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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

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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

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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.


Congratulations to Andrea Brock

Wednesday, 22 May, 2019

Andrea Brock during a coring survey.Andrea Brock has been awarded a three year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. She will be busy processing data from the second phase of her coring survey in Rome’s river valley, which will take place this summer. She will then develop her research into a book on the ‘Environmental History of Early Rome.’


Athena Swan Bronze Award for the School of Classics

Tuesday, 21 May, 2019

Athena Swan Bronze Award, University of St Andrews
Pictured (left to right): Dr Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis (School of Classics), Head of the School of Classics, Professor Jason König, Dr Caron Gentry (School of International Relations) and Head of the School of International Relations, Professor Anthony Lang

The School of Classics is proud to have achieved an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Awards recognise commitment to the advancement of gender equality in academic, professional and support roles, and recognise departments and institutions taking action to identify and overcome barriers to career progression for all.

Professor Jason König, Head of School, said: “We see the Athena SWAN charter as a set of guiding principles that will bring benefits to the whole School, in ensuring fair treatment and equal opportunity for all staff and students, and in guiding our attempts to deal with other diversity challenges alongside our work on gender equality.”

Read more:


British Academy fellowship for Dr Giuseppe Pezzini

Thursday, 16 May, 2019

pezziniDr Giuseppe Pezzini, Director of the Centre for the Public Understanding of Greek and Roman Drama, School of Classics, has received a £119,218 British Academy Fellowship award to research the Latin play Self-Tormentor (Heautontimorumenos) by Terence, a dramatist of the Roman Republic.

Dr Pezzini’s research will focus on the literary and dramatic issues raised by this influential play, and will aim to provide a new text, based on an examination of the manuscripts, a substantial introduction, and a comprehensive and integrated commentary, ranging from language to Roman identity issues.

Read more about the award. 


Scholarships for MLitt in Classics

Tuesday, 7 May, 2019

DSC_6770sunsetThe School of Classics is offering a number of postgraduate scholarships for students taking the MLitt in Classics at St Andrews in 2019-2020. 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 20 May 2019.

For further information on the MLitt programme, including how to apply, see, or contact Dr Carlos Machado at

For further information on the School of Classics, see


Fully Funded Joint PhD Roma La Sapienza – St Andrews: start date September 2019

Wednesday, 24 April, 2019

Deadline for applications: 5pm, 16 May 2019

The School of Classics at St Andrews and the Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità of Roma La Sapienza are pleased to advertise a new round of their collaborative PhD programme. Students in the programme will spend half the doctorate (18 months) in St Andrews and the other half in Rome. The thesis will be written in English. Each student will have two supervisors, one in Rome and the other in St Andrews. 

We now invite applications from eligible students (UK/EU and overseas citizens) wishing to start the PhD at St Andrews in September 2019. The deadline for applications is 16 May 2019

We particularly encourage applications in Classical Languages and Literature, but we are open to applications in any field of Classics.

The programme provides one scholarship covering tuition and stipend. The scholarship will cover the costs of fees equivalent to the EU/UK rate, and provide students with a stipend, at the standard RCUK rate. Students considered overseas for fees purposes will require to pay the difference in fees above the EU/UK rate.

Applicants will have to meet the entry requirements of both Universities. They should possess by September 2019 a Masters-level degree (2.1 or equivalent or higher) and an English-language certificate (IELTS 6.5 or higher; or TOEFL 90). 

In addition to the entry requirements for St Andrews shortlisted candidates must be available to travel to St Andrews for a written and/or oral exam in English on 7June 2019.

For further details on the programme and the application process:

To apply follow the instructions via

You must indicate in your personal statement that you wish to apply for the collaborative PhD programme and explain what you hope to gain from studying at both universities. The writing sample for this application should (unlike other applications to St Andrews) contain at least 10,000 words.  

Applications will be considered jointly by academic staff at Rome and St Andrews.

If you have questions about the programme, please contact Giuseppe Pezzini (, copying in, Gianfranco Agosti ( and Roberto Nicolai (


Congratulations to James Crooks

Monday, 22 April, 2019

Congratulations to James Crooks, who has passed his viva examination and now will be awarded the PhD for his thesis ‘When is Rome? Developments in Roman Civic Identity during the Archaic Period (c.650 – c.350 BC)’. James’ work uses archaeological and literary evidence to offer a new story about the creation of the Roman civic community, one which places greater emphasis on the consensus building work of the Roman kings, and the relationship between Rome and its neighbours.