Dr David Creese
Lecturer in Classics; Head of Classics & Ancient History

  • Email: david.creese@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 6473
  • Address: School of History, Classics and Archaeology
    Newcastle University
    Armstrong Building
    Queen Victoria Road
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU
    United Kingdom

    Office: Armstrong 1.24A
    (for office hours & availability see under 'Teaching' below)


BA (University of King's College), MA Classics (Dalhousie), PhD (Birmingham).

My primary research interests are Greek and Roman music, especially Greek harmonic theory; instruments and their place in the development of Greek musical science; music and Graeco-Roman society; the representation of musical instruments, expertise and performance in non-technical literature; musical learning and cultural memory in the Second Sophistic; and the reception of ancient Greek musical theory in later ages.  I have published articles on musical aspects of Latin poetry and Greek philosophical texts, as well as a book entitled The Monochord in Ancient Greek Harmonic Science (Cambridge, 2010).  I served on the founding executive committee of MOISA, an international society for the study of Greek and Roman music and its cultural heritage.

Academic career

  • 2011-  Lecturer in Classics, Newcastle University
  • 2010-11  Associate Professor of Greek and Latin Literature, University of British Columbia
  • 2003-10  Assistant Professor of Greek and Latin Literature, University of British Columbia
  • 2002-3  Lecturer in Classics, University of St Andrews
  • 2001-2  Teaching Fellow in Humanity (Latin), University of St Andrews

Other professional activities

Areas of specialisation

As a classicist with a consuming interest in music, my research interests centre around the ways in which music was involved in Greek intellectual life and literary culture. This set of interests has led me to pursue questions about the related roles of instruments, diagrams, proofs and experiments in the development of scientific arguments on musical subjects in Greek antiquity; about the sometimes complicated literary reception of Greek musical culture in Latin poetry; about the rhetorical uses of the technical terminology of Greek musical theory in non-technical literature; and about the literary culture of scientific writing more broadly:  its modes of persuasion; its criteria of truth; the literary uses of scientific discovery, proof, fable and anecdote.

Postgraduate supervision

In addition to the areas mentioned above, topics in ancient philosophy (particularly epistemology and ethics), the sciences (especially the exact sciences) in Greek and Roman antiquity, and Greek poetry (especially Hellenistic).

2015/16 Semester 2

  • Office hours (Semester 2):  Wednesday & Friday 9.30-11.00 am.
  • My office is Armstrong 1.24A.
  • I am unavailable on Mondays during term (my research day).

Module leader

CAG1012: Intermediate Greek Language and Literature 2

CAC2057/3057: Greek and Roman Music

Contributing lecturer

CAG3001: Level 3 Greek: Interpretation of Texts (Semester 2 component only)