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Department of Classics and Ancient History

Staff

PD Dr Thorsten Foegen

Associate Professor (Reader) in the Department of Classics and Ancient History

(email at thorsten.foegen@durham.ac.uk)

On research leave in Michaelmas Term 2017 (October-December 2017).

Areas of doctoral supervision:

Latin literature, esp. from the late Republic (1st century B.C.) until the early Empire (1st and 2nd centuries A.D.). Special interests e.g.: ancient technical texts, epistolography, animals in antiquity, history of linguistic ideas.

Biography

Born in 1971. He studied Classics and General Linguistics at the Universities of Freiburg (Germany), Oxford (UK) and Heidelberg (Germany). M.A. and "First State's Exam" in 1996. 1996-97: Research Fellow at the Czech Academy of Sciences in Prague (Czech Republic). 1997-2000: Research Fellow of the "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)". Dr. phil. in 2000 (University of Heidelberg). 2000-01: Research Fellow at the University of Exeter (UK). 2002-2009: Assistant Professor of Classics at the Humboldt University of Berlin. "Habilitation" during Winter Term 2008/09, "Privatdozent" since April 2009. At Durham University since January 2010.

In addition: Fellow of the "European-American Young Scholars' Institute" (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung & Andrew Mellon Foundation) for 2003 and 2004. September 2005 - May 2006: Fellow of the "Center for Hellenic Studies" (Washington, D.C.). September 2007 - August 2008: Feodor Lynen Fellow (Alexander-von-Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn) at the University of California Los Angeles (Department of Classics). October 2008 - March 2009: Visiting Professor (W3) at the University of Konstanz. September 2015 - June 2016: Senior Research Fellowship at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS), Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. October 2016 - June 2017: Research Fellowship at the "Internationales Kolleg Morphomata" of the University of Cologne (Center for Advanced Studies, Käte-Hamburger-Kolleg).

His published works include a book on Roman authors' attitudes towards the Latin language ('Patrii sermonis egestas': Einstellungen lateinischer Autoren zu ihrer Muttersprache, Munich & Leipzig 2000: Saur) and a study dealing with Roman technical writing (Wissen, Kommunikation und Selbstdarstellung. Zur Struktur und Charakteristik römischer Fachtexte der frühen Kaiserzeit, Munich 2009: C.H.Beck).

He has edited nine volumes, most recently Graeco-Roman Antiquity and the Idea of Nationalism in the 19th Century: Case Studies (Berlin & Boston 2016: De Gruyter; edited together with Richard Warren) and Interactions between Animals and Humans in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (Berlin & Boston 2017: De Gruyter; edited with Edmund Thomas). A volume entitled Letters and Communities: Studies in the Socio-Political Dimensions of Ancient Epistolography is due to appear in 2017/18 (Oxford: Oxford University Press; edited with Paola Ceccarelli, Lutz Doering & Ingo Gildenhard).

Full CV and list of publications:

https://www.klassphil.hu-berlin.de/de/personen/personendokumente/foegen-cv-publications-website.pdf