UoA 59: Greek and Latin

Since 2001 current staff in the Department of Greek and Latin have produced 9 monographs (plus 1 in press), 14 edited books (4 co-edited) with 3 more in press, 1 commentary, 3 edited texts, 2 translations, 184 articles and chapters (plus 25 in press). The department has received over ₤350,000 in research income and 25 PhDs had been awarded by July 07 (plus 2 subsequently).

Greek and Latin is part of a large UCL research establishment of c.30 academics in ancient world studies, of which 13 are returned here, together with the Institute of Archaeology (Bevan, Broodbank, Gardner, Lockyear, Lomas, Tait, Tanner, Whitehouse, Whitelaw, returned to UoA33), the Department of History (Arena, Kuhrt, Radner, Salway, Van Bremen, Van Wees, returned to UoA62) and the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine (Nutton). Research interests overlap and we collaborate through the Centre for the Classical World, which has a lecture and seminar programme, through shared research projects and the supervision, monitoring and training of research students. Hornblower, returned to UoA59 in 2001 but to UoA 62 (History) in 2007, is a joint appointment between Greek and Latin and History.

Since the last RAE we have used staff renewal strategically to expand our focus, complementing our acknowledged strength in Greek by building up Latin, maintaining traditional areas of excellence while adding emerging areas of research. The combination allows us to make a distinctive contribution to (inter)national research, research training and postgraduate supervision. We have one of the few UK posts in classical philology (Colvin); we have one of only two UK established posts in papyrology and in Gonis (one of the editors of Oxyrhynchus Papyri) a papyrologist who can cover both literary and documentary papyri. New appointments have consolidated our research strengths in reception studies, identified by CUCD as a major emerging field, to complement established interests. Sharples, Gonis, Carey, and Natalie Tchernetska and Marigold Norbye (HRFs) share an interest in transmission of texts. Wyke is an acknowledged expert on the reception of ancient Rome in modern media and culture, reflected in her ongoing series of monographs and edited collections on the reception of Julius Caesar. Leonard works on the intellectual history of classics in modern European thought from Hegel to Derrida. Manuwald’s interests include reception of Rome in modern theatre and opera. Antony Makrinos (HRF) has research interests in Byzantine reception of the classical past. We have strengths in Greek and Latin prose and verse. Robinson and Wyke share interests in Augustan poetry. Manuwald’s interests embrace Roman epic, drama and oratory. Hornblower’s achievements include the monumental commentary on Thucydides, of which a third volume is now completed, and a major monograph on Thucydides and Pindar. This department will produce one third of the Cambridge Herodotus commentaries, with Hornblower, Alan Griffiths (now Honorary SRF) and Carey contracted to produce volumes on books 3, 5 and 7.  Sharples shares interests in Greek and Roman philosophy, science and medicine with colleagues in the Wellcome Institute and in the Departments of Philosophy and of Science and Technology Studies; his own focus is largely though not exclusively on the editing, translation and commentary of texts and testimonia, and he collaborates with Robert Heinaman in the Philosophy Department in the organisation of the endowed Keeling Lectures and Colloquia. Medicine is also the focus of the new Wellcome-funded research project managed by Gonis and of the research interests of research fellows Hirt-Raj and Leith, Bakola, Colvin, Gonis, Rawles, Thumiger, Carey, Griffiths, Hornblower, Stephen Instone (TF), share research interests in Greek verse (epic, drama, lyric, Hellenistic poetry). Colvin has interests in Bronze Age Greece, shared with Susan Lupack (HRF). Carey also works on Greek oratory and on law.

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