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Research at St Andrews

Jason Peter König


Research overview

My current work is focused broadly on the Greek literature of the Roman Empire and on the Greek and Roman novel. My new book Saints and Symposiasts: The Literature of Food and the Symposium in Greco-Roman and Early Christian Culture, is forthcoming with CUP. I am working particularly on Philostratus; also on a new project on landscape in ancient culture and literature.

I have recently finished directing a Leverhulme-funded project in St Andrews (together with Greg Woolf) on 'Science and Empire in the Roman World' as part of the activities of the School's Logos Centre. Three volumes are forthcoming from that project: Ancient Libraries (forthcoming, CUP), Encyclopaedism from Antiquity to the Renaissance (forthcoming, CUP) and Authority and Expertise in the Intellectual Culture of the Roman World (in preparation).

In addition, I continue to work on the athletic culture of the Roman Empire, following publication of my books Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire (CUP, 2005) (reviews, among others, in TLS 5382 (26/5/06); CR 56 (2006) 444-5; JRS 96 (2006) 216-18; CJ 103 (2007) 107-13; Phoenix 62 (2008) 229-31) and Greek Athletics (EUP, 2010). I am currently preparing a translation of Philostratus' Gymnasticus for the Loeb Classical Library series. I offer translations of selected ancient athletic texts on my blog, Ancient and Modern Olympics

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