The Institute of Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition
Founder: Professor Robert Fowler, FBA
President: Professor Robert Fowler, FBA
Former President: Sir Jeremy Morse, KCMG †
Vice-Presidents: Professor Mary Beard FBA; Professor P.E. Easterling FBA; Dr Ian Jenkins OBE FSA; Dr Peter Jones MBE; Professor David Konstan; Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith KCVO CMG; Professor Martha C. Nussbaum FBA; Mr George C. Rodopoulos; Professor Salvatore Settis; The Rt Hon Lord Waldegrave of North Hill; Professor Marina Warner FBA FRSL; Professor P.M. Warren FBA FSA.
Administrator: Jessica Weeks
A.G. Leventis Fellow in Greek Studies
William Guast works on the Greek rhetoric of the Roman empire. His doctoral thesis, which he is currently revising for publication as a monograph, examines the genre of Greek declamation. Rejecting the traditional conception of the genre as ‘escapist’ or ‘nostalgic’, William argues that despite its famous classicism of language and theme, declamation nonetheless remained firmly anchored in the present of the Roman empire, and had much to say to that present, in particular as regards contemporary culture and politics, the declaimers' public identities, and developments in rhetorical theory. He is also doing preliminary work for a second project investigating 'the rhetoric of rhetoric', i.e. how a rhetorical theory (or indeed any theory) sells itself in the marketplace of ideas.
William completed an undergraduate degree in Classics at Christ Church Oxford, and then spent two years teaching Classics to undergraduates in the US at Marlboro College in Vermont. On returning to the UK in 2012, he took a master’s degree and doctorate back at Oxford, this time at Corpus Christi College, where he was also MCR President and Assistant Dean.
Part of his role as Leventis Fellow is to support Bristol’s outreach work in Classics, and William has previously been involved with the East Oxford Classics Centre as well as Wadham College’s Classics Summer School and the University of Oxford’s UNIQ Summer School.
Prior to her arrival at Bristol, Claire received an MA(Hons) in Archaeology and Celtic civilisation (University of Glasgow), as well as an MLitt in Museum and Gallery Studies, with a dissertation on Alexander Henry Rhind (1833–1836) and his contribution to Egyptology. While in Bristol, she will be reading for a PhD in Anthropology and Archaeology under the supervision of Dr Tamar Hodos and Professor Aidan Dodson. In particular, Claire’s research is focusing on the emergence and development of the study of ancient Egypt in Scotland, and its impact on both popular culture and academia.
There have been, in recent years, various publications and projects which have brought certain hitherto-neglected individuals and collections to light, but the study of Egypt in Scotland, and its impacts on Scottish cultural and intellectual perceptions, has never been systematically or formally studied as a theme in itself. This study will follow the formation, growth and change in both museum and private collections, and the establishment of related societies and lecture programmes. It will trace the activity and contribution of key individuals to Scottish Egyptology in the 19th to mid-20th centuries, and investigate how these outputs found their way into and influenced views and understandings of ancient Egypt within Scotland.