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Staff Spotlight, January 2018

See also: Alison Cooley / Michael Scott
David Fearn

David has recently published his third book with Oxford University Press: Pindar’s Eyes: Visual and Material Culture in Epinician Poetry. This book offers an entirely new approach to fifth-century Greek lyric poetics and its relation to its contexts of commissioning, performance, and reception. It assesses lyric’s relation to the materiality, memorializing powers, and religious functionality of art-works, and the foregrounding of visual perception as a means to articulate a distinctive series of lyric attitudes to the world; and it situates approaches to Pindar’s lyric voices within broader critical-theoretical trends in comparative literary studies.

It includes detailed discussion of the relation between lyric poetics and the significance of statues in fifth-century culture, religion, and historiography via close-readings of a selection of victory odes and of episodes in Herodotus’ Histories. It also offers the first ever study of ecphrasis in Greek lyric, through a detailed investigation of the role and significance within Pindar’s first Pythian Ode of the description of the eruption of Mt Etna – as illustrated on the rather fabulous dust jacket!

Alison Cooley

Alison Cooley recently appeared (very briefly!) in Episode 4 of Bettany Hughes' series Eight Days that Made Rome (Channel 5), 'Octavian's Rise to Power', talking about sling shots from her Ashmolean Latin Inscriptions Project. You can see the actual sling bullet discussed on display in the Reading and Writing Gallery of the Ashmolean Museum.

Michael Scott

National Teaching Fellowship
Dr Michael Scott was the only Warwick University staff member in 2017 to win a prestigious National Teaching Fellowship - the highest award for teaching in Higher Education in the UK. 55 NTFs are awarded nationally each year, following a highly competitive national peer review of evidence submitted for the candidate's teaching, collegiality and pedagogical learning. The award comes with £5000 for Michael to spend on enhancing his teaching and pedagogical development, which Michael will be using to help support the development of his new ancient global history module to be taught for the first time in 2018-9, in which students will compare the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean, Asia, India and China and examine the links between them.

Advocating Classics Education - Classics wins a Widening Participation Development Fund grant.

A team of Classics staff, led by Dr Michael Scott, has won a large Warwick University Widening Participation Development Fund grant to extend the department's WP and Outreach activities. Warwick Classics is a partner in the national Advocating Classics Education project, and will be working with the ACE team, to host an event in July 2018 aimed at teachers and students from state schools in the West Midlands, supporting their teaching of Classical Civilisation and Ancient History. Following that event, in conjunction with national charity Classics for All, Warwick Classics will be facilitating the development of Classics 'hubs' across the West Midlands, helping to sustain and spread the teaching of Classics in schools.