Members of the Centre for the Study of the Classical Tradition
- Dr Kathryn Banks works on French literature and culture of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. CT-related interests focus on classical culture in French literature, including Neoplatonism, Lucretius, Ovid, and mythology. Her monograph, Cosmos and Image in the Renaissance was published by Legenda in 2008.
- Professor Carlo Caruso (Italian): Special research interests include classical culture in the Italian literary tradition, comparative literature (with special attention to Anglo-Italian relationships) and the history of scholarship. He has edited (with Andrew Laird) a multi-authored volume entitled Italy and the classical tradition, which appeared in 2009.
- Dr Robert Carver (English Studies): Interests in the CT range widely, from the influence of the classics in English literature to Neo-Latin and Renaissance culture, with a particular emphasis on Apuleius and the reception of the ancient novel. His Oxford Classical Monograph, The Protean Ass: The Metamorphoses of Apuleius from Antiquity to the Renaissance, was published by OUP in 2007.
- Professor David Cowling (French): CT-related interests include the history of rhetoric, the diachronic development of metaphors of building and architecture present in Antiquity during the late medieval and early modern periods, the reception of the works of Quintus Ennius in early modern France, and the humanistic output of Henri Estienne (Henricus Stephanus). Specifically, he has published on the reception of Ennius in the work of Pierre de Ronsard and is currently working on a monograph on the vernacular writings of Estienne.
- Dr Stefano Cracolici (Italian): CT-related research interests include the classical background of Italian humanist culture with a special focus on Leon Battista Alberti.
- Professor Richard Gameson (History): Gameson specialises in the history of the book from Antiquity to the Renaissance, and in medieval art and has published some seventy studies on medieval manuscripts, book collections, art and cultural history. He has recently completed a catalogue and study of the earliest books of Canterbury Cathedral, and is editing The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain: from the Romans to the Normans, vol I.
- Dr Barbara Graziosi (Classics & Ancient History): CT-related publications include the co-edited volume Homer in the Twentieth Century: Between World Literature and the Western Canon (with Emily Greenwood; Oxford, 2007). She has also published widely on reception, especially reception within antiquity (see in particular Inventing Homer: The Early Reception of Epic, Cambridge, 2002). Her next major research project is a monograph on the afterlives and revivals of the Olympian gods in Western culture. She is the Durham representative on the CRSN steering committee, and one of its founding members.
- Dr Mandy Green (English Studies): CT-related research interests centre on the classical background to English Renaissance literature with a particular focus on Ovid and Milton. Her monograph, Milton's Ovidian Eve, was published by Ashgate in September 2009.
- Dr Peter Heslin (Classics & Ancient History): Heslin is interested in breaking down the artificial boundary between ‘classics’ and ‘the classical tradition’. Thus his recent monograph on The Transvestite Achilles: Gender and Genre in Statius’ Achilleid (Cambridge, 2005) programmatically integrates historicising analysis with reception, opening with a detailed account of Statius’ presence in seventeenth and eighteenth century opera.
- Dr Richard Hingley (Archaeology): One of Hingley’s primary research themes is the reception of classical culture since the sixteenth century, with a particular focus on its role in creating new materialities in Britain, Europe and North America. Relevant publications include Roman Officers and English Gentlemen (London 2000) and the edition of a special theme issue of the Journal of Roman Archaeology (‘Images of Rome: perceptions of Ancient Rome in Europe and the United States in the modern age’, 2001). His monograph Rediscovering Roman Britain 1580 to 1910 is forthcoming from Oxford in 2008. He directs the major AHRC funded project ‘Tales of the Frontier: political representations and practices inspired by Hadrian’s Wall’.
- Dr Jennifer Ingleheart (Classics): CT-related activities include the organization of a workshop on ‘Ancient verses, modern voices’ (Durham 2006). She has published in the field of comparative literature (‘Burning Manuscripts: the literary apologia in Ovid’s Tristia 2 and Vladimir Nabokov’s On a Book Entitled Lolita’, Classical and Modern Literature, 2006, 26.2) and has papers on the reception of Ovid by Ted Hughes and E. M. Forster forthcoming.
- Dr Peter Macardle (German) works on German culture of the late medieval and early modern periods. Interests include Neo-Latin writing, especially drama and dialogue; the Latinity of early modern German writers; and humanists in Cologne in the sixteenth century, particularly the dramatist and pedagogue Hermannus Schottennius (c. 1503–1546). He has recently published a critical edition of Schottenius’s Latin schoolboy colloquies of 1525, the Confabulationes tironum litterariorum, and a companion monograph, Confabulations (both Durham: DMLS, 2007). He is currently working on Luther as a cultural icon, and on the aesthetics of vernacular and Latin sixteenth-century religious theatre in Germany.
- Professor Ann Moss, FBA, is Emerita Professor in the French Department; her many publications on aspects of the classical tradition include Latin commentaries on Ovid from the Renaissance; Ovid in Renaissance France: a survey of the Latin editions of Ovid and commentaries printed in France before 1600; Printed Commonplace Books and the Structuring of Renaissance Thought (a history, among other things, of the transmission and application of ancient thought through collected quotations); and Renaissance Truth and the Latin Language Turn (an investigation of intellectual and cultural change mediated through changes in Latin usage).
- Dr Clemence Schultze (Classics): CT-related activities include a co-edited volume on Charlotte Yonge: context and criticism (forthcoming, 2007), with her own contributions entitled ‘Charlotte Yonge and the Classics’. She is currently researching a paper geared at the Department’s participation in the IAS ‘Being Human’ theme, which will deal with the relation of photographic portraiture (specifically, C19 composite photography), to classical notions of the ideal.
- Dr Dario Tessicini works on Renaissance intellectual history and history of science, with particular emphasis on astronomy, natural philosophy, and their relations. His interest in the classical tradition lies in the reception of Greek science in the fifteenth and sixteenth century and its role in the Scientific Revolution. Dario's recent publications dealing with specific aspects of this theme include his recent monograph I dintorni dell'infinito. Giordano Bruno e l'astronomia del Cinquecento (Rome-Pisa 2007), an article co-written with Prof. M. A. Granada on 'Copernicus and Fracastoro: the history of astronomy, the dedicatory letters to Pope Paul III and the quest for patronage' (Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 2005, pp. 431-76), and a forthcoming article on 'Definitions of cosmography and geography in sixteenth-century editions and translations of Ptolemy's Geography' (in Ch. Burnett and Z. Shalev (eds), Ptolemy's Geography in the Renaissance, London).
- Dr Edmund Thomas (Classics): CT-related activities include the organization of one of the CRSN’s two annual keynote workshops for 2007/8 on the theme ‘Perspectives on Ancient Classical Architecture today’ (Durham, December 2007: see also below, ‘Activities’).
- Dr Penny Wilson (English Studies): Wilson has published mainly on eighteenth-century literature and on the classical tradition. She is currently working on the history of translation and on a study of English commentary on classical poetry from the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. Recent publications include ‘Homer and English epic’ in Fowler (ed.) The Cambridge companion to Homer (Cambridge, 2004).