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Research at St Andrews

Jason Peter König


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


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. I have published widely on imperial Greek authors including Dio Chrysostom, Plutarch, Lucian, Pausanias, Alciphron, Pollux, Galen and Philostratus; also on the Greek and Latin novels and on early Christian narrative, especially hagiography. My 2005 book Athletics and Literature in the Roman Empire sets literary texts against the background of ancient festivals and gymnasium education. My 2012 book Saints and Symposiasts looks at the literature of feasting and the symposium, with the goal of bringing the Greco-Roman and early Christian literature of the Roman Empire more into dialogue. A related series of publications aims take a fresh look at ancient scientific, encyclopaedic and miscellanistic writing; at representations of authority and expertise in the wider context of practices of intellectual self-definition in imperial culture; and at the relationship between late Hellenistic and later imperial Greek literature, in an edited volume entitled Late Hellenistic Greek Literature in Dialogue (CUP, forthcoming 2022; jointly with Nicolas Wiater).

I am currently working among other things on ancient representations of landscape and the environment, especially on human-environment relations in imperial Greek literature. One strand of that work is my current Leverhulme Trust Research Project (2017-2023), entitled 'Mountains in ancient literature and culture and their postclassical reception’. Publications include an edited volume entitled Mountain Dialogues from Antiquity to Modernity (Bloomsbury, 2021), and a forthcoming book The Folds of Olympus: Mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture (Princeton University Press, forthcoming 2022). 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 and the environment, and particularly with recent developments in ecocriticism and the environmental humanities. As part of that project I have also been working more recently on representations of landscape in the work of nineetenth-century travellers to Greece, especially Edward Dodwell and Edward Daniel Clarke.

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