Emily Schurr

1st year Ph.D. student, Classics and Renaissance Studies

Currently embarking on a PhD in Classics and Renaissance Studies at Yale, Emily graduated in June 2009 from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, with a first class degree with distinction in Classics. In recognition of this, she was presented with the University of Cambridge Chancellor’s Medal for Classical Proficiency (2009), as well as, during her time at Cambridge, numerous prestigious awards including the Vernon English, Henry Arthur Thomas and Hallam prizes, and the Battie scholarship (2008).

Last but not least, as a 2010–11 Fulbright Scholar, Emily was able to continue her Classical studies at Harvard University, working with Professor Gregory Nagy in particular, both at Harvard, and as a Publications and Outreach intern at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington D.C.

A lover of all things to do with the Classical world, Emily's major research interest is in Homeric epic, following her undergraduate dissertation on choice and thematic unity in Homer's 'Iliad', and her work with Professor Nagy (recently published). Other areas of specialization include the archaeology of Pompeii, Augustan poets and the Bay of Naples. She also takes a passionate interest in broadcasting Classics to the wider public, which she intends to develop further over the course of her postgraduate studies, and has participated in numerous projects in the field, including the Anglo-American Project in Pompeii and the British School at Athens Undergraduate Summer Course.

In her spare time, Emily is a keen pianist and plays whenever she has the chance. She loves reading, writing, travelling, hiking, yoga, and socializing.

Research Interests

  • Teleology in Homer's 'Iliad', Augustan poetry, Pompeii and the Bay of Naples, Reception

Recent Publications

  • Recreating the Creation: Reading between the Lines in the Proem of the 'Iliad' [First draft publication, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC]. An in-depth analysis of the proem of the 'Iliad', recovering a cosmic subtext hidden within the resonances of its marked vocabulary. This subtext is found to have important and far-reaching implications for the reading of the 'Iliad' itself, beyond its impact on the poem's opening
  • "The Plot of Zeus" in Europe 79 (no. 865, May 2001), pp. 120-158. [Translation from the French original by Philippe Rousseau].
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