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Emily Kneebone

Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Literature, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

After completing my undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Cambridge, I held a Research Fellowship at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and a one-year Lectureship at the University of Edinburgh. Before coming to Nottingham in January 2018, I was Co-Investigator of an AHRC-funded project exploring the cultural history of imperial Greek epic, and College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge.

Teaching Summary

I enjoy teaching a wide range of topics in Greek and Latin literature, language, and culture. Recent teaching has included Interpreting Ancient Literature; Intermediate and Advanced Greek modules on… read more

Research Summary

I work primarily on Greek literature written under the Roman empire, with a particular focus on Greek epic poetry of the 1st-6th centuries AD. I have published articles on heroic ethics in… read more

Recent Publications

  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2020. Oppian's 'Halieutica': Charting a Didactic Epic. Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2020. Oppian and Aelian in dialogue. Philologia Antiqua. 13, 85-97
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2017. The limits of enquiry in imperial Greek didactic poetry. In: J. KÖNIG and G. WOOLF, eds., Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture. Cambridge University Press. 203-230
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2013. Josephus’ Esther and diaspora Judaism. In: T. WHITMARSH and S. THOMSON, eds., The Romance Between Greece and the East. Cambridge University Press. 165-182

I enjoy teaching a wide range of topics in Greek and Latin literature, language, and culture. Recent teaching has included Interpreting Ancient Literature; Intermediate and Advanced Greek modules on Homer, Plutarch, Greek tragedy and on Plato's views on poetry; Latin language and literature modules; and a module on the representation of animals in the ancient world. I am on research leave in Spring 2020.

Current Research

I work primarily on Greek literature written under the Roman empire, with a particular focus on Greek epic poetry of the 1st-6th centuries AD. I have published articles on heroic ethics in posthomeric Greek epic; diaspora Jewish identity in Josephus' adaptation of the Hebrew Bible for a Greco-Roman audience; the representation of mortal expertise in didactic poetry; and animals in later Greek poetry and prose. I am also editing a volume of translations of imperial Greek epic poems. I have recently completed a monograph on Oppian's Halieutica, a second-century didactic epic on the sea and the wily, hostile fish that inhabit it. My next research project explores new ways of reading imperial Greek epic poetry as a corpus of literature, examining these texts as a vibrant expression of ancient cultural, political, literary, and religious debates.

  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2020. Oppian's 'Halieutica': Charting a Didactic Epic. Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2020. Oppian and Aelian in dialogue. Philologia Antiqua. 13, 85-97
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2017. The limits of enquiry in imperial Greek didactic poetry. In: J. KÖNIG and G. WOOLF, eds., Authority and Expertise in Ancient Scientific Culture. Cambridge University Press. 203-230
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2013. Josephus’ Esther and diaspora Judaism. In: T. WHITMARSH and S. THOMSON, eds., The Romance Between Greece and the East. Cambridge University Press. 165-182
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2008. The poetics of knowledge in Oppian’s 'Halieutica'. Ramus. 37, 32-59
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2007. Dilemmas of the diaspora: Josephus 'Antiquities' 11.184-296. Ramus. 36, 51-77
  • EMILY KNEEBONE, 2007. Fish in battle? Quintus of Smyrna and the 'Halieutica' of Oppian. In: M. BAUMBACH and S. BÄR, eds., Quintus Smyrnaeus: Transforming Homer in Second Sophistic Epic. De Gruyter. 285-305

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