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Susannah Ashton

Susannah Ashton is a second year PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Ashley Clements in the Department of Classics. I am funded by the Ferrar Memorial Studentship in Ancient Philology.

Susannah Ashton seeks to reassess conceptions of time and space within the earliest surviving cosmological records from ancient Greece, spanning the mythological narratives of Hesiod and Pherekydes, to the ‘proto-scientific’ accounts of the pre-Socratic philosophers. Through undertaking an interdisciplinary approach to this material (principally using the methodology of anthropology, scientific philosophy and linguistics), this research challenges the application of modern understandings of these abstract concepts to ancient texts and attempts to reconstruct their meaning in this crucially formulative period in ancient thought.



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