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Department of Classics and Ancient History


Congratulations to our alumnus Yoon Cheol Lee

Many congratulations to our alumnus Yoon Cheol Lee, who completed his PhD on Protagoras in 2012 under Luca Castagnoli’s supervision, and has just been appointed to a permanent position as Assistant Professor in the Philosophy Department at Chungnam National University in Daejeon, South Korea. Well done, Yoon Cheol

(3 Sep 2018)

Ben Clapperton - viva success!

Warm congratulations to Ben Clapperton who has passed his PhD vivia for a thesis on 'Ancient Greek Law in a Near Eastern Context: Comparative Case Studies of Homicide Pollution and Adultery Law in Greece and the Near East’. Mirko Canevaro was the external examiner, Kathryn Stevens was the internal examiner, and Edward Harris was Ben's supervisor.

(29 Aug 2018)

Congratulations to our alumnus Nicolò Benzi

We are delighted to hear that after two very successful years at UCL our alumnus Nicolò Benzi has been appointed to a one year position at Manchester. Nicolò produced a doctoral thesis at Durham on 'Philosophy in Verse: Competition and Early Greek Philosophical Thought' under the supervision of Phillip Horky, and he was a very important part of our academic community. We look forward to seeing more of him now he is back in the North!

(29 Aug 2018)

Congratulations to Zara Chadha

Congratulations to our alumna Zara Chadha who has been appointed to a one year position at Leeds. Zara studied for her MA and doctorate with us and produced a thesis in 2014 on magic in Augustan poetry, particularly love-elegy, under the supervision of Peter Heslin. Zara has been based in Glasgow since 2015 initially as a University Teacher and then as Editorial Assistant for the ERC-funded project, Fragments of the Republican Roman Orators (FRRO). 

(29 Aug 2018)

New publication: David Lewis

Congratulations to our alumnus David Lewis, now in a permanent lectureship at Edinburgh, whose book of the thesis (supervised by Edward Harris) 'Greek Slave Systems in their Eastern Mediterranean Context, c.800-146 BC' has recently been published by OUP. Well done, David. It looks great!

(29 Aug 2018)

NSS 2018 results success!

We are delighted to announce that in the NSS results for 2018 our overall student satisfaction rate rose from 90.1% (2017) to a fantastic 97.4%, and our scores have improved on almost every single measure. This is an amazing result and we are so proud of our staff & students!

(31 Jul 2018)

Alumnus Atsushi Hayase appointed to permanent position at Kyoto University

Well done to our alumnus Atsushi Hayase on his appointment as an associate professor of ancient philosophy at Kyoto University.

Atsushi's doctoral work on 'Plato's Later Dialectic' was supervised by Professor Christopher Rowe and he passed his viva in July 2010.

(27 Apr 2018)

PhD student Blaz Zabel off to Harvard!

Many congratulations to our PhD student Blaz Zabel whose application to the Harvard-Durham postgraduate exchange programme was successful.

Blaz will spend three months at Harvard in Michaelmas 2018 and we are sure he’ll do fantastic work while he's over there!

(27 Apr 2018)

Congratulations to Gillian Curtis!

We are absolutely delighted to announce that Gillian Curtis, Secretary in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, has won the Faculty of Arts and Humanities Internal Recognition award for ‘Inspirational Colleague’ 2018. There were over 90 nominations in all, so Gillian had some tough (and excellent) competition to beat. This is a fantastic achievement and one which is very well deserved.

(18 Apr 2018) » More about Congratulations to Gillian Curtis!

Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden!

Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden on being nominated one of 'Durham's Women making a Difference': the nomination was made by students in response to the University's celebrations for International Women's Day and in recognition of Justine's 'generosity and dedication to those who study and work here'.

Justine will be included on the university's Equality and Diversity webpages as part of their celebrations of Durham women, and she will attend a celebratory tea in May.

(29 Mar 2018) » More about Congratulations to Justine T. Wolfenden!

New publication: Federico Petrucci

We are delighted to mark the publication of the very first monograph ever produced on Taurus of Beirut.

The monograph has been written by our colleague Federico Petrucci, a COFUND Junior Research Fellow within the department, and is issued in a series edited by Professor George Boys-Stones.

(27 Mar 2018)

New publication: George Gazis

George Gazis studied for his PhD at Durham with Johannes Haubold and Barbara Graziosi and is currently an Honorary Fellow within the department. He has been part of our academic community for several years and we are very happy to offer him our congratulations on the publication of his monograph on Homer.

(27 Mar 2018)

New publication: Rachel Bryant Davies

We are very excited to see the publication of this fascinating monograph by our postdoctoral fellow, Rachel Bryant Davies, Addison Wheeler Fellow in Classics and member of Durham's Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, and Early Career Associate with the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford.

(27 Mar 2018)

Peter Fane-Saunders awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for 2018

Warm congratulations to our former colleague Peter Fane-Saunders who has been awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for 2018, awarded annually by the Renaissance Society of America for the best book in Renaissance studies, for his monograph 'Pliny the Elder and the Emergence of Renaissance Architecture' (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2016) (completed and published during his tenure of a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in this department).

(27 Mar 2018) » More about Peter Fane-Saunders awarded the Phyllis Goodhart Gordan Prize for 2018

PhD success for Chiara Grigolin

Chiara Grigolin has passed her PhD viva with minor corrections for a thesis on ‘Memories of Seleucid origins:the shaping of Greek identity in the Syrian Tetrapolis’.

Her supervisor was Professor Ted Kaizer and her second supervisor was Professor Johannes Haubold. Her external and internal examiners were Dr Naoise MacSweeney and Dr Kathryn Stevens and the viva was chaired by Dr Ed Richardson.


(12 Dec 2017)

PhD Success for Sebastiano Molinelli

We are delighted to report that Sebastiano Molinelli has been recommended to pass his PhD viva with minor corrections. For his thesis he produced a new edition and commentary of the Δισσοὶ Λόγοι.

His supervisor was Professor George Boys-Stones. His examiners were Dr Phillip Horky and Professor Mauro Bonazzi, and the chair for the viva was Dr Edmund Thomas.

Congratulations to all concerned! 

(1 Dec 2017)

Amy Russell receives prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

We are delighted to announce that Dr Amy Russell, Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History, is one of this year's recipients of the Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit for her 2016 Cambridge University Press monograph The Politics of Public Space in Republican Rome. This is a phenomenal achievement and attests to the quality of Amy's ground-breaking research in this area.

The Goodwin Awards, of which three are presented annually, are the only honours for scholarly achievement given by the Society for Classical Studies (SCS). The SCS, which was founded as the American Philological Association in 1869, is the leading scholarly society in North America for the study of ancient Greek and Roman languages, literatures, and civilisations, and the awards are presented at the Annual Meeting for 'an outstanding contribution to classical scholarship published by a member of the Society during the three years before the current calendar year'. Previous recipients of these highly prestigious international awards have included such eminent scholars as Lily Ross Taylor, Brooks Otis, D. R. Shackleton-Bailey, Susan Treggiari, T. P. Wiseman, and Edith Hall.

(15 Nov 2017) » More about Amy Russell receives prestigious Charles J. Goodwin Award of Merit

Edward Harris in the news!

On 14 September 2017 Emeritus Professor Edward Harris spoke to the Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova,and other participants in the New York Times Democracy Forum at Athens about the Rule of Law in Classical Athens.

Congratulations, Edward!

(12 Nov 2017)

Jennifer Ingleheart on BBCFour

On Thursday 16th November 2017 at 9:00 p.m. the documentary ‘Ovid: The Poet and the Emperor’ will be broadcast on BBCFour. The documentary is presented by the broadcaster and historian Michael Wood and *stars* our v. own Professor Jennifer Ingleheart as one of the expert commentators.

(12 Nov 2017)

Sarah Miles to speak to Hild Bede SCR

Dr Sarah Miles will be giving a talk live and in full technicolour effect to Hild Bede SCR on Monday 13th November 2017 at 7:30 p.m. She will be speaking on ‘Animating Antiquity on Children’s Television: Homer’s Odyssey and the Visual Worlds of Ulysses 31’. All are welcome to attend. 

(12 Nov 2017)

Alumni achievements!

A number of our former students are now forging their own successful post-doctoral careers.

Yoon Cheol Lee (PhD 2012) has recently been awarded a second year of post-doctoral funding from the Korean government for a project on 'The Dissoi Logoi: A Model of Ancient Scepticism'. The project is hosted by the Philosophy Department at Seoul National University.

Nikoletta Manioti (PhD 2012) is now a Teaching Fellow in Classics at KCL. In addition, during 2017/18, she is Associate Lecturer A in Latin at Birkbeck, and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Classical Studies.

Finally, Zara Chadha (PhD 2014) has been apppointed to a one year Lectureship in Latin Literature at the University of Glasgow.

Warm congratulations to them all!

(22 Oct 2017)

PhD Success for Donald MacLennan

Many many congratulations to our student Donald MacLennan who passed his PhD viva today with minor corrections. Well done, Donald!

His thesis on 'Administrative Development in the Kingdoms and Principalities of the Near East under the Aegis of Rome' was supervised by Ted Kaizer with additional supervision by Amy Russell. His examiners were Margherita Facella and James Corke-Webster, and his viva was chaired by George Boys-Stones.

(19 Oct 2017)

New edited volume out now!

We are excited to announce the recent publication of Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity which was co-edited by our colleagues Dr Edmund Thomas and PD Dr Thorsten Fögen.

The volume takes into account literary, visual, and other types of evidence in showing that animals and humans in Graeco-Roman antiquity are interconnected on a variety of different levels and that their encounters and interactions often result from their belonging to the same structures, ‘networks’ and communities or at least from finding themselves together in a certain setting, context or environment – wittingly or unwittingly.

(1 Sep 2017)

New research centre for the Department of Classics and Ancient History

Coming in Michaelmas 2017: DCAMP - the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

We are excited to announce that the department has a new research centre, the Durham Centre for Ancient and Medieval Philosophy which we shall be launching in Michaelmas 2017.

DCAMP will bring together specialists from across Departments and Faculties to foster innovative collaboration in research and teaching in ancient and medieval philosophy. The co-directors of the Centre are Prof. George Boys-Stones from Classics and Ancient History and Dr Sara L. Uckelman from Philosophy.

On Wednesday 11th October 2017, we shall be holding the inaugural event for the centre. There will be a talk by Prof. John Magee (Toronto) followed by a drinks reception. More information is available here.

The Centre will be holding further events throughout the year and also hosting a range of reading groups. More information about these can be found on the DCAMP website.

We look forward to welcoming you to DCAMP very soon!

(1 Sep 2017)

PhD Success for Richard Beniston

Excellent news!

We are very pleased to announce that Richard Beniston has passed his PhD viva (with minor corrections).

His PhD thesis, on Seneca's Naturales Quaestiones, was supervised by George Boys-Stones. His external examiner was Liba Taub (Cambridge) and his internal examiner was Nathan Gilbert (Durham).

(12 Jul 2017)