Academic Visitors and Visiting Fellows 2018-19

Dr Nikoletta Manioti 


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During my stay at the ICS, I will work on my monograph Sisters in Latin Epic. In this book I discuss all surviving epic texts written in Latin, focusing on the Augustan and Early Imperial era, and compare them to earlier and contemporary sources in both Greek and Latin whether they purport to show fictional or historical sisters. The aims of the project are to demonstrate the particular roles that sister figures are called to play in their respective poems; to highlight points of contact with general or specific examples of sisterly behaviour in Roman literary and non-literary contexts; and to argue for a creative integration within Latin epic of normative assumptions and stereotypes concerning Roman sisters.

Dates of visit: 1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018

Dr Xavier Espluga 

Dr Xavier Espluga

University of Barcelona

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Early Humanists' descriptions of ancient Rome constitute a particular antiquarian genre that goes beyond medieval descriptions of Rome and her churches (the so-called Mirabilia), combining information given by ancient sources with contemporary autopsies of the city’s ruins. During my stay I will work on the ‘anonymus Magliabechianus’, an early Renaissance description of ancient Rome. The first task is to establish a new critical edition of the text, using the manuscripts of the two main branches and comparing their readings. Once the critical text has been established, I will proceed with the study and commentary of the text. One of the first things to do will be the identification of ancient sources used by the anonymous author in his description of ancient Rome. .

Dates of visit: 1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Dr Amy Coker 

Most of my work at the moment is on the language of the human body in Greek, specifically on cataloguing, describing, and exploring the significance of the vocabulary of sex, defecation, and the ‘edges’ of the body, and how words for these actions and body parts overlap with the broader category of offensive language and insult. In the longer term I am working towards writing what is in essence a Greek companion to Adams’ Latin Sexual Vocabulary, setting the vocabulary of Old Comedy alongside the language of medical writers and that which is preserved in ephemeral texts such as papyri and graffiti. During 2017-2018 I am working on two papers on aspects of this bigger project: the first is on the use of offensive speech by Aristophanes to delineate and delegitimise subaltern or ‘out’ groups, and the second on a little-known Greek treatise by Suetonius entitled On Insults (Περὶ βλασφημιῶν), in particular on how this work is both a mix of backward-looking antiquarianism, and something rather more vested in Suetonius’ present.

Dates of visit: 13 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Dr des Janja Soldo

Dr Janja Soldo

Ludwig Maximilian University, Munich

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During my stay at the ICS I shall be working on ambiguity in the ancient world. Ambiguity is ubiquitous in all forms of verbal and non-verbal communication, whether text or spoken word, picture or body language, and every form of interaction constantly processes and decodes ambiguous utterances. With the potential for ambiguity of prose texts having been underestimated by scholarship, I am particularly interested in ambiguity in Latin prose, above all in philosophical, theological, and rhetorical texts. I want to explore how ambiguity is created and perceived: which textual characteristics fabricate ambiguous utterances in the first place, how readers recognize ambiguities in a text and, more importantly, how they settle on a meaning, how we may distinguish between deliberate and unintentional ambiguities as well as how the modern perception of ambiguity is different from the ancient perception.

Dates of visit: 1 April 2018 - 30 September 2018

Dr Thomas Coward

I will spend the summer of 2018 at the Institute of Classical Studies to finish a monograph entitled 'Pindar and Greek Lyric Poetry: A Tradition of Innovation', which explores Pindar’s dependence upon former traditions of lyric poetry and music, the shaping of his poetic strategy, and how this makes him distinctive. The monograph considers to what degree these influences would have been perceptible to his listeners and what their expectations and experiences would be. In particular, I will examine Pindar’s mythical narratives in both dactylo-epitrites and aeolo-choriambic metres, and taking on board recent publications on Simonides, I shall examine Simonides’ influences more closely in a dedicated chapter. The monograph as a whole considers Pindar’s engagement with Greek song-culture.

Dates of visit: 1 June 2018 - 31 August 2018

Ms Sara Lazić 

Sara Lazic

University of Belgrade

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During my stay at the ICS, I will be working on my PhD thesis "The political aspects of youth in the Late Roman Republic“. The main focus of my research is on the political repercussions of the youth-problem in corroboration with the history of the Late Republic. It will be necessary to investigate how the notion of "young people" was connected to contemporary ideas of Roman politics. Under special circumstances, the younger generation could be dangerous for the State and for the existing social order – they took initiatives in periods of political crisis, especially during the civil wars. They were ready to sacrifice status rei publice for their ideals, ambitions and political goals, although they generally had no prestige or political weight or even legal competence for a political career. I want to explore the features of young people, especially the features that influenced the political situation and matters in Republican society.

Dates of visit: 13 June 2018 - 14 August 2018

Professor Juan Manuel Cortés Copete

Professor Cortes Copete

Universidad Pablo de Olavide (Seville, Spain)

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While at the ICS, I shall continue work on a comprehensive edition of the letters and speeches of the emperor Hadrian.

Dates of visit: 15 July 2018 to 30 November 2018

Professor Daniel Silvermintz

Prof Daniel Silvermintz

University of Houston-Clear Lake

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Daniel Silvermintz, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of Humanities at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Professor Silvermintz’s research focuses on ancient Greek political and ethical thought and has appeared in Classical World, Polis, Omnibus, Metaphilosophy, Ancient World, History of Political Economy, and Yale Economic Review. His book on the founder of the sophistic movement, Protagoras: Ancients in Action was published by Bloomsbury Academic in 2016, and he is currently working on a book concerning Plato’s economic thought.

Dates of visit: 30 July 2018 - 17 August 2018

Mr Lorenzo Pérez Yarza

Lorenzo Pérez Yarza

Zaragoza University

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My research focuses on the Roman cult of Sol in the Western part of the Empire. I am particularly interested in cultural exchange and the role of minorities as a way of religious interaction. The aim of my research is the continuity of Sol from Republic to Late Antiquity. This topic has also led me to explore processes of acculturation and syncretism. Those concepts link with the ARMAAC project (“Religious Acculturation processes in the Ancient World and Colonial America” in Spanish), in which I participate. During my short academic stay at the ICS, I will work on the crucial concept of the religious impact of minorities for my PhD thesis project.

Dates of visit: 1 August 2018 - 17 August 2018

Dr Laura Carrara 

Dr Laura Carrara

Heidelberger Akademie der Wissenschaften / Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen

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During my stay at the Institute of Classical Studies I will be working on my monograph entitled “Τύποι σεισμολογικοί - The representation of earthquakes in ancient Greek and Latin literature”, aiming at completing the manuscript. This book, which is currently registered as Habilitationsschrift in Classical Philology at the University of Tübingen, is driven by the assumption that natural disasters such as earthquakes could not be, and were not, taken over as value-neutral ‘hard facts’ in ancient literature. Just like all other topics in literary discourses, by entering the domain of writing they also had to conform to pre-existing textual conventions, rules, and reader’s expectations. My investigation aims at understanding and appreciating ancient texts on earthquakes not primarily as sources for the recovery of scientific data (epicenter, magnitude, etc.) of past seismic events, but as artistic compositions with their own internal structures, strategies and goals. While at the Institute, I will focus particularly on the reception of earthquakes in Greek rhetorical writings from the Roman imperial period.

Dates of visit: 6 August 2018 – 13 October 2018

Dr Elizabeth Pender 

University of Leeds

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My research area is Plato and Greek traditions of thought. I am interested in the development and significance of Greek philosophy in its specific cultural settings, particularly the intersections, from archaic to classical Greece, between Greek poetry and 'polis' values. For the Centenary commemorations of the First World War, these broader interests in political ideals led to a collaborative research project, ‘Classical Heroism in War and Peace 1914-24’, for which I am currently completing the collection, 'Classics and Classicists in World War One'. During my fellowship I will resume research on my book, 'Plato’s Poetic Allusions', continuing a study of Plato’s engagements in the 'Timaeus-Critias' with a range of Greek poets, including Homer, Hesiod, Empedocles and Solon. I am excited to explore how this new hymn to the universe fuses physics, metaphysics, religion and politics. My aim is to show how poetic allusions reveal Plato’s literary energy and purpose, as he creates an unparalleled artistic vision of the cosmos that encompasses and challenges centuries of philosophical and cultural debate.

Dates of visit: 15 August 2018 – 15 August 2019

Professor Onno van Nijf 

Prof van Nijf

University of Groningen

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The main aim of my fellowship is to prepare a monograph on Greek athletics in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. These were the heydays of a highly complex festival culture that took the form of athletic (and theatrical or musical) contests. I want to study this phenomenon on the basis of a comprehensive investigation of the source material using social network theory and other recent (digital) approaches to ancient history. A secondary aim is to work on an on-line database of athletes, performers and festivals My stay in London will be used further to develop the database with a view to a network analysis and to integrate it with other initiatives in the field of digital humanities.

Dates of visit: 31 August 2018 – 28 February 2019

Dr Maria Fragoulaki 

Dr Fragoulakis

Cardiff University

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During my stay at the ICS I will work on my current reseach projects, which involve: completion of the introduction on collective memory to my forthcoming co-edited volume Shaping Memory in Ancient Greece: Poetry, Historiography and Epigraphy, Histos Supplement 9; completion of a journal article on Athenian cleruchies; work on my second monograph, on Thucydides and Homer: Literary, Historical and Cultural Interactions. In collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies, in April 2019 I will organise an international workshop on Thucydides’ modern reception, involving teaching, research and performance.

Dates of visit: 1 September 2018 – 31 August 2019

Dr Natale Barca 

During my stay at ICS I will focus on two great revolts of slaves which took place in Sicily in the second half of II century BCE, some decades before the more famous Rebellion of Spartacus. Those revolts were less improvised and much wider and better organized than previous similar ones. Also, as the slave army was flanked by armed bands of free proletarians, it seemed to be in front of a social revolution and a war of liberation, in any case to an attempt to expel the foreigner. Diodorus of Sicily called them First and Second Slave Wars and even today they are named this way. A memory of such the ancient evenements survives in Enna, Sicily. I refer to the bronze statue of Eunus, the leader of the rebels of the First War, which stands just outside the ancient citadel. The monument depicts a man who throws a scream while breaking his chains.

Dates of visit: 1 October 2018 – 25 November 2018

Professor Martin Revermann 

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T.B.L. Webster Fellow

University of Toronto

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I am a Classicist and Theatre Studies scholar whose research interests are not confined to Graeco-Roman antiquity but cover the cultural history of theatre (both Western and Asian) more broadly and until the 21st century. Specific areas include performance criticism of Greek drama, the cultural history of Greek theatre from antiquity to the 21st century, the history and theory of translation, theatre iconography, theatre theory and theatre sociology. Another major focus of my research is the work of Bertolt Brecht, especially exploring Brecht’s position as a playwright, director and theorist within the history of theatre as a whole. This will be one major research project which I will pursue further while being at ICS. The other will be a project on translation, especially the interfaces, historical as well as theoretical, between translation and Classics (defined both as an academic discipline and as a body of evidence from Graeco-Roman antiquity).


Dates of visit: 4 - 24 November 2018, 17 February - 2 March 2019, 7 - 28 April 2019

Dr Phoebe Garrett 

Phoebe Garrett

Australian National University, Canberra

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Phoebe works on characterization and structure in ancient biography. Her first major work was on the use of ancestry in Suetonius’ Lives of the Caesars. She is currently teaching Latin in the Centre for Classical Studies at the Australian National University and researching in the Australian National Dictionary Centre. She is happy to be able to come to Britain as the recipient of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies’ ‘Early Career Award’ for a project on Structure and Persuasion in Suetonius’ Caesars’ and an award for the same project from the Australian Academy of the Humanities. While she is visiting the ICS she will be working on aspects of structure and persuasion in Suetonius’ Caesars, especially closural structures such as death narratives and physical descriptions.

Dates of visit: 19 November 2018 - 14 December 2018

Professor Franco De Angelis 

Prof de Angelis

A.D. Trendall Fellow

University of British Columbia

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My research at the ICS will involve working on a new book re-examining the pre-Roman western Mediterranean between the 9th and 3rd centuries BC, especially Italy, its later historical centre. These centuries witnessed the conjoining of immigrant cultures and economies from the eastern Mediterranean (particularly Greeks and Phoenicians) with indigenous cultures of the western Mediterranean (particularly Etruscans and Sardinians). Modern scholarship has long been dominated by the view that the immigrants encountered a backwards western Mediterranean, and that the supposedly more sophisticated newcomers transferred their advanced cultures and economies to them. In the last generation, another view has challenged this narrative, thanks to the growth and interpretation of archaeological data in the western Mediterranean. More careful and systematic analyses have begun, without automatically attributing developments to eastern Mediterranean origins. Scholarly positions generally remain there, polarised, with historical narratives pulling in opposite directions. My research project seeks to find a reasoned middle ground and to bridge the scholarly and disciplinary divides, in order to do justice to the abundant evidence and its interpretation and to find a solution to the current scholarly impasse.


Dates of visit: 1 June 2019 - 31 August 2019