Universität Erfurt

Antike Kultur

St Andrews

Visiting Fellowship at the University of St.Andrews, 2001-2002

The School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History, University of St.Andrews, and a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship, have kindly enabled me to spend the academic year 2001/02 in St.Andrews. This is a first attempt to sum up why, and how, this year has been so valuable. While the Fellowship runs from 1st September 2001 to 30th June 2002, I am especially grateful that the School, (and my landlady) have allowed me to stay on until the end of August 2002 - which the reader may take as an indication of how much I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, my time in St.Andrews, and how grateful I am for the scholarly, and personal, opportunities it has given me (and indeed my family, too!).

I had come to St.Andrews after a Visiting Fellowship at the Department of Classics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and I continued to hold the Chair of Ancient History at the Universität Mannheim in Germany, from where I had been awarded a sabbatical. During the tenure of my Fellowship in St.Andrews the senate of the Universität Mannheim voted me into office as Vice-Principal (ProVC, “Prorektor”), a responsibility which I’ll have for (at least) three years. Needless to say this made my time in St.Andrews especially valuable for my scholarly work, as there is little chance of uninterrupted research time in Mannheim in the foreseeable future now.

To present a survey of my time in St.Andrews, I’ll comment on activities in research, scholarly exchange, and teaching, ending with a few more private words.

Research

First and foremost, the year in St.Andrews has allowed me to make substantial progress on the Loeb edition of the earliest Latin geography we have - Pomponius Mela’s De chorographia. The Latin text, based on a fresh reading of the principal manuscript (from which all other copies derive) is established, a first translation into English has been made, and work on the notes has progressed very well. When finished (hopefully by the end of this year), the book will a fitting offer of gratitude to the Leverhulme Trust, and the School, for enabling me to produce it.

While mainly working on Mela, the time in St.Andrews also allowed me to finish some previous projects, and see some others into print - it is amazing how much uninterrupted research time in as stimulating an environment as the School allows one to get on with. During the tenure of the Fellowship, the following books and articles were published:

Books

  • Die Sieben Weltwunder: Legendäre Kunst- und Bauwerke der Antike. (Beck Wissen BsR 2029) 5th rev. ed. Munich 2001. 128 pp.
  • Phlegon von Tralleis, Das Buch der Wunder und Zeugnisse seiner Wirkungsgeschichte. (Texte zur Forschung 79) Darmstadt 2002. 139 pp. [this book is dedicated to my St.Andrews hosts: the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History]
  • Die Wahrheit über die griechischen Mythen: Palaiphatos’ Unglaubliche Geschichten. Stuttgart (Reclams Universal-Bibliothek 18200) 2002. 149 pp.
  • Asterix und seine Zeit: Die große Welt des kleinen Galliers. (Beck'sche Reihe 1404) 2nd rev. ed. Munich 2001. 243 pp. [ed., own contrib.]

Articles

  • The Presentation of Geographical Knowledge for Travel and Transport in the Roman World: Itineraria non tantum adnotata sed etiam picta. In: C. Adams/R. Laurence (eds.), Travel and Geography in the Roman World. London and New York 2001, pp. 7-21
  • “In den städtischen Gründungen ist die rechte Basis des Hellenisierens”: Zur Funktion der seleukidischen
  • Städtegründungen, in: S.Schraut/B.Stier (eds.), Stadt und Land: Bilder, Inszenierungen und Visionen. (Veröffentlichungen der Kommission für Geschichtliche Landeskunde in Baden-Württemberg B 147) Stuttgart 2001/2, pp. 355-371 [based on my teaching Seleucid history in St.Andrews]
  • Pontica. In: Der Neue Pauly, ed. H.Cancik/H.Schneider, Vol. X, Stuttgart and Weimar 2001, p. 135
  • Victor Ehrenberg in Newcastle, in: University of Newcastle upon Tyne Newsletter (ISSN 0957-3852) 68 (2001), p. 7
  • Review of St. Faller, Taprobane im Wandel der Zeit: Das Sri-Lanka-Bild in griechischen und lateinischen Quellen (2000). Plekos 3 (2001) [www.plekos.uni-muenchen.de/2001/rfaller.html]
  • Review of W.Hübner (ed.), Geographie und verwandte Wissenschaften: Geschichte der Mathematik und der Naturwissenschaften in der Antike 2 (2000). Plekos 3 (2001) [www.plekos.uni-muenchen.de/2001/rhuebner.html]
  • The ‘Urban Myth’ of Euboean Cyme: A Study in Lexicographical Tradition. In: Ancient History Bulletin 15 (2001), pp. 25-28
  • Wir wären römisch geworden! Wendepunkte der Beziehungen zwischen Rom und Germanien um die Zeitenwende, in: St.Krimm/U.Triller (eds.), Europäische Begegnungen: Die Faszination des Südens. Munich 2001/2, pp. 9-28 [based on my paper at the research seminar in St.Andrews]
  • Hatto H. Schmitt. In: J.Seibert (ed.), 100 Jahre Alte Geschichte an der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. (Ludovico Maximilianea 19) Berlin 2002, pp. 174-182
  • How Caesar made Britain an Island. In: Ad familiares - Journal of the Friends of Classics (ISSN 1354-3970) 22 (2002), pp. 13-14
  • Die Makkabäerbücher als historische Quelle. In: Bibel und Kirche 57 (2002), pp. 80-81 [again based on my teaching Seleucid history in St.Andrews]


The following publications went into press during the tenure of the fellowship:

Books

  • C.Plinius Secundus d.Ä.: Naturkunde. Lateinisch-deutsch. Gesamtregister, with K. Bayer. (Sammlung Tusculum) Düsseldorf 2002. ca. 400 pp.
  • Große Reden von der Antike bis heute. Darmstadt 2002. 207 pp..[ed., own contrib.]
  • Herodot: Historien. Griechisch-deutsch, with Ch.Ley-Hutton. I (Reclams Universalbibliothek 18221) Stuttgart 2002. ca. 300 pp. [it was especially helpful to work on this bilingual edition of Herodotus in a department where one of the leading Herodotean scholars, Dr Thomas Harrison, teaches]

Articles

  • Savage’s savages: How the gorillas became savage beasts because of Hanno's Periplus, in: K.Geus/N.Zimmermann (eds.), Punica - Libyca - Ptolemaica: Festschrift für Werner Huß. (Studia Phoenicia) Leuven 2002, pp. 87-98
  • Die Tabula Peutingeriana: Gehalt und Gestalt einer “alten Karte” und ihrer antiken Vorlage, in: D. Unverhau (ed.), Geschichtsdeutung auf alten Karten. Wolfenbütteler Forschungen. Wiesbaden 2003
  • Frauen und Männer auf griechischen Fluchtafeln, in: Ch.Ulf/R.Rollinger (eds.), Geschlechterrollen - Frauenbild - Antike Ethnographie: Theorie, Realität, Projektion. Innsbruck 2002, pp. 485-497
  • Zum Stand der Forschung über die Isokrates-Fragmente, in: W. Orth (ed.), Isokrates: Rhetorik und Politik im 4. Jhdt. v.Chr. (Europäische und Internationale Studien 2), Trier 2002, pp. 169-174
  • Review of K.Harter-Uibopuu, Das zwischenstaatliche Schiedsverfahren im achäischen Koinon (1998). Grazer Beiträge 26 (2003)

Scholarly exchange

During the tenure of my Fellowship, I was fortunate enough to be invited to give papers of my own to the North East Classical Research Seminar (NECROS), a joint research seminar of the Universities of Durham and Newcastle, on 14th November 2001, and the School’s own Research Seminar in St.Andrews on 15th February 2002. On the continent, I gave papers in Mannheim (30th January 2002), Munich (12th March 2002), and Bonn (7th June 2002), and at the Classical Association Conference in Edinburgh (4th to 7th April 2002) I was co-chairing a panel and presented a paper. I was most grateful to have the opportunity of discussing my research with such critical, and stimulating, audiences!

The time in St.Andrews also allowed me to attend, and discuss, other papers presented in the Research Seminar or during presentations. Thus I am grateful to have heard Adrian Gratwick (St.Andrews) on metrical variety and expressiveness in Roman comedy (5th October 2001), Jonathon Williams (BM London) on the ‘intoxicating’ coin designs of pre-Roman Britain (12th October 2001), Richard Goodrich (St.Andrews) on computer techniques for the attribution of authorship (16th November 2001), Mike McCarthy (Carlisle) on Carlisle as a civitas capital (6th December 2001), Alan Henry (St.Andrews) on an inscription of Late Archaic Thasos (7th December 2001), Irene de Jong (Amsterdam) on Herodotus and ‘the nature of true story-telling’ (1st March 2002), Ian Ruffell (Glasgow) on Prometheus Bound and the Radical Tradition (29th March 2002) and Hans Smolenaars (Amsterdam) on Statius on the Via Domitiana (1st May 2002). I also had the good fortune to overlap with Niall Slater (Emory, Atlanta/USA), a Visiting Fellow at the School in the first semester, with whom I had a number of most interesting meetings and discussions. On 26th February 2002, I enjoyed presentations by David Creese (St.Andrews) on the Monochord and Greek Music, Bruno Currie (Oxford) on Pindar an Hero-Cult, Emily Greenwood (Cambridge) on the “Nachleben” of Classics, Jason Konig (Cambridge) on Greek and Roman Athletics, and Pantelis Michelakis (Oxford) on Greek Drama in Film.

On 28th September 2001, I was glad to be able to take part in a “Learning and Teaching Support Network” (LTSN) conference in Edinburgh on teaching Greek (an issue which, as the conference made abundantly clear, my home university, and indeed other German universities, need to address as soon as at all possible, if our subject is to survive - I am very grateful for discussions, and support, on this I have received from Susanna Phillippo in Newcastle, whose course ‘Greek in Action’ is the most promising approach I know of, and I hope on day to adapt for Germany), and on 12th June 2002, I was able join in the celebrations on the retirement, as Head of Deparment, of Donald Hill in Newcastle - his style of running a department continues to be a model for me!

In addition, visits to NECROS enabled me to hear Kathryn Lomas (Newcastle) on Greek Identity in the Roman West (5th December 2001), David Breeze (Chief Inspector of Ancient Monuments, Edinburgh) on the historiography of Hadrian’s Wall (13th February 2002), and Susanna Phillippo (Newcastle) on Concubines in Attic Tragedy (27th February 2002). I have to admit that I’ve enjoyed returning to Newcastle on these (and other) occasions!

Incidentally, two of my Mannheim students (Sylvia Schweizer and Martin Lindner) spent the first semester of 2001/02 there, and I hope that a similar exchange will be possible with St.Andrews; one St.Andrean student (Agnieszka FitzClarence), whom I taught in St.Andrews, now plans a year in Germany, and I trust that there’ll be German students interested to come to Scotland. To intensify the exchange, and encourage my students to apply for such an exchange, I was especially glad that several British colleagues had agreed to give papers to my German colleagues and students in Mannheim: Susanna Phillippo spoke on Women in War in Attic Tragedy (16th April 2002; she also gave a paper at the University of Mainz on 18th April), Thomas Harrison on Greek Oracles (19th June 2002), and David Creese on Greek Music (25th June 2002); Greg Woolf is due to speak at Mannheim on 18th July 2002.

Teaching

At my insistence the School of Greek, Latin and Ancient History has been kind enough to allow me to share in some of the Ancient History teaching during the Academic Year. I strongly believe that research and teaching cannot be separated (witness the publications singled out above), and that joining in some teaching allows a Visiting Fellow to in the Arts fields, at least, to share far more in the life of a Department, and interact with colleagues far better, so I was very grateful for the opportunity given.

In the first semester, I shared in the teaching of some of the lectures, and taught two complete tutorial groups, for the module AN 2001 (Ancient History, 2nd years, module on the “Hellenistic World”) - a very interesting experience with some very good students. In addition I also taught some of the lectures in the module AN 5001 (a course for new graduates). In the second semester I taught an Honours Module, AN 3015, on the Seleucid Monarchy. I was especially grateful to return to a field which I had first studied for the Dr.phil. thesis, and subsequent research! The module had been devised, and used to be taught, by Michel Austin, and I am most grateful for his advice, and the material he had prepared for this. In addition, I covered some of a colleague’s teaching (on 5th-century Athens), who had lost a parent during term.

During the academic year, I supervised an honours dissertation (Joseph Skinner on Roman representations of ‘the other’) and two graduate dissertations, on Roman mapping (Frederick Schoonmaker) and on Sallust (Ian Jones), and shared in some postgraduate interviews (Andrew Gammon, Joanne Gathercole, and Michelle Nagy). It was a pleasure to get positive feedback from the students on the teaching, and all I can say in return is that they (well, most of them) have been an interesting group to teach!

Life in St.Andrews

Living in St.Andrews has been a joy. Given that the University’s Accommodation Office was singularly unhelpful (they never bothered to reply to a relevant form I had filled in, and when I came to visit them a few months before the start of the Visiting Fellowship, they did at long last acknowledge the receipt of the form, but never took any action - not even to tell me that they could not help me. Rather than letting Visiting Fellows from abroad fill in forms and thus encouraging them to hope for support with accomodation , the University should, in my view, be honest and say that it has no intention of helping them to find accomodation.

So I was lucky, in the end, with the help of Greg Woolf, to find a (albeit rather expensive) flat in Melbourne Place, owned, as it happens, by a colleague in Religious Studies, Daphne Hampson. The flat turned out to be an good ‘base’ both for the time I have spent in St.Andrews on my own (fortunately, some German - Ines Busch, Martin Lindner and Sylvia Schweizer - and some British friends - Susanna Phillippo and Teresa Saunders - came to visit me, and I was able to visit them, and other British friends, in the course of the year: Jonathan Powell and Lene Rubinstein - classicsits at Royal Holloway - on the occasion of their weding reception in Egham; my old friend from Oxford days, Nick Starling (an archaeologist, now working for the Health and Safety Executive) in London, and his father Dick Starling in Edinburgh), and especially for the time my family has shared with me in St.Andrews.

While we sadly did not succeed in finding a school for our eldest son to attend as a visiting pupil (a project which has been a great success with our eldest daughter in Newcastle), we still had ample opportunity to explore St.Andrews and Fife together, as we spent all German school holidays (Autumn, Christmas, Easter and Summer) in St.Andrews together. The children have enjoyed the town - and the beaches - a lot, and several colleagues - Michel Austin, Stephen Halliwell, Daphne Hampson, Thomas Harrison, Harry Hine, Noula Karatzoglu, Irene Paulton and Greg Woolf) were brave enough to invite me or the six of us for meals in their houses, and Susanna Phillippo invited all six of us even to stay with her over Easter!

In St.Andrews, the Scottish Episcopal Church of St.Andrew’s has been our spiritual home, and we are grateful to Bob Gillies for the warm welcome he gave us (and for allowing our eldest daughter to use the church’s organ for practicing while we were in St.Andrews). It will not surprise the reader that we do want to return to St.Andrews repeatedly!

I am grateful for the welcome I was given by the School, and especially Greg Woolf, on arrival (he even picked me up and provided me with a Tesco “starter kit”!), and I am grateful to Christopher Smith for allowing me to share his office in the School. The Secretary and the Librarian of the School, Irene Paulton and Susan Grant, have been very helpful indeed, as well! My last, and lasting, thanks, must go to the whole School, and especially to the Head of School, Jill Harries, and the Head of Ancient History, Greg Woolf, for inviting me to St.Andrews, and to the Leverhulme Trust for so generously supporting my year drews by awarding me a Visiting Fellowship.

30th June 2002
Prof.Dr.Kai Brodersen

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