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Graeme Miles

Senior Lecturer, Classics
First Year and Major Coordinator, Ancient Greek

Room 444 , Humanities Building

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Graeme.Miles@utas.edu.au

Graeme Miles is a Senior Lecturer in Classics in History & Classics in the School of Humanities and researches Greek literature (especially of the Roman Era) and philosophy (especially the Platonic tradition). He is also a publishing poet.

Biography

Graeme completed his undergraduate study and PhD at the University of Western Australia. Following his doctorate he was an Asialink writer in residence based at the University of Madras, then a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Ghent, Belgium (2007), before returning to teach at UWA in early 2008. He moved to the University of Tasmania in second semester 2008.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree Title of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Humanity, Animality and Divinity in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius and Heroicus University of Western Australia Australia 2007
BA (Hons) Some Aspects of Euripides' Dionysus University Western Australia Australia 2000

Languages (other than English)

High proficiency in Ancient Greek and Latin. Reading knowledge of French, German, Italian.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Australasian Society for Classical Studies
  • International Society for Neoplatonic Studies

Teaching

Ancient Greek language, Ancient Greek literature, Second Sophistic, Greek Philosophy.

Teaching expertise

Graeme teaches a broad range of units in ancient literature and culture, especially Greek. He also teaches contemporary poetry. He has received several teaching awards and has supervised PhD and MA projects in ancient Greek language, literature, philosophy and culture.

  • Ancient Civilisations 1B: Introduction to Classical Literature (HTC101)
  • War and the Hero: Classical Epic (HTC210) and (HTC310)
  • Comedy and Tragedy in the Classical World (HTC211) and (HTC311)
  • Greek and Roman Mythology (HTC223) and (HTC323)
  • Desire and Disorder in the Erotic Text (HTC239) and (HTC339)
  • Ancient Greek 1A (HTG101)
  • Ancient Greek 1B (HTG102)
  • Intermediate Ancient Greek A (HTG216) and Advanced Ancient Greek A (HTG316)
  • Intermediate Ancient Greek B (HTG218) and Advanced Ancient Greek B (HTG318)
  • Special Topic in Advanced Ancient Greek A (HTG301)
  • Special Topic in Advanced Ancient Greek B (HTG302)

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Expertise

Graeme’s work examines intellectual life and education in the Roman Empire, especially in the Greek-speaking east from the second to sixth centuries. It focuses especially on the nature of interpretation and the role of philosophy as a lived practice. He has in particular published extensively on the works of early third-century polymath Flavius Philostratus and on the Platonic tradition in later antiquity.

As a poet Graeme has published three collections, speaking to several concerns that have become pressing in contemporary poetry and literature more broadly (e.g. questions concerning the fragility of social systems, mortality, and the seeping of the past into the present).

Research areas:

  • Ancient Greek literature and culture,
  • Ancient Greek and Latin languages,
  • Ancient Greek philosophy,
  • Contemporary Australian poetry.

Collaboration

Graeme is currently involved in some major collaborative translation projects, producing with Professor Han Baltussen a new English translation of Philostratus’ Lives of the Sophists and Eunapius’ Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists (for the Loeb series at Harvard University Press), and with Professor Dirk Baltzly and Professor John F. Finamore of Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Republic in three volumes with Cambridge University Press.

Current projects

  • Translation of Philostratus’ Lives of the Sophists and Eunapius’ Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists
  • Translation of Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Republic
  • Monograph on Proclus and the Platonic Schools of Late Antiquity
  • Fourth collection of poems (as yet untitled)

Fields of Research

  • Latin and classical Greek literature (470513)
  • Other literatures in English (470526)
  • History of philosophy (500208)
  • Other creative arts and writing (369999)
  • Classical Greek and Roman history (430305)
  • Philosophy (500399)
  • Literary studies (470599)
  • Australian literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander literature) (470502)
  • Multicultural, intercultural and cross-cultural studies (470212)
  • Comparative religious studies (500402)
  • Philosophy of religion (500316)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology (280113)
  • Understanding Europe's past (130704)
  • Expanding knowledge in creative arts and writing studies (280122)
  • Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies (280119)
  • Understanding past societies (130799)
  • Literature (130203)
  • Expanding knowledge in language, communication and culture (280116)
  • Other culture and society (139999)
  • Religious rituals and traditions (excl. structures) (130503)
  • Understanding Australia's past (130703)
  • Understanding Asia's past (130702)
  • Religion and society (130501)

Publications

Graeme’s monograph, Philostratus: Interpreters and Interpretation (Routledge, 2018) broke new ground in the understanding of a major Greek author of the early third century. His current work with Dirk Baltzly and John F. Finamore is producing the first English translation of a major fifth-century philosophical text, Proclus’ Commentary on Plato’s Republic. This series of three volumes with Cambridge University Press makes the text more accessible for a broad readership and offers detailed and up-to-date analyses of the work. His new translation of Philostratus’ Lives of the Sophists and Eunapius’ Lives of the Philosophers and Sophists with Han Baltussen replaces the previous Loeb translation, which is now over a century old, and places the text more exactly in its literary and cultural environment. He has published major articles in prominent classical journals, including the Journal of Hellenic Studies and Classical Quarterly.

Graeme’s work as a poet has appeared in numerous literary journals and with reputable book publishers (Fremantle Press, John Leonard Press and most recently University of WA Press).

Total publications

46

Journal Article

(15 outputs)
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2018Miles G, 'Mythic paradigms and the Platonic life: Becoming a Bacchus in Damascius' Philosophical History', Journal of Hellenic Studies, 138 pp. 55-66. ISSN 0075-4269 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0075426918000046 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Leane E, Miles G, 'The poles as planetary places', The Polar Journal, 7, (2) pp. 270-286. ISSN 2154-896X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2017.1373913 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Leane E

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2017Miles G, 'Ominous swans in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius (1.5)', Mnemosyne, 70, (5) pp. 758-774. ISSN 0026-7074 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1163/1568525X-12342212 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Miles G, 'Hippolytus, the Lamia, and the Eunuch: Celibacy and narrative strategy in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius', Classical Philology, 112, (2) pp. 200-218. ISSN 0009-837X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/691538 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

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2015Miles G, 'Stones, Wood and Woven Papyrus: Porphyry's on Statues', Journal of Hellenic Studies, 135 pp. 78-94. ISSN 0075-4269 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0075426915000075 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 1

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2015Miles GRI, 'Incarnating Proteus in Philostratus' Life of Apollonius of Tyana', Ancient Narrative, 13 pp. 139-157. ISSN 1568-3532 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Miles GRI, 'Review: Jeffrey Rusten, Jason Konig, Philostratus. Heroicus, Gymnasticus, Discourses 1 and 2. Loeb Classical Library, 521. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 12, (33) pp. 1. ISSN 1055-7660 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2011Miles GRI, 'Review of Letizia Abbondanza (ed.), Filostrato maggiore. Immagini. Biblioteca Aragno. Torino: Nino Aragno Editore, 2008', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2011, (03) pp. no. 73. ISSN 1063-2948 (2011) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2010Miles G, 'Narrative Form and Philosophical Implications in the Life of Plotinus', Phrasis: studies in language and literature, 51, (1) pp. 59-81. ISSN 2030-5265 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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2010Miles GRI, 'Review of John M. Dillon, Wolfgang Polleichtner (ed.), Iamblichus of Chalcis: The Letters. Writings from the Greco-Roman World. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 ', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, (11) pp. no. 33. ISSN 1063-2948 (2010) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2009Miles GRI, 'Peter Grossardt, Einfuhrung, Ubersetzung und Kommentar zum Heroikos von Flavius Philostrat ', Gnomon-Kritische Zeitschrift fur die gesamte klassische Altertumswissenschaft, 81, (3) pp. 201-204. ISSN 0017-1417 (2009) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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2009Miles GRI, 'The representation of reading in 'Philip the Philosopher's' essay on Heliodorus', Byzantion: revue internationale des etudes byzantines, 79, (2009) pp. 292-305. ISSN 0378-2506 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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Citations: Scopus - 2

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2009Miles GRI, Demoen K, 'In Praise of the Fable. The Philostratean Aesop', Hermes - Zeitschrift fur klassische Philologie, 137, (1) pp. 28-44. ISSN 0018-0777 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2006Miles GRI, 'Ellen Bradshaw Aitken and Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean (ed.), Philostratus's Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E', Limina: Journal of History and Cultural Studies, 12 pp. 74-76. ISSN 1324-4558 (2006) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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2005Miles GRI, 'Music and Immortality: The Afterlife of Achilles in Philostratus', Ancient Narrative, 4 pp. 66-78. ISSN 1568-3540 (2005) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(4 outputs)
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2018Baltzly DC, Finamore J, Miles G, 'Proclus: Commentary On Plato's Republic, vol 1', Cambridge University Press, Australia, pp. xi + 385. ISBN 9781316650899 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1017/9781316650899 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Baltzly DC

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2018Baltzly DC, Finamore J, Miles GRI, Miles G, 'Proclus', Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, pp. 1-424. ISBN 9781316650899 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1017/9781316650899 [eCite] [Details]

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2018Miles G, 'Philostratus: Interpreters and Interpretation', Routledge, pp. 186. ISBN 978-1-13-821945-8 (2018) [Authored Research Book]

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2013Borg M, Miles GRI, 'Approaches to Genre in the Ancient World', Cambridge Scholars Press, United Kingdom (2013) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

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2020Baltzly D, Miles G, 'Der Spiegel der Seele. Architektonische Ekphrasis in antiken Quellen', Betrachtungen der Architektur: Versuche in Ekphrasis, transcript-Verlag, T Kammasch (ed), Germany, pp. 35-45. ISBN 9783839449943 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.14361/9783839449943 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Miles G, 'Summarising Platonic Education in Proclus' Reading of Plato's Cave and Divided Line', Eastern Christianity and Late Antique Philosophy, Brill, E Anagnostou-Laoutides and K Parry (ed), Leiden, Netherlands, pp. 218-236. ISBN 9789004411883 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1163/9789004429567_010 [eCite] [Details]

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2020Miles G, 'Philosophers and their Neoplatonic Lives: Problems and Paradigms', The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Biography, Oxford University Press, K De Temmerman (ed), Oxford, UK, pp. 349-362. ISBN 9780198703013 (2020) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198703013.001.0001 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Miles G, 'Philostratus', Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic, Oxford University Press, DS Richter and WA Johnson (ed), United States, pp. 1-23. ISBN 9780199837472 (2017) [Other Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199837472.013.29 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Miles GRI, 'Psellos and his traditions', Byzantine Perspectives on Neoplatonism, De Gruyter, S Mariev (ed), Berlin, pp. 79-102. ISBN 978-1-5015-1167-7 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1515/9781501503597-005 [eCite] [Details]

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2014Miles GRI, 'Living as a Sphinx: Composite Being and Monstrous Interpreter in the 'Middle Life' of Michael Psellos', Conjunctions of Mind, Soul and Body from Plato to the Enlightenment, Springer, D Kambaskovic-Sawers (ed), Netherlands, pp. 11-24. ISBN 978-94-017-9072-7 (2014) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-9072-7_2 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1

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2013Miles Graeme, 'Genres of Painting and Genres of Text in the Imagines of Philostratus', Approaches to Genre in the Ancient World, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Michelle Borag and Graeme Miles (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, pp. 123-141. ISBN 9781443849807 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Miles GRI, 'Reforming the Eyes: Interpreters and Interpretation in the Vita Apollonii', Theios Sophistes. Essays on Flavius Philostratus' Vita Apollonii. , Brill, Demoen, Kristoffel; Praet, Danny (ed), Leiden, pp. 129-160. ISBN 978-90-04-17109-1 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2018Miles G, 'Book review: A NEW EDITION OF PHILOSTRATUS AND POLEMON - (R.S.) Stefec (ed.) Flavii Philostrati Vitas Sophistarum. Ad quas accedunt Polemonis Laodicensis declamationes quae exstant duae. (Scriptorum Classicorum Bibliotheca Oxoniensis.)', The Classical Review pp. 1-2. ISSN 0009-840X (2018) [Review Single Work]

DOI: 10.1017/S0009840X18000203 [eCite] [Details]

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2007Miles GRI, 'Catherine Osborne, Dumb Beasts and Dead Philosophers: Humanity and the Humane in Ancient Philosophy and Literature ', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 09, (Review no. 60) pp. 2373 words. (2007) [Review Single Work]

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Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Miles G, ''I, Porphyry': the narrator of the Vita Plotini', Open Acess Australasian Society for Classical Studies Proceedings, 2-5 February 2010, Perth: University of Western Australia EJ (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]

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Major Creative Work

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Miles G, 'Infernal Topographies', UWA Publishing, pp. 100 (2020) [Published Creative Work]

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2012Miles GRI, 'Recurrence', John Leonard Press, St Kilda, VIC, 1st edition, pp. 61 (2012) [Other Exhibition]

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2006Miles GRI, 'Phosphorescence: a collection of poems', Fremantle Press, Western Australia, 1st, pp. 78 (2006) [Published Creative Work]

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Other Creative Work

(13 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Miles G, 'Dog, Mountain and Moon', UWA Publishing, Australia, pp. 1 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2017Miles G, 'Those Apes', Puncher and Wattman, Australia, pp. 1 (2017) [Minor Creative Work]

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2016Miles G, 'Heart of Glass', Southerly Journal, Australia, pp. 1 (2016) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Miles G, 'Domestic Fauna', Australia, pp. 1 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2015Miles G, 'Some Similes about Similes about Similes', University of Western Australia, Australia, pp. 1 (2015) [Minor Creative Work]

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2014Miles G, 'In a Symbolist Mood', Australia, pp. 1 (2014) [Minor Creative Work]

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2010Miles GRI, 'Fotis' Portraits', island.magazine@utas.edu.au, Sandy Bay, Hobart , pp. 1 (2010) [Minor Creative Work]

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2010Miles GRI, 'Ariadne on Naxos', University of Western Australia. Arts Union, Nedlands, W.A., pp. pp.204-206 (2010) [Minor Creative Work]

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2009Miles GRI, 'Two Guesses at Immortality', Puncher & Wattmann , Glebe, pp. 1 (2009) [Minor Creative Work]

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2007Miles GRI, 'Talking Glass', University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, pp. pp. 44-45 (2007) [Minor Creative Work]

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2006Miles GRI, 'Some Things the Body Knows', Black Inc, Melbourne, pp. 1 (2006) [Minor Creative Work]

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2004Miles GRI, 'Alternative Daylights', Black Inc, Melbourne, pp. 2 (2004) [Minor Creative Work]

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2004Miles GRI, 'The Road in the Rearview Mirror at Night', University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, pp. 1 (2004) [Minor Creative Work]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$30,350

Projects

The 'likeness to god' in late-antique philosophy (3rd to 6th centuries AD) (2016)$11,684
Description
The ancient notion that the goal of living an ethical life was becoming like god can seem particularly remote and strange to our secular age. Nonetheless, this is a pervasive idea at least from Plato (5th-4th centuries BC) throughout antiquity and into Christianity and Islam. My proposed project is part of a broader attempt to understand what this idea meant to a range of ancient thinkers: Christians, Jews, Muslims and pagans, some with a belief in a non-material reality, others materialists. To understandthis on the ancients own terms contributes to our understanding of ancient religion and philosophy, and the legacy of ancient thought in the present day. It contributes a deeper understanding of the natureof philosophy and of an ethical life, and of the changing concepts of divinity across cultures and religions.
Funding
University of Tasmania ($11,684)
Scheme
Grant-Research Enhancement (REGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Miles GRI; Baltzly DC
Year
2016
Philostratus' Life of Apollonius 2-3: A Greek Sophist Imagines India (2011)$13,666
Funding
University of Tasmania ($13,666)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Miles GRI
Year
2011
Porphyry of Tyre: Ideal and Polemic (2010)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-Institutional Research Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Miles GRI
Year
2010

Research Supervision

Graeme has supervised projects in Greek literature and thought and welcomes expressions of interest from new MA or PhD students in these areas.

Current

4

Completed

14

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDThe Origin and Role of Pre-socratic Philosophic Text: Aletheia and askesis2014
PhDChange is on the Horizon: Shifting attitudes toward divinisation in Second to Third Century biography and their later reception2018
PhDA Cosmic Paradigm for Justice: Philo of Alexandria and Proclus2018
PhDCulture and Ideology in the Poetry of Quadrant and Overland2019

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDProteus and Poikilia. The Influence of Philostratus the Elder on the Dionysiaca of Nonnus of Panopolis, with Particular Emphasis on Ekphrastic and Metamorphic Elements
Candidate: John Charles Pickstone
2021
PhDFoster Wallace's The Empty Plenum Revisited: Exploring the Intersection of philosophic and literary inquiry
Candidate: Julien Vincent Tempone Wiltshire
2020
PhDManaging Empire: Romano-Italic relations and the origins of the social war
Candidate: Owen James Stewart
2019
PhDThe Inward Turn: Reading masochism in Latin literature
Candidate: Emma Jane Donnelly
2019
MastersFemale Monsters and Monstrous Females Readings of Monstrosity in Statius' Thebaid
Candidate: Isabelle Jane Duroe
2019
PhDCentaurs, Sophists and Satire: Hybridity in the Works of Lucian of Samosata
Candidate: Megan Campbell Abel
2018
PhDMetaphysics, Morality and Malevolence: An investigation into the philosophical outlook inherent in the treatment of the myths in Ovid's Metamorphoses
Candidate: Callum James Hyland
2017
PhDThe Contest for Macedon: A study on the conflict between Cassander and Polyperchon (319 - 308 B.C.)
Candidate: Evan Michael Pitt
2016
PhDThe Role of Battle Narrative in the Bellum Gallicum
Candidate: David Jonathon Nolan
2014
PhDRitualising Encounters with Subterranean Places: an Investigation of Urban Depositional Practices of Roman Britain
Candidate: Nicole Clare Collie
2013
MastersMarcus Aurelius: Family, Dynasty, Power
Candidate: Paul Jarvis
2012
PhDElegiac Ascent: Plotting a Path through Propertius' Poetic Landscape
Candidate: Michael John Berry
2012
PhDLucan's Bellum Ciuile and the Epic Genre
Candidate: Frances Louise Alexis
2011
MastersImperial Legitimacy in the Roman Empire of the Third Century: AD 193 - 337
Candidate: Matthew Kraig Shaw
2010