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06 Nov 2012 18:58:35.770

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A prestigious academic prize that recognises outstanding scholars who are international leaders in their field has been awarded to two academics in the Department of Classics.

Professor Patrick Finglass, an expert in archaic and classical Greek poetry, and Dr Kostas Vlassopoulos, a specialist on Greek history and its modern reception, have both been awarded a 2012 Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust— bringing two out of five possible prizes in the Classics category to Nottingham.

Head of the Department of Classics Dr Betine Van Zyl Smit, said: “The Department of Classics is proud that the outstanding research of these two young colleagues has been recognised by this prestigious award. We confidently expect further work of this calibre from them both in future. We also value the great contribution they make to all activities in our Department.”

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A prestigious academic prize that recognises outstanding scholars who are international leaders in their field has been awarded to two academics in the Department of Classics.

Outstanding research 

Professor Patrick Finglass, an expert in archaic and classical Greek poetry, and Dr Kostas Vlassopoulos, a specialist on Greek history and its modern reception, have both been awarded a 2012 Philip Leverhulme Prize by the Leverhulme Trust— bringing two out of five possible prizes in the Classics category to Nottingham.

Head of the Department of Classics Dr Betine Van Zyl Smit, said: “The Department of Classics is proud that the outstanding research of these two young colleagues has been recognised by this prestigious award. We confidently expect further work of this calibre from them both in future. We also value the great contribution they make to all activities in our Department.”

Professor Finglass has published editions of Sophocles’ Ajax and Electra and Pindar’s Pythian Eleven with Cambridge University Press, and is now completing an edition of the fragments of Stesichorus. The Philip Leverhulme Prize will fund his next project, an edition of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

He said: “The prizes are testimony to the very high reputation of the Department of Classics at Nottingham.”

Substantial and recognised contribution

Dr Vlassopoulos has published books on the impact of modern European discourses on the study of ancient Greek history and the history of ancient political thought and its modern reception. He has just finished a book on the interaction between Greeks and non-Greeks in the first millennium BCE; the prize will fund his future project on the study of ancient Greek slavery from a novel theoretical and comparative perspective.

He said: “The prizes will support and further the exciting new areas of research pursued in the Classics department.”

The Philip Leverhulme Prizes, worth £70,000 each, are awarded to outstanding scholars who have made a substantial and recognised contribution to their particular field of study, recognised at an international level, and where the expectation is that their greatest achievement is yet to come.

The prizes commemorate the contribution to the work of the Leverhulme Trust made by Philip Leverhulme, the Third Viscount Leverhulme and grandson of the Founder of the trust.

In addition to Classics, five prizes were also awarded this year to academics in each of the broad fields of earth, ocean and atmospheric sciences; the history of art; law; mathematics and statistics; and medieval, early modern and modern history.

The full list of 2012 winners is available on the Leverhulme Trust’s website: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/news/awards/plp.cfm

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