School of History, Classics and Archaeology

Staff Profile

Dr Anke Walter

Lecturer in Classics

Background

My primary research interests are the construction of time in ancient literature, literature and religion, and ancient (especially Latin) epic poetry. I wrote my PhD on Storytelling in Flavian Epic (published as Erzählen und Gesang im flavischen Epos with de Gruyter in 2014). More recently, I have published a monograph entitled Time in Ancient Stories of Origin (Oxford University Press, 2020), in which I examine the construction of time in select aetiological narratives in Archaic and Hellenistic Greece, in Augustan Rome as well as in early Christian literature. Currently, I am working on a project on festivals in Latin literature.

I am keen to hear from prospective research students with an interest in stories of origin, time in literature, literature and religion or Latin epic.

Academic Employment:

2017- : Lecturer in Classics, Newcastle University
2015/16: Feodor-Lynen Research Scholar, University of Virginia (funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
2011-2017: Assistant Professor ('Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin'), University of Rostock

Qualifications:

2006-11: PhD in Classics, Heidelberg
2005-06: MPhil in Classics, Cambridge
2004-05: Visiting Student in Classics, Cambridge
2001-04: Undergraduate Studies (Classics) in Göttingen and Heidelberg

Conferences organised:

30-31 August 2019: 'Celebrating the Divine - Roman Festivals in Art, Religion, and Literature', University of Virginia (with John F Miller)

2-4 May 2019: 'Ἀρχή and origo: The Power of Origins', Newcastle University (with Athanassios Vergados)

22-24 September 2017: 'Time and Eternity: the Conception of Time in Archaic Greek Literature', University of Virginia (with Jenny Strauss Clay and Athanassios Vergados)

1 October 2016: 'The fate of Rome's fatum', University of Virginia

16-17 July 2012: 'Telling Origins. The Structures of Aetiological Narrative', University of Rostock (with Christiane Reitz)

Research

Monographs
- Time in Ancient Stories of Origin (Oxford 2020)
- Erzählen und Gesang im flavischen Epos. Beihefte des “Göttinger Forum fürAltertumswissenschaft” (Berlin 2014)
 
Edited volumes
- A. Vergados/A. Walter, Ἀρχή and origo: The Power of Origins (in preparation; forthcoming in 2021 with Brepols)
- J. S. Clay/A. Walter, Special Issue of the Classical Journal in Honour of John F. Miller. CJ 115.3-4 (2020)
- S. Finkmann/A. Behrendt/A. Walter (eds.), Antike Erzähl- und Deutungsmuster. Zwischen Exemplarität und
  Transformation. Beiträge zur Altertumskunde 374 (Berlin 2018)
- C. Reitz/A. Walter (eds.), Von Ursachen sprechen. Eine aitiologische Spurensuche/Telling Origins. On the Lookout
  for Aetiology (Hildesheim 2014)

Articles and Book Chapters
- 'Uncelebrating' Vergil: Festive Days in Statius’ Thebaid”, in: “Ritual in Roman Epic”, Special Issue of Vergilius, ed. S.
  Blakeley  (forthcoming in 2021 with The Vergilian Society)
- “tempora mutantur – Metamorphic Imagery in Ovid’s Fasti,“ in: J. S. Clay/A. Vergados (eds.), Teaching Through
  Images. Imagery in Greek and Roman Didactic Poetry (forthcoming in 2021 with Brill)
- “Seasonality and the Calendar in Ovid’s Exile Poetry”, in: R. Raja/A. Lichtenberger (eds.), The Archaeology of
  Seasonality. Studies in Classical Archaeology (forthcoming in 2020 with Brepols)
- “Death, lament, and ‘elegiac aetiology’ in Ovid’s Metamorphoses,” in: J. Farrell/D. Nelis/J. Miller/A. Schiesaro (eds.),
  Ovid, Death and Transfiguration (forthcoming in 2020 with Brill)
- “Carmentis and the Poet: Deification and Exile in Ovid’s Fasti”, in: J. S. Clay/A. Walter, Special Issue of the Classical
  Journal in Honour of John F. Miller. CJ 115.3-4 (2020), 382-96
- “Aetiology and Genealogy in Ancient Epic”, in: C. Reitz/S. Finkmann, Structures of Epic Poetry. vol. I: Foundations
  (Berlin 2019), 609–52
- “Prophecy in Roman Epic”, with S. Finkmann and C. Reitz, in: C. Reitz/S. Finkmann, Structures of Epic Poetry. vol. II.2:
  Configurations (Berlin 2019), 615–83
- “Die Tage des Monats in Hesiods Werken und Tagen und Vergils Georgica“, pp. 311-21; “Solons Lebensalter-
  Elegie”, pp. 323-9; „Genealogien am Beispiel des Kallimachos“, pp. 355-62; “Arats Phainomena”, pp. 363-75, in: R.
  Färber/R. Gautschy (eds.), Zeit in den Kulturen des Altertums. Antike Chronologie im Spiegel der Quellen (Wien
  2020).
- “iamque dies, nisi fallor, adest – Aeneas und der römische Kalender,” in: A. Junghanß/B. Kaiser/D. Pausch (eds.),
  Zeitmontagen. Formen und Funktionen gezielter Anachronismen in der Antike (Stuttgart 2019), 10118
- “Regulus and the Inconsistencies of Fame in Silius Italicus’ Punica,” in: S. Finkmann/A. Behrendt/A. Walter (eds.),
  Antike Erzähl- und Deutungsmuster. Zwischen Exemplarität und Transformation. Beiträge zur Altertumskunde 374
  (Berlin 2018), 201–18
- “‘What it felt like‘: Memory and the Sensations of War in Vergil’s Aeneid and Kevin Powers’ The Yellow Birds,” in: A.
  Ambühl (ed.), Krieg der Sinne – Die Sinne im Krieg. Kriegsdarstellungen im Spannungsfeld zwischen antiker und
  moderner Kultur / War of the Senses – The Senses in War. Interactions and tensions between representations of
  war in classical and modern culture = thersites 4 (2016), 275312
- “Ovids alma Venus, die Mutter der Aitiologie,” in: C. Reitz/A. Walter (eds.), Von Ursachen sprechen. Eine aitiologische
  Spurensuche/Telling Origins. On the Lookout for Aetiology (Hildesheim 2014), 431–59
- “Alexander Graham Bell, Hermes und die Gestaltung von Zeit in den Darstellungen großer Erfinder,”
  ClassicoContemporaneo 0 (2014), 56–77
- “Beginning at the end: Silius Italicus and the desolation of Thebes,” in: G. Manuwald/A. Voigt (eds.), Flavian Epic
  Interactions. Trends in Classics – Supplementary Volumes 21 (Berlin 2013), 311–26
- “Der Mythos von Linus und Coroebus in Statius’ Thebais—ein aitiologischer Gegenentwurf zur Aeneis,” in: N.
  Kramer/C. Reitz (eds.), Tradition und Innovation. Mediale Strategien in der Zeit der Flavier (Berlin 2010), 63–91
 
Reviews
- Review of A. Wallace-Hadrill, Augustan Rome, 2nd edition (London, 2018), forthcoming in 2020 with Classics
  Ireland)
- Review R. Simms, Anticipation and Anachrony in Statius' Thebaid, CJ-Online 2020.05.02
- Review A. Rogerson, Virgil’s Ascanius. Imagining the Future in the Aeneid, Religious Studies Review 44 (2018), 107
- Review K. Corrigan, Virgo to Virago. Medea in the Silver Age, BMCR 2016.02.18
- Review A. Augoustakis, Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic, Religious Studies Review 41
  (2015), 192
- Review T. Korneeva, Alter et ipse. Identità e duplicità nel sistema dei personaggi della Tebaide di Stazio, BMCR
  2013.03.26
 

Teaching

I will be on research leave in the academic year of 2020/21.



Publications