : Non-textual form Web publication/site

 

For further information on publications, please view my profile on the university's research portal.

Teaching

Latin language and literature, and Classical studies.

Academic career

Undergraduate degree and MPhil: King's College, Cambridge. PhD: St John's College, Cambridge.