Dr Ailsa Hunt

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
Lecturer in Ancient History

Contact details

Address
Department of Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

I am a Lecturer in Ancient History, with a research specialism in Roman religion. My first monograph aims to shake up many current scholarly assumptions about Roman religion (Hunt, A. 2016. Reviving Roman Religion: Sacred trees in the Roman World. Cambridge.). My next major project is an exploration of the theology which informs the naming of gods in the Roman world (both from a pagan and Judaeo-Christian perspective).

Qualifications

  • PhD in Classics (Cambridge, 2009-2012)
  • MPhil in Classics (Cambridge, 2008-2009)
  • BA Hons in Literae Humaniores (Oxford, 2004-2008)

Biography

Before coming to Birmingham I held a temporary lectureship at the University of Cambridge and a fellowship at Newnham College, Cambridge (2015-2017), before which I was a Junior Research Fellow at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge (2012-2015).

Teaching

I offer the following:

  • Latin Prose Texts
  • Project - Ordinary People in Pompeii
  • LI Seminar - Nature in Roman Eyes
  • LH Option-  Roman Religion and its Limits

I am also involved in M level teaching and am programme lead for Classics and CLC.

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising topics related to Roman religion and the cultural history of the Roman world; topics within reception studies may also be of interest.


Find out more - our PhD Classics and Ancient History  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.

Research

My major research interests are in Roman religion and in questions about how Romans thought about the world around them. At present I am particularly interested in Roman conceptions of the natural world and in the theology which informs the naming of gods in the Roman world. I like to approach an idea or question from a multitude of disciplinary angles, using literature, epigraphy, material and visual culture to inform my understanding of the Romans and their ideas.

Currently I am working on an article which explores the meaning of the slippery Latin word numen, within the context of a colourful history of scholarly arguments built on this word. Soon I will begin work on a new monograph which will explore the theology which informs the naming of gods in the Roman world.

Other activities

I am joint honours lead for CAHA.

Publications

Books

  • Hunt, A. 2016. Reviving Roman Religion: Sacred Trees in the Roman World. Cambridge. 
  • Hunt, A. & Marlow, H. (eds.) (in preparation) Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World. Bloomsbury.

Chapters

  • Hunt, A. & Marlow, H. ‘Introduction’ in Hunt, A. & Marlow, H. (eds.) (in preparation) Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World. Bloomsbury.
  • Hunt, A. ‘Pagan Animism: a modern myth for a green age’ in Hunt, A. & Marlow, H. (eds.) (in preparation) Greening the Gods: Ecology and Theology in the Ancient World. Bloomsbury.
  • Hunt, A. ‘Reading Georgic Religion with Servius’ in Freer, N. & Xinyue, B. (eds.) (in preparation) New Perspectives on Vergil’s Georgics. Bloomsbury. 
  • Hunt, A. ‘Arboreal Animists: the (ab)use of Roman Sacred Trees in Early Anthropology’ in Varto, E. (ed.) (in press) The Classics and Early Anthropology. Brill.
  • Hunt, A. ‘Thought and Belief’ in Nicholls, M. (ed.) 2014. 30-Second Ancient Rome. Ivy Press. 94-110.
  • Hunt, A. ‘Keeping the memory alive: the physical continuity of the ficus Ruminalis’ in Bommas, M., Harrisson, J. & Roy, P. (eds.) 2012. Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World. Bloomsbury. 111-128.

Articles 

  • Hunt, A. (2014) ‘Pozzuoli of the heart: overlapping fragments of the classical past in the poetry of Jamie McKendrick’ Classical Reception Journal 6.3. 382-401.
  • Hunt, A. (2011) ‘Priapus as wooden god: confronting manufacture and destruction’ Cambridge Classical Journal 57. 29-54. 
  • Hunt, A. (2010) ‘Elegiac Grafting in Pomona’s Orchard: Ovid, Metamorphoses 14.623-771’ Materiali e Discussioni 65. 43-58.

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