Dr Matthew Trundle (Auckland), “The Spartan krypteia: Secret service, special ops, or initiation rite?”

Roehampton and South-West London Classical Association

On Monday 2nd October 2017 Dr Matthew Trundle (Auckland) will join us at Roehampton to present his lecture on:

“The Spartan krypteia: Secret service, special ops, or initiation rite?”

University of Roehampton

Digby Stuart College

Duchesne room 004.

All welcome.

Introducing Katerina Volioti

Dr Katerina Volioti is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Humanities where she teaches modules on Classical art. Katerina was educated at the Universities of Cambridge (BA in Archaeology & Anthropology), Oxford (MSc in Management), and Humboldt (MA in Politics). She worked in corporate business—where she was responsible for designing and rolling out induction and training programmes for high-performance teams—before returning to academia to write a PhD on the materiality of Greek vases at the University of Reading. Katerina is passionate about HE teaching and is fully committed to embedding transferrable skills into her lectures, aiming to empower students to work in a global and multicultural world. Her research combines perspectives from social theory, cognitive psychology, and product marketing with the study of Attic decorated pottery of a lesser artistic merit. She has published widely in academic journals and edited volumes. Her latest publications include a book chapter entitled ‘Volitional Consumption’ in an edited volume by Routledge (2017) and another chapter in a forthcoming book Between Words and Walls, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Introducing Fiona McHardy

Fiona McHardy is Professor of Classics and is also the Head of Classics in the Department of Humanities.  She is interested in ancient and modern Greek literature, folk poetry, anthropology and culture. She is author of Revenge in Athenian Culture (2008) and has co-edited four volumes: Women’s Influence on Classical Civilization (2004), Lost Dramas of Classical Athens (2005), From Abortion to Pederasty (2014) and Revenge and Gender from Classical to Renaissance Literature (forthcoming). She is currently writing a book with Susan Deacy on Gendered Violence in Ancient Greece, covering such topics as infanticide, rape, uxoricide and domestic violence. Fiona teaches modules on ancient Greek language, literature and culture.

Introducing Tony Keen

Tony Keen came to Roehampton in 2013 as a Visiting Lecturer, after a teaching career that stretches back to 1990. He became Lecturer in Classical Civilisation in July of 2017. He teaches modules on Classical Reception, ancient history and mythology; he is also the convenor of the MRes in Classical Research. He researches on Classical Reception in popular culture, especially science fiction and fantasy, and cinema.

Tony’s most recent publication is the chapter ‘Prometheus, Pygmalion, and Helen: Science Fiction and Mythology’ in Vanda Zajko and Helena Hoyle (eds), A Handbook to the Reception of Classical Mythology (Oxford & Malden, MA, 2017). He is the author of Dynastic Lycia: A Political History of the Lycians and their Relations with foreign Powers, c. 545-362 B.C. (Leiden, 1998) and co-editor of The Unsilent Library: Essays on the Russell T. Davies Era of the new Doctor Who (London, 2011), which was shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award for Best Non-Fiction. He is currently organising the conference Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space II: The Age of Prometheus which will take place at Roehampton in August 2018.

For more information, check out Tony’s Roehampton webpage and his Roehampton blog.

Introducing Marco Fantuzzi

Marco Fantuzzi has just joined the Classical Civilisation programme as Professor of Classics. He is a member of the boards of Bryn Mawr Classical Review, Materiali e Discussioni, and Seminari Romani di Cultura Greca. Among his publications are: Bionis Smyrnaei Adonidis epitaphium (Liverpool, 1985); Ricerche su Apollonio Rodio, Rome, 1988; Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry (Cambridge, 2004, with R. Hunter); Achilles in Love (Oxford, 2012). He co-edited (with R. Pretagostini) Struttura e storia dell’esametro greco (Rome, 1995-6), (with T. Papanghelis) Brill’s Companion to Greek and Latin Pastoral (Leiden, 2006), and (with C. Tsagalis) A Companion to the Epic Cycle and Its Fortune in the Ancient World (Cambridge, 2015). His full-scale commentary on the Rhesus ascribed to Euripides (under contract with Cambridge University Press) and a synthetic introduction to the same tragedy in Bloomsbury’s series Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy are due to be out in 2018.

Research interests: Greek Drama (especially Tragedy and New Comedy); Hellenistic Poetry; Homer; Greek Lyric and Elegiac Poetry; Greek Verse-Inscriptions; Greek and Latin Metrics; Ancient Literary Criticism and Scholarship & History of Classical Scholarship.

Please see here for further information (especially while Marco’s university webpage is under construction).

E-mail: Marco.Fantuzzi@roehampton.ac.uk

Introducing Shushma Malik

Shushma Malik will be coming to Roehampton in January 2018 from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, as Lecturer in Classics. Her research interests include the role of Roman emperors in the classical tradition, Roman religions, and imperial historiography. In particular, she has worked extensively on the Emperor Nero’s portrayal in Christian history as the Antichrist, and has published on portrayals of Roman emperors in the works and letters of Oscar Wilde. She is also co-author of a series for the online media outlet The Conversation, entitled ‘Mythbusting Ancient Rome’, and has twice appeared on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national radio programme Conversations with Richard Fidler.

Please see here for further information about Shushma. Roehampton webpage url tba!

E-mail: Shushma.Malik@roehampton.ac.uk

Introducing Marta García Morcillo

Marta García Morcillo is Senior Lecturer in Ancient History. Before joining Roehampton she was Senior Research Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, and Lecturer at the Universities of Wales TSD, Leicester, Dresden and Heidelberg. Her main research focuses on ancient economy and trade, with special interest in Roman financial history and wealth, ancient marketing and economic, legal and technical writing. Marta also works on the Reception of Antiquity in modern visual and performing arts, and particularly on cinema and advertising. Her revised PhD (publ. 2005) was devoted to Roman auctions. Her publications include the co-edition of Seduction and Power: Antiquity in the Visual and Performing Arts (Bloomsbury, 2013); Imagining Ancient Cities in Film (Routledge, 2015) and Ruin or Renewal: Places and the Transformation of Memory in the City of Rome (Edizioni Quasar, 2016). She is currently working on a project about Roman art markets. Marta is founder member of the international network Imagines (www.imagines-project.org) and her main teaching revolves around the history of the Roman Empire, with special attention to power mechanisms, political, social and economic crises and patterns of sustainability and change during the Principate. She also convenes a module on the history, archaeology and modern receptions of the city of Pompeii.

For further information, please check out Marta’s Roehampton webpage.

E-mail: marta.garcia-morcillo@roehampton.ac.uk

Introducing Ed Sanders

Ed Sanders is a Lecturer in Classical Civilisation and has worked at Roehampton since 2015. He was previously an Early Career Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Research Associate at Oxford. His research is on the many (literary, historical, philosophical) roles of emotion in Classical Greek literature and society, currently with particular interest in Attic oratory, Thucydides and Aristotle’s Rhetoric.  His publications include the monograph Envy and jealousy in Classical Athens, and three (co-)edited volumes: Erôs in ancient Greece, Erôs and the polis: Love in context, and Emotion and persuasion in classical antiquity.  He teaches Greek literature, Greek history, and both ancient languages, and his supervision interests include gender and sexuality, and Classical Athenian culture and politics.

For further information, please check out Ed’s Roehampton webpage.

E-mail: Ed.Sanders@roehampton.ac.uk

Introducing Kathryn Tempest

Dr Kathryn Tempest is Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Latin Literature; she is also the Programme Convener for the BA Classical Civilisation programme. Her research concentrates on the literature, history and political life of the late Roman republic, with particular interests in oratory and rhetoric, all aspects of Cicero, ancient letters and biography. She is the author of Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome (Continuum, 2011; reprinted by Bloomsbury, 2013), and Brutus: The Noble Conspirator (Yale University Press, 2017); she has also co-edited a book on Hellenistic oratory: Continuity and Change (Oxford University Press, 2013), with Christos Kremmydas. These interests are all combined and reflected in her teaching at Roehampton, where she runs modules on the Latin language, ancient literature, Cicero and Rome. Kathryn serves as Vice-President for both the Association of Latin Teachers and the Classical Association; she is the current editor of Omnibus.

For more information, please go to Kathryn’s university webpage.

E-mail: k.tempest@roehampton.ac.uk

Introducing Mike Edwards

[This is the first in a series of posts introducing the members of the Classical Civilisation team.]

Mike Edwards is Professor of Classics and Head of the Department of Humanities. He has worked at Roehampton since 2013. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of the Peloponnese, Kalamata. He was previously Head of Classics at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, Acting Dean and Deputy Dean of the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and Professor of Classics in the School of English and Drama, Queen Mary University of London. His research focuses on classical rhetoric, in particular the Attic Orators, and he has also published on Plutarch’s Lives and Latin poetry. He can supervise on a wide range of Classical Greek and Latin literature, especially oratory, historiography and biography, and aspects of Greek and Roman social and political history.

For more information, please see Mike’s university webpage.

E-mail: Mike.edwards@roehampton.ac.uk