Estelle Strazdins

Dr
Estelle
Strazdins
Role: 
Research Associate
Department: 
Faculty of Classics
Contact email address: 
eas69@cam.ac.uk
Year Joined Homerton: 
2019
Profile: 

Estelle is a Research Associate in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge and an Assistant Editor of the ‘Oxford History of the Archaic Greek World’ project, overseen by Prof Paul Cartledge (Cambridge) and Prof Paul Christesen (Dartmouth). This project will produce six volumes, to be published with OUP (New York), that provide an archaeohistory of 29 important sanctuaries and cities throughout the Greek world in the Archaic period (c. 700 – 450 BCE). The project aims to extend in depth study of this period of Greek history beyond the polities of Athens and Sparta, and to give equal weight to both written sources and material culture.

At the same time, Estelle conducts her own interdisciplinary research on Greeks in the Roman empire. She is particularly interested in modes of commemoration and the relationship of imperial Greeks to time. A secondary research interest is the creation of the idea of Classical Greece via western European travellers’ use of the Roman-era Greek, travel-writer Pausanias (2nd c. CE) to decipher the seventeenth to nineteenth century landscapes of Modern Greece and the ruins embedded in them.

Estelle trained as a physiotherapist at La Trobe University before working briefly in public hospitals in Melbourne, Australia. She then did undergraduate and MA studies in Classics at the University of Melbourne before beginning a DPhil in Classical Languages and Literatures at Balliol College and the University of Oxford. Between completing her doctorate and taking up the position in the Faculty of Classics at Cambridge, Estelle held a number of research fellowships for work in Greece and Turkey, taught at the British School at Athens, and carried out consultant research for the Virtual Reality company LithodomosVR.com.

Research Interests (Academic): Roman Greece and Imperial Greek Culture; Greek and Latin Literature; Monuments, Memory, Commemoration; Reception and the Classical Tradition; Identity and Ethnicity; Archaic Greece

Research Interests: 

Roman Greece and Imperial Greek Culture; Greek and Latin Literature; Monuments, Memory, Commemoration; Reception and the Classical Tradition; Identity and Ethnicity; Archaic Greece

Qualifications: 
  • DPhil (Oxon)
  • MA (Melb.)
  • BLitt (Hons) (Melb.)
  • BPhysio (La Trobe)
Awards: 
  • 2018    Frances A Yates Research Fellowship, Warburg Institute, London
  • 2018    Michael D J Easton Bursary, University of Leicester (CA Conference bursary)
  • 2018    Fellowship for Research in Greece, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (6 months)
  • 2017    Jowett Copyright Trust, Balliol College, Oxford (publication costs grant)
  • 2015-2016 Foreigners’ Postdoctoral Fellowship, Greek State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) (12 months)
  • 2015    Endeavour Research Fellowship, Australian Government (6 months)
  • 2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Onassis Foundation, 20th Foreigners’ Programme (6 months)
  • 2009-2010 Fellowship for Research in Greece, Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (12 months)
  • 2008-2012 Clarendon Fund Scholarship, University of Oxford (full tuition fees and stipend, 3.5 years)
  • 2007-2008 Rae & Edith Bennett Travelling Scholarship, University of Melbourne (11 months)
  • 2004-2007 Australian Postgraduate Award, Australian Government (full fees and stipend, 3 years)
Dissertation: 

‘The Future of the Second Sophistic’, DPhil (Oxon), supervised by Prof Tim Whitmarsh

Publications: 

Monograph

Controlling the Future: Self-Commemoration in Imperial Greek Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, fothcoming).

Peer-reviewed articles

‘The King of Athens: Philostratus’ Portrait of Herodes Atticus’, Classical Philology 114.2 (2019), 238-64.

‘Transforming Fire: The Effect of Technology on Humanity in Hesiod’s Prometheus Myth and the Watcher Myth of 1 Enoch’, Comparative Critical Studies 2.2 (2005), 285-96.

Invited book chapters

‘Herodes Atticus, Hadrian, and the Antonines: Mediating Power and Self-Promotion in Achaea through Public and Private Display’, in C. Davenport and S. Malik (eds.), Representing Rome’s Emperors: Historical and Cultural Perspectives through Time (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).

Anabasis as Monument: Arrian, Xenophontic Space, and Cultural Authority’, in T. Rood and M. Tamiolaki (eds), Xenophon’s Anabasis and its Reception: A Companion (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Refereed conference-proceedings chapter

‘Conqueror of Flood, Wielder of Fire: Noah, the Hebrew Superhero’, in W. Haslem, A. Ndalianis, C. Mackie (eds.), Super/Heroes (Washington 2007), 275-87.

Edited conference-proceedings chapter

‘The Sophistic Dilemma: Contemporary Fame Versus a Literary Legacy in Lucianus’s Dream’, in Mustafa Çevik (ed.), Uluslararasi Samsatli Lucianus Sempozyumu/International Symposium on Lucianus of Samosata (Adıyaman Üniversitesi 2008), 99-110.