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Congratulations to Hallvard Indgjerd

Wednesday, 8 January, 2020

Congratulations to Hallvard Indgjerd on passing his PhD!
His thesis is entitled “Settlement and Contact on Late Roman and Early Byzantine South Naxos, Keros and Kato Kouphonisi”.

Hallvard works on island settlement and connectivity in the Cyclades during the Late Roman and Early Medieval period. Using survey pottery from southern Naxos and the Lesser Cyclades, he investigates how settlement structure and landscape use was organised, what temporal and spatial variation can be found, and in what ways life and economy on the islands was interconnected with the Eastern Mediterranean, and with the political situation of the East Roman empire.

Hallvard Indgjerd looking at thin section samples in the petrography lab of the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam


PhD scholarship in classics and late antique history

Wednesday, 18 December, 2019

The University of St Andrews is offering a fully funded PhD Scholarship for a student interested in developing a project within the topic of ‘Epitaphs and social change in late antique Italy (300-600 CE)’. The scholarship is open to UK, EU, and Overseas candidates, covering tuition fees and a stipend for up to 3.5 years. The student will work under the supervision of Caroline Humfress (History) and Carlos Machado (Classics).

View further information about the project and how to apply.

Alternatively, you can write to Carlos at


Urban Space and Aristocratic Power in Late Antique Rome

Tuesday, 17 December, 2019

Carlos Machado’s book “Urban Space and Aristocratic Power in Late Antique Rome” was published by Oxford University Press in October 2019.

In this volume, Carlos examines Rome’s transition from imperial capital to centre of western Christendom. He focusses on the senatorial aristocracy and explores their involvement in a process of urban change, which would mark the end of the ancient world and the birth of the Middle Ages in the eyes of both contemporaries and modern scholars.


Congratulations to Jackie Whalen

Monday, 16 December, 2019

Congratulations to Jackie Whalen on passing her PhD!
Jackie’s thesis is entitled ‘The Topography of Cult in Archaic and Classical Sparta: an archaeological approach to Spartan society’.


Postgraduate scholarships for MLitt in Classics

Monday, 16 December, 2019

The School of Classics is offering a number of postgraduate scholarships for students taking the MLitt in Classics at St Andrews in 2020-2021. The scholarships cover 50% of the tuition fees at UK and EU level. 

Students wishing to be considered for these scholarships should apply by 5pm, Monday 13 January 2020. 

View further information on the MLitt programme, including how to apply, or contact

 View further information on the School of Classics.


Congratulations to Chloe Bray

Tuesday, 10 December, 2019

Congratulations to Chloe Bray on a successful PhD viva! Chloe’s thesis (entitled ‘Interrogating Liminality: Threatening Landscapes in Ancient Greek Tragedy’) explores the ancient experience of landscape through a reading of Greek tragedy. Chloe uses a range of approaches from literary criticism, phenomenology and cognitive science to reconstruct the ideas behind the representation of dangerous or marginal spaces, looking in turn at the sea, mountains and meadows in a wide selection of plays.


Research Fellow in the School of Classics

Friday, 27 September, 2019

The School of Classics, with funding provided by the Leventis Foundation, invites applications for a temporary research fellow within the School. The post is fixed-term for 28 months, starting in January 2020.

Informal enquiries can be directed to Prof. Rebecca Sweetman ( or Prof. Roger Rees ( 

Closing date: 31 October 2019

AR2269HM: View further particulars and apply.


Congratulations to Jo Norton-Curry

Monday, 23 September, 2019

Picture of Jo Norton-Curry

Congratulations to Jo Norton-Curry on a successful PhD viva last week! Jo’s thesis (entitled ‘Intertextuality in the Egyptian book of Achilles Tatius’ Leukippe and Kleitophon’) examines the way in which Achilles Tatius’ novel, which dates from the second century CE, has a complex intertextual relationship with many different genres and texts which contributes to a sense of multi-facetedness and instability in the reading experience the text offers us, for example in its characterisation. She also argues that the central books of the novel, set in Egypt, have an extensive and previously unnoticed engagement with Egyptian as well as Greco-Roman narrative traditions, which adds to that sense of complexity and reflects the polyglot, multicultural nature of Roman Egypt.


Author Unknown

Wednesday, 18 September, 2019

book cover

The book “Author Unknown: The Power of Anonymity in Ancient Rome” by Tom Geue (University of St Andrews), was published recently by Harvard University Press.


Staff promotions

Thursday, 4 July, 2019

Head and shoulders of four people. Names in caption
Left to right: Roger Rees, Jon Hesk, Jon Coulston, Giuseppe Pezzini

Congratulations to our four colleagues who were promoted recently. Roger Rees has been promoted to Professor, Jon Hesk to Reader, Jon Coulston and Giuseppe Pezzini to Senior Lecturer.


Two new appointments in the School of Classics

Wednesday, 3 July, 2019

Congratulations to Henry Stead, who has been appointed to a lectureship in Latin, and to Sophie Schoess, who has been appointed to a temporary lectureship in Greek.

Henry works on a wide range of Classical Reception topics. His book A Cockney Catullus was published by OUP in 2015. One of his current projects, Brave New Classics, focuses on the effect of the Russian revolution on British 20th-century culture through the prism of classicism up to 1956.

Sophie works on a very wide range of authors, in both Greek and Latin, from Homer to Boccaccio. She completed her Oxford DPhil in 2018, entitled ‘Re-Writing Ariadne: Following the Thread of Literary and Artistic Representations of Ariadne’s Abandonment’. She is currently working on Christian responses to classical myth, from late antiquity to the Renaissance.


Congratulations to Jenny Messenger

Friday, 14 June, 2019

Congratulations to Jenny Messenger, who has successfully passed her PhD! Jenny’s thesis (The Inspired Intellect: Neoplatonism and its Reception in Robert Graves, Jorge Luis Borges, Suzanne Lilar, and Kathleen Raine) considers the role of inspiration, creativity and the esoteric in a range of 20th century writers. Jenny traces a new and complex embedded history of Neoplatonic reception, arguing that while this body of philosophy and literature was attracting little interest in universities, it was a powerful source for creative writers engaging in critical self-reflection about processes of receptivity, writing and inspiration. Jenny’s thesis concludes that Neoplatonic philosophy provided a ‘method’ for articulating spiritual experience and literary inspiration in the 20th century, and her work opens up a much larger ‘alternative’, and ‘non-canonical’ history of classical reception.


Congratulations to Matthew Shelton

Friday, 7 June, 2019

Matthew Shelton has been appointed Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cape Town. His appointment there will start in July 2019. Matthew’s PhD thesis explored madness in Xenophon, Plato and Stoicism, and he also works on Apuleius and Epicurean epistemology. Congratulations, Matthew!


Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy

Thursday, 6 June, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-06-05 at 12.57.44Alex Long’s new book “Death and Immortality in Ancient Philosophy” has been published by Cambridge University Press.

In the book, Alex explains the significance of death and immortality in ancient ethics, particularly Plato’s dialogues, Stoicism and Epicureanism; he also shows how philosophical cosmology and theology caused immortality to be re-imagined. Ancient arguments and theories are related both to the original literary and theological contexts and to contemporary debates on the philosophy of death.

View the book on the publisher’s website.



Teaching Award for Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis

Monday, 3 June, 2019

Screen Shot 2019-06-05 at 15.12.07Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis received a McCall MacBain Foundation Teaching Excellence Award this academic year. This award particularly recognises those who advance the scholarship of teaching and learning, and who, through sharing their paedagogical practice, have the potential to impact on the practice of other teachers in the University and beyond. Dr Petsalis-Diomidis combines university teaching with public engagement with schools, and prioritises the values of Equality and Diversity in developing the curriculum. She describes aspects of her teaching practice in a short article, ‘Equality and Diversity in Classics Teaching in St Andrews’ published in the Council of University Classics Departments Bulletin 48 (March 2019). The award includes a £750 bursary which she intends to use to fund a student-led workshop, ‘Marvellous Journeys’, for Fife primary school children in Special Collections in 2019-20; a related exhibition in the School of Classics; and research into the paedagogical benefits of student-led public engagement. The participating modules are CL4463 Travels and Marvels in the Graeco-Roman World and GK2001/2003 The Landscape of Greek Prose.