Project Directors and Principal Investigators

Professor Greg Woolf

Greg Woolf is Professor of Ancient History at St Andrews. He has been working on the cultural dimensions of Roman imperialism since the 1980s, and has also written on literacy and the uses of writing in Roman society. Both interests have led him into work on ethnographic writing and the generation of ethnographic knowledge in antiquity, on which he will deliver the Bristol Blackwell Lectures in 2009. He also has an interest in comparative study of ancient imperialisms, in connection with which he is a member of the Management Committee of COST Action 36 Tributary Empires Compared

Dr Jason König

Jason König is Senior Lecturer in Greek and Classical Studies at St Andrews. His interest in scientific, miscellanistic and encyclopaedic writing is part of a wider focus on the Greek literature and culture of the Roman Empire. He has published on a range of compilatory authors from the Roman period: including Pausanias, Galen, Philostratus, Plutarch and Athenaeus. He is editor, jointly with Tim Whitmarsh, of Ordering Knowledge in the Roman Empire (CUP 2007).

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Katerina Oikonomopoulou

Katerina Oikonomopoulou specialises in Greek and Latin miscellanistic writing in the Roman Empire. She is interested in the role ancient miscellanistic texts played in the process of cultural transmission in antiquity, a topic on which she is currently preparing a monograph-length study. She is also putting together a collection of essays on Plutarch’s Quaestiones Convivales (co-edited with Frieda Klotz: forthcoming with OUP). Other interests include: ethnography and geography in imperial Graeco-Roman literature, genre theory, ancient scholarship and education.


In addition, the project benefits from the presence in the School of a high concentration of current and recently retired scholars with related interests: Prof. Elizabeth Craik, Prof. Adrian Gratwick, Prof. Harry Hine, Dr Emma Gee, Dr Alice König, and Dr Alex Long.

A number of postgraduate students in St Andrews are currently engaged in research into related subjects. These include Joe Howley, writing on Aulus Gellius, and Daniel Mintz working on Ancient Mathematics. Applications from students interested in pursuing research on the broader topic of Science and Empire are very welcome.