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Postgraduate research students


PhD title: The Tyrants of Diodorus

Supervised by: Dr Sian Lewis

Prior to beginning my PhD research at St Andrews, I completed MA (Hons.) and MLitt degrees, also here at St Andrews.  My research interests include Greek historiography, tyranny, and Greek religion.  I am enjoying exploring the intersection of these themes within the work of Diodorus Siculus.  

PhD title: Provisional title:  The interrelations of social power networks in the western part of the Roman Empire

Supervised by: Myles Lavan

I previously studied at UCL and Paris-Sorbonne (BA in History, 2016), and at Cambridge University (MPhil in Classics, 2017) where I explored the workings of the Roman government in the 1st and 2nd centuries CE. Before I came to St Andrews, I had focused mainly on Pliny the Younger, Fronto and Tacitus, whose writings enabled me to discuss imperial elite’s representation of fiscal rationality and maladministration, and the value system underpinning official appointments.


PhD title: The Representation of Edge-Space in Ancient Greek Tragedy

Supervised by: Dr Jon Hesk and Prof. Jason König

Before beginning doctoral research at St Andrews, I completed a BA(Hons) in 2012, with a dissertation on the Near Eastern and Bronze Age Mediterranean origins of Artemis, and a MA(Distinction) in Classics in 2014 with a thesis on Egyptian, Near Eastern, and ancient Greek lunar mythologies, both at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Over the course of my studies I have been fascinated in the concept of liminality, which seems to have become a cover-all term for various kinds of complex phenomena in ancient culture. My doctoral thesis is an attempt to better understand how liminality works in wilderness spaces in Greek tragedy. I am interested in Greek literature of and preceding the fifth century BC, particularly tragedy and epic, as well as philology.



PhD title: The Influence of Achaemenid Royal Ideology on the Histories of Alexander the Great

Supervised by: Prof. Tom Harrison

I completed a BA in Ancient History and Psychology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013. Since then, I have completed a Transitional Certificate in Ancient Greek and Latin language (2014), a BA(Hons) with a dissertation on the historicity of Quintus Curtius Rufus (2015), and a MA with a thesis on aspects of Ai Khanoum’s Hellenistic foundation (2017).  My research interests lie primarily in the historiography of the Achaemenid empire and Alexander the Great. More generally, I am interested in the history and archaeology of the Middle East and Central Asia, Herodotus, fifth century Greece and its foreign relations, identity studies, and feminist and intersectional approaches to the classics.  



PhD title: Law, Legal Provisions and Institutions in Ovid's Poetry

Supervised by: Dr Nikoletta Manioti, Dr Emma Buckley

I completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Classics at the University of Pavia (Italy). My research interests focus on Ovid and on Augustan poetry in general. I am also interested in Augustan culture, and especially in law-related aspects and legal procedures.


PhD title: Area Studies in Crete and the Cyclades following the Late Bronze Age dislocation: 1600-480 B.C.

Supervised by: Professor Rebecca Sweetman

Previous degrees: MLitt in Ancient History from Univ. of St. Andrews 2015, MBA from Univ. of Washington 1981, BA in History from Univ. of Washington 1977. 


PhD title: Settlement and contact on Late Roman and Byzantine Naxos

Supervised by: Professor Rebecca Sweetman

My research interests are (at the moment) centered around Late Roman and Byzantine Archeology in the Aegean, with particular focus on the Cyclades.  I am fascinated by the possibilities found in field survey methodology for studying land use and settlement patterns, and by the amounts of information that can be extracted from survey pottery with the combination of traditional typological analysis , statistics and petrology. More fundamentally, I am interested in the use of theoretical approaches to pottery studies, including ANT and network analysis. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Oslo, with dual degrees in Archaeology and in Ancient Greek from 2010. After an MPhil in Classics at the University of Cambridge in 2012, I moved back to Oslo for to study for the MPhil in Archaeology (2014).  I have spent extended periods of study in Berlin (Humboldt), and at the Norwegian institutes in Rome and Athens, and have been working on excavations and surveys in Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Italy.

Consuelo Martino


PhD title: Literary Constructions of the Roman Emperor in Latin Biography

Supervised by: Dr Alice Koenig (St Andrews) and Prof. Gavin Kelly (Edinburgh)

2011- 2014: BA in Humanities (Università degli Studi di Padova)Dissertation’s Title: Nocturna Sacrificia. Cicero and the pro Cluentio in Livy’s “Bacchanalian Affair” (39.8- 19). 2014- 2016 MA in Classical Languages and Literature and Ancient History (Università degli Studi di Padova)Dissertation’s Title: Bodies and Power. The Use and Abuse of Corpses in Roman Politics from the Age of Sulla to the Reign of Tiberius. Research Interests  Intertextuality and Interdiscursivity in Latin Literature Prose. Roman History and Historiography. Roman Politics and Roman Law. Roman Empire. Late Roman Republic (133 – 27 BC). Political Biography. Cicero’s speeches and political oratory. Italian literature.


PhD title: 'The legend of Idomeneus in Graeco-Roman literature and its reception in Western Europe

Supervised by: Dr J Hesk & Dr E Buckley

BA, 1961, Dip. Librarianship & Archives, 1963, M Phil, 1973  (London); MA,  2011 (Leeds). Keeper of Manuscripts, 1969-96, Librarian, 1996-9, University of Aberdeen. 



PhD title: Cult Texts and their Reception in Borges, Eco and Graves

Supervised by: Classics: Dr Crystal Addey; Dr Emma Buckley. Modern Languages: Dr Eleni Kefala

I completed a BA in Classics at the University of Oxford in 2012, followed by an MA in Classical Reception at the University of Bristol in 2013. After a couple of years working as a journalist, I returned to academia in 2015. My research interests include classical reception, the history of classical scholarship, and philosophy and religion in late antiquity, with a focus on Neoplatonism and the Corpus Hermeticum



PhD title: The Greek athlete: self-representation, civic identities and their political context in the Hellenistic and Imperial Period.

Supervised by: Prof. Jason Kӧnig

 A Graduate of the History and Archaeology department at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, where I also did my MA studies in Ancient History. I have worked extensively on elite representation in inscriptions and Greek institutions during the Hellenistic and Roman Period. At the moment, I am working on the study of Hellenistic and Imperial-period inscriptions related to Greek athletes. I study athletic self-representation, their civic and political identities, and by extension, the relationship between a successful athletic career and politics. My research interests are: ancient athletics, elite self-representation, epigraphy, Greek institutions and Greek education.


PhD title: A commentary on book 5 of Achilles Tatius’ Leucippe and Clitophon

Supervised by: Professor Jason König

I hold a BA (1st class) and a MA (Distinction) in Classics from the University of Leeds and was awarded the 2011 Edwards Prize for being the most meritorious student of Ancient Greek. As well as the classical languages, I have studied several medieval and modern languages, including Old and Modern French, Old and Middle English, Old Icelandic and Russian. My research interests include the ancient novel, intercultural allusions and the medieval reception of classical literature. I am currently a PhD candidate and Skills Coordinator in the School of Classics at the University of St. Andrews.


PhD title: Women in the Latin Comedy in Roman dress (Comoedia Togata)

Supervised by: Dr. Giuseppe Pezzini (St Andrews) Prof. Costas Panayotakis (Glasgow)

During my years at the Liceo Classico in Marsala I received an excellent training in Ancient Greek and Latin Languages and Literatures and I won the “Best Student” award (2010). I decided to continue studying Classics at the University of Palermo, where I obtained a BA in 2013 and a MA in 2015, both 110/110 cum Laude and a very high GPA (respectively 29.3 and 30 out 30), for which I was awarded a series of scholarships from ERSU (2009-2015). A key role in my University training was played by Prof. Petrone and Dr. Bianco, two leading experts on Roman theatre who supervised my dissertations. Thanks to them, I have increasingly specialised in ancient Drama, and especially Republican Roman Comedy. I began to investigate this topic with my BA dissertation (a study on Plautus’ Bacchides and the metaphor of Baccantes) and continued in my MA thesis (a study on the fragments of the Togata). In the past years I have mastered thetechnical and philological skills that are required for the kind of work I plan to do during my PhD. At the same time, I have broad interests in the ancient world, especially Roman comedy, literature and culture; Roman popular drama; Classical Philology, Ancient Linguistics and Texual Criticism; Ancient Greek and Latin languages and literatures. From April 2015 to July 2017, I was a teacher of Letters in Palermo. In September 2017 I joined in the School of Classics of St Andrews for my PhD and I love it so much!


PhD title: Ovid and Statius: Politics and Poetics of the Thebaid’s Ovidian intertexts

Supervised by: Drs. Alice König and Emma Buckley

2010-12 BA Classics (Distinction), La Sapienza, Rome: the experimental thesis in Latin palaeography and philology (supervised by prof. Rita Cosma) focused on the policies of the first renaissance pope Sixtus IV via the analysis, transcription and translation of an unpublished Latin manuscript written in 1476 by his personal secretary Griphus. 2013-15 MA Classics (Distinction), La Sapienza, Rome: the thesis, supervised by prof. Alessandro Schiesaro and prof. Victoria Rimell, focused on the poetics of Ovidian intertexts in Statius’ Thebaid. Tommaso’s main fields of interest include Latin literature, literary theory, landscape studies, material culture, theology, Italian literature and digital humanities. He is especially fascinated by the politics of imperial poetry and by the interactions between Latin literary texts and their broader socio-cultural and material context. Besides tutoring classes of Latin language and literature, he is currently creating the first Online Dictionary of Latin Synonyms for the University of St. Andrews and he is organising an interdisciplinary conference on “Visualising War in Human Societies”.

Jackie Whalen

PhD title: Spartan austerity between 650 to 350 BCE

Supervised by: Prof. Rebecca Sweetman

MLitt Ancient History from University of St Andrews & BA Publishing from Napier University, Edinburgh My main interest is Spartan society, particularly of the Archaic & Classical periods, and moving beyond the traditionally held views of its militaristic and authoritarian regime by analysing both the literary and archaeological evidence.  I have a long-held fascination with the Battle of Thermopylai and my Masters dissertation analysed the impact of the conflict landscape on its eventual outcome. I have wider interests in ancient warfare, especially conflict landscapes and the capabilities of the human body on military campaign or in battle, and more general interests in Alexander the Great, Ancient Persia and the Roman Republic to early Empire.  Research papers include ‘Hellenic Black Sheep: Fighting the Spartan stereotype’ and ‘Looking for an austere identity in the sacred landscapes of Sparta’. I will shortly complete the pilot 2 year ‘Communicating Ancient Greece & Rome’ course run by Oxford and Royal Holloway Universities, which focuses on widening access to academic research through public engagement.



PhD title: Roman Networks: Developing Inter-Regional Connections and Expressions of Identity

Supervised by: Prof. Rebecca Sweetman & Dr Carlos Machado

My research interests focus on Roman urban and identity development, social control, and social networking. Before coming to St. Andrews, I completed a B.A. with majors in Ancient History and Archaeology and a minor in Classical Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012), and a M.A.L.S. in Archaeology of the Classical, Late Antique, and Islamic Worlds from City University of New York Graduate Center (2016). I also completed a Graduate Certificate in GIS from North Carolina State University (2017). My Master’s work used a comparative and semiotic approach to investigate early ‘Romanization.’