Dr David Creese
Lecturer in Classics

  • 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)

Introduction

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.

Roles and responsibilities

I am Degree Programme Director for Research Degrees in Classics and Ancient History.  If you are considering studying for an MLitt, an MPhil or a PhD in Classics or Ancient History at Newcastle and have any queries please feel free to contact me.

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

2013/14

  • My summer availability calendar is here.  My office is Armstrong 1.24A.
  • I am unavailable on Mondays during term (my research day).

2014/15

UNDERGRADUATE
Module leader

CAC1015: How Should I Live? An Introduction to Ancient Moral Philosophy (Semester 1)

CAC2001: Researching the Classics I (Semester 1)

CAC2047: Body, Mind and Spirit in Classical Thought (Semester 1)

CAG1011: Intermediate Greek Language and Literature (Semester 1)

Contributing lecturer

CAG3001: Level 3 Greek: Interpretation of Texts (Semester 1 component only)

 
POSTGRADUATE
Module leader

CAC8009: Approaches to Classics Research 1 (Semester 1)


2014-15 Semester 2:  on research leave

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.

Current projects

  • an article on the rhetoric of choreia and the institutions surrounding competitive choral song in Demosthenes 21 Against Meidias
  • a reassessment of a fragment of Panaetius (possibly the Stoic Panaetius of Rhodes) that concerns musical intervals and musical perception 
  • an article on music and the rhetoric of identity in Lucian's dialogues
  • a book on music and cultural memory in the Second Sophistic

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).