The University of St Andrews has been a centre for Classical studies since its foundation in 1413, and the School of Classics continues to build on its reputation for both teaching and research. Current concentrations of expertise include (among many others) classical and post-classical Greek literature; Platonic and post-classical philosophy; the archaeology of Rome and the Roman provinces, Roman Imperial literature and history, Late Antiquity and Renaissance and later engagement with the Classics.

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Recent Submissions

  • The influence of Achaemenid Persia on fourth-century and early Hellenistic Greek tyranny 

    Lester-Pearson, Miles (2015-02) - Thesis
    This thesis is an examination of how Greek tyranny in the fourth century and the early Hellenistic age was influenced by Achaemenid Persia and the Ancient Near East. The introduction lays out the problems of interpreting ...
  • The self-presentation of the triumviral aristocracy 

    Mitchell, Hannah (2014) - Thesis
    This thesis analyses the self-presentation of the Roman aristocracy during the triumviral period. Aristocratic self-fashioning has been of great interest to scholars studying both the republic and empire; this study ...
  • Reactions to the beautiful body in Classical Athens : a tri-genre approach 

    Hymes, Elsbeth Joy (2014) - Thesis
    Economist Daniel Hamermesh’s groundbreaking Beauty Pays, building upon his earlier research, opens with the sentence: “Modern man is obsessed with beauty. ”His book analyses how beautiful individuals benefit (mainly ...
  • A philosophy as old as Homer : Giacomo Leopardi and Greek poetic pessimism 

    Franzoni, Maria Giulia (2017) - Thesis
    The aim of this thesis is twofold: it explores Giacomo Leopardi’s (1798-1837) interpretation of, and engagement with, Greek pessimistic thought and, through him, it investigates the complex and elusive phenomenon of Greek ...
  • A commentary on Statius' 'Thebaid' 1.1-45 

    Manasseh, James (2017) - Thesis
    This dissertation discusses the proem of Statius’ Thebaid (1.1-45) and the analysis of the text is split between an introduction, three extended chapters and a lemmatized commentary. Statius’ acknowledgements of his ...

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