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New Material Musings blog post

This month, Danchen Zhang explores an intriguing case of mistaken identity on a fourth century BCE red-figure Attic pelike in an article entitled "Ismene in the wrong family? The tomb scene on the 'Exeter Vase'".

You can read it here

Funded PhD opportunities in Classics and Ancient History at Warwick

The department of Classics and Ancient History at Warwick is currently seeking expressions of interest for students looking to undertake doctoral study. The department has research expertise in Greek and Latin literature, ancient Greek drama, numismatics, the medical humanities and Greco-Arabic studies, epigraphy, ancient space, art and archaeology, as well as Greek and Roman history and material culture more broadly. An overview of our research clusters can be found at Individual staff profiles can be found at The department has a lively research environment, with weekly seminars and training activities during term time and conferences throughout the year.

Interested students are encouraged to contact a potential supervisor or Clare Rowan, Director of Graduate Studies ( to begin to develop project proposals as soon as possible; better developed proposals generally are more successful in obtaining funding.

An online information event presenting PhD study at Warwick will be held on 30 November from 5-6pm. If you wish to attend, please register your interest at An additional information session will held on 31 October from 2-3pm, and we are also happy to host prospective students on campus; for these opportunities please contact Clare Rowan ( for further details.

There are several funding schemes available for PhD funding at Warwick:

Chancellor’s International Scholarship for International Applicants (including EU) DEADLINE 14/12/2022

These are scholarships awarded from Warwick to the most outstanding international and EU PhD applicants. The scholarship includes full payment of tuition fees and a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates (£15,285 for full time award holders in 2022/23), as well as a research, training and support grant of £5,000. Candidates need to have applied to Warwick for doctoral study by 12 December 2022.

AHRC Midlands4Cities PhD funding for UK and International applicants (including EU) DEADLINE 11/1/23

The AHRC-funded Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M4C) brings together eight leading universities across the Midlands to support the professional and personal development of the next generation of arts and humanities doctoral researchers. M4C is a collaboration between the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, University of Warwick, Coventry University, University of Leicester, De Montfort University, Nottingham Trent University and The University of Nottingham. 

M4C is awarding doctoral studentships for UK and international applicants for 2023 through an open competition and Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) Collaborative Doctoral Awards (CDA) working with a range of partner organisations in the cultural, creative and heritage sector. Funding covers fees, a stipend in line with UKRI rates (£17,688 for full time award holders in 2022/23) and training/travel expenses. Before the deadline students must have applied for a place to study and ensured that two academic references are submitted via the Midlands4Cities online reference form.

For full details of eligibility, funding, research supervision areas and CDA projects, please visit: A workshop on application writing will be held in conjunction with Coventry University on 19th November from 10am to 1pm; all those interested in applying to the scheme are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop (details are on the ‘apply’ page of the M4C site).

Fully funded Departmental Scholarship DEADLINE 30 March 2023

We are delighted that we are additionally able to offer a fully funded departmental scholarship for this forthcoming year, which covers home (UK) fees and a maintenance stipend in line with UKRI rates for 3.5 years. All applicants to the Midlands4Cities scheme will automatically be considered for a departmental scholarship. Any other applicants need to have applied to study with us by 30 March 2023.

We also manage more modest departmental bursaries to support PhD study, and a fuller list of funding available at Warwick can be found at

Latest Material Musings blog post

New blog post for July is by Carlo Lualdi, who discusses the potential cultural interaction between Apulia and Macedonia via the depiction of a box on a fourth century BCE amphora, in an article titled "Precious boxes: the glitter of a new world". Read it here.

Wed 27 Jul 2022, 15:35 | Tags: Engagement Postgraduate Research PGR research

International workshop 7-8 July 2022: Malleable Texts, Fluid Authorships: Galenic Medicine and Late Antiquity.

Organisers: Dr. Caroline Petit (Warwick/HU) and Prof. Dr. Philip van der Eijk (HU)

Research on ancient pharmacological texts has increased dramatically in recent years. Several important projects and doctoral theses are underway, promising to deliver ground-breaking results in the next decade. In this scholarly context, various projects at the Humboldt-Universität and the university of Warwick seem to address converging questions on the changing nature of pharmacological texts across time and space. Authorship becomes more fluid, with the same text receiving various attributions; texts undergo changes of size, ordering, format, as they get adapted for new audiences. As texts become repackaged, manuscripts and papyri offer privileged evidence of those changes. Early translations of Greek works into Latin, Syriac and then Arabic result in epitomes and other reworked, shortened texts. Yet the transmission of ancient Greek pharmacology is often made difficult to apprehend due to missing links and medieval, fragmentary evidence. This workshop therefore proposes to offer complementary perspectives on those shifts, through communications on Greek, Latin and Arabic evidence. Themes that will be addressed include language, style, authorship, dating, transmission, manuscripts.

This workshop is supported by the Collaborative Research Center ‘Episteme in Motion’ (SFB 980), the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation, the Humboldt-Universität Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Warwick. It is hosted by the project ‘Galen of Pergamum: The Transmission, Interpretation and Completion of Ancient Medicine’ of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences.

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