Dr Sam Newington

Dr Sam Newington
MA (King's College, University of London), PhD (St John's College, University of Durham).

Lecturer (Scholarship)

Dr Sam Newington
Dr Sam Newington

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen School of Divinity, History and Philosophy, KCG17 King's College, University of Aberdeen, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3FX.
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I am the resident Classicist here at Aberdeen and this is my 10th fantastic year here!

In terms of education: I studied Classics at King's College (University London) where I read for my MA. In 2006, I graduated from Durham University with a PhD, although my journey in Classics started at St Mary's (Twickenham) - and I am truly grateful for that initial inspiration.


Research Interests

Although my teaching centres on Greek and Roman language, culture and history, my research area includes Near Eastern Studies. I am currently researching cross-cultural influences between the Near East and Greece.

I am able to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students looking to research within the following areas:

  • Greek literature (in particular epic, lyric and drama)
  • Ancient Greek religion, in particular, mystery religion

Current Research

  • Currently working on a commissioned volume: Stuckenbruck, L.T., Lewis, S. & Newington, S. (eds), Animals and Monsters in Ancient Greek Religion and Culture (London: Taylor and Francis Group, forthcoming).


I have collaborated with Dr Sian Lewis (St Andrews University) on two workshops: Sacred Animals and Monsters in Greek and the Near Eastern Religions (22nd-23rd January 2014) and Animals, Monsters and Demons: a Comparative Approach (22nd-23rd January 2015). We are now working towards an edited volume publication drawn from both events.

Research Grants

In 2013, I secured a grant from the Carnegie Trust.



Teaching Responsibilities

I am the course co-ordinator for a number of undergraduate and postgraduate modules (unless otherwise stated below):

Level 1 and Level 2

  • DR1039/DR1078: New Testament Greek I
  • DR101Z/DR101Y/DR201Z/DR201Y: Atheism and Atheisms (contributor)
  • DR101E/DR101F/DR201E/DR201F: What it Means to be Dead
  • DR101C/DR101B/DR201C/DR201B: Religions of Ancient Greece and Beyond
  • DR1538/DR1578: New Testament Greek I
  • DR1596/DR2596: Mysticism
  • HC1501/HC1502: Key Works for European Civilisation
  • LT1009/LT1010: Latin 
  • LT1507/LT1508: Latin


Level 3 and Level 4 

  • DR301P / DR351P / DR355C: Special Subject
  • DR4046/DR4543: Senior Honours - Special Subject
  • DR351Y/DR351Z/DR451Z/DR451Y: Cosmos and Creation in the Ancient World
  • DR352X/DR352Y/DR452Y/DR452X: Animals and Monsters in the Ancient Greek World and Beyond
  • HI4516: Dissertation


Level 5 and Postgraduate:

  • Dissertation and Research supervision


PhD Supervision

Current lead supervisor for the following PhD topics:

  • Orpheus and immortality
  • Goddesses in Ancient Greek performance texts
  • Ancient Greek attitudes towards death


Further Info

External Responsibilities

Outside of my role here at Aberdeen, I am a member of the CAS committee and Director of Greek and Latin Summer School.

Admin Responsibilities

I have a number of administration roles:

Programme Co-ordinator for Christian and Religious Studies Programme (2011-2019)

Undergraduate Programme Co-ordinator (Student Experience) (2019-date)