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Jason Peter König

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Jason Peter König
Postal address:
School of Classics
Swallowgate
The Scores
St Andrews
United Kingdom

Email: jpk3@st-andrews.ac.uk

Direct phone: +44 (0)1334 462618

Research overview

One of the overarching goals of my work has been to broaden our understanding of the Greek literature and culture of the Roman empire. My work on ancient athletic culture sets literary texts against the background of ancient festivals and gymnasium education. My 2012 monograph Saints and Symposiasts brings Greco-Roman and early Christian literature of the Roman Empire into dialogue. A related series of publications aims to take a fresh look at ancient scientific, encyclopaedic and miscellanistic writing. I have recently finished directing a Leverhulme-funded project in St Andrews (together with Greg Woolf) on 'Science and Empire in the Roman World'. The last of the three edited volumes from that project, entitled Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture, was published in early 2017 by CUP.

My main current project is a book on mountains in ancient literature and culture. There has been an enormous expansion of interest in mountains in modern European literature and culture in recent decades, but classical landscape tends to get only a very cursory role in that work. My aim is to shed new light on the sophistication of ancient engagement with mountains in both literature and lived experience, and to bring the ancient evidence more into dialogue with scholarship on postclassical representations of mountain landscape. The project is supported by a three-year Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant, from July 2017, entitled 'Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception’ (the project website includes fortnightly blog posts).

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