Prof Andrew Morrison

Professor of Greek

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I came to Manchester in 2001. Before that I was a graduate student at University College London, and before that an undergraduate at The Queen's College, Oxford. I am a Latin American, born in Panamá to a Mexican mother and an English father. I went to school just outside Panama City and then in Chester (two very different places).

I am the author of The Narrator in Archaic Greek and Hellenistic Poetry (Cambridge, 2007) and Performances and Audiences in Pindar's Sicilian Victory Odes (London, 2007), and co-editor of Ancient Letters (Oxford, 2007) and Lucretius (Oxford, 2013). A third monograph of mine (Apollonius Rhodius, Herodotus and Historiography) examining Apollonius Rhodius’ use of historiography (especially Herodotus) for Cambridge University Press, has just been published (2020). One of my major current projects is a commentary on selected poems of Callimachus (for the Cambridge 'Green and Yellow' series). I am also working extensively on ancient epistolography, both in a number of recent and forthcoming articles and in the AHRC project I am co-directing (see further below). I am co-directing (with Doug Field in English & American Studies) the interdisciplinary Manchester Centre for Correspondence Studies, which has developed out of the Manchester Lives and Afterlives of Letters network, bringing together scholars working on different types of correspondence from across different periods and disciplines.

Between January 2013 and January 2018 I was Editor of Classical Quarterly (with Bruce Gibson of the University of Liverpool and Costas Panayotakis of the University of Glasgow). I am now the Chair of the Editorial Board of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library. I was Head of Classics & Ancient History from 2014 to 2016 and then again in 2017-18.

Since December 2016 I have been co-directing (with Roy Gibson) a four-year AHRC-funded project on ancient letter collections, which will run to 2021 and produce two books, one a critical review of all surviving letter collections in Greek and Latin up to about AD 400, the other a synoptic, interpretative monograph on ancient letter collections and their principles of order and arrangement.



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I am particularly keen to hear from potential PhD students looking to work on ancient letter collections, esp. Greek pseudepigraphic letters. There is a wealth of work to be done in editing and interpreting the letters, and the potential for collaborative doctorates on particular mss, material philology, reading practices in the medieval and Renaissance periods and much more.

I am also more than happy to supervise postgraduate students on Homer, Archaic Greek poetry (especially Hesiod, Homeric Hymns, Pindar, Sappho, Archilochus, Hipponax, and early elegy), Hellenistic poetry (especially Callimachus, Theocritus and Apollonius), Horace (esp. the hexameter poems), Lucretius, ancient literary criticism, particularly Aristotle's Poetics, the literary aspects of Plato and Xenophon, and some topics in historiography (esp. Herodotus).


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