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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



  • MA Classics (2012-2016), St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
  • MPhil Classics (2016-2017), Wolfson College, University of Cambridge
  • PhD Classics (2018-), Christ’s College, University of Cambridge


  • Ecphrasis and visual-verbal relations
  • Philostratus’ Imagines 
  • Phantasia in rhetoric and philosophy 
  • Optics and aesthetics
  • The historiography of Graeco-Roman art
  • Gaze theory


Key publications: 

Bates, A. (forthcoming, 2021). ‘Philostratus Visualises the Philosophical: Imagines 2.23, Hercules furens and the Cataleptic Impression’. American Journal of Philology.

Teaching and Supervisions


I teach Greek language and reading classes for the Faculty of Classics as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (undergraduate and MPhil); and Greek and Latin language and literature for Christ’s College.

Other Professional Activities

Co-convenor for Writing the Embodied Experience in Imperial Ecphrasis (September 2019):

Department: Classics
Supervisor: Professor Caroline Vout
College: Christ’s College
AHRC subject area: Classics
Title of thesis: The Mythology of Ecphrasis in Rome and Roman Greece (50 BC - 500 AD)