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.
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
- 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.
In 2013, I secured a grant from the Carnegie Trust.
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
Current lead supervisor for the following PhD topics:
- Orpheus and immortality
- Goddesses in Ancient Greek performance texts
- Ancient Greek attitudes towards death
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Outside of my role here at Aberdeen, I am a member of the CAS committee and Director of Greek and Latin Summer School.
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)