Dr Fritz-gregor Herrmann

Dr Fritz-gregor Herrmann
Reader
Classics, Ancient History & Egyptology
Telephone: (01792) 295661

Fritz-Gregor Herrmann’s area of research is Ancient Philosophy and Literature, with a focus on Plato, Greek tragedy and Thucydides. His special interest is the relationship between words and ideas, and the way in which tradition and innovation in language influence the way thoughts are developed, formulated, expressed and presented. He is currently working on conceptualisations of decision-making in early Greek thought and on continuities and differences between the political psychologies of Thucydides and Plato. His teaching covers Ancient Philosophy and Literature as well as Greek and Latin Language. Past and present PhD research topics supervised include Plato on Poetry, Mathematics in Plato’s Republic, and Aeschylus’ Theology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Plato
  • Presocratics
  • Greek Literature
  • Aeschylus
  • Greek Language
  • Latin Language
  • Comparative Philology
  • Ancient History

Teaching

  • CL-M00 Word, Metaphor, Allegory: Effective Models of Reality

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  • CL-M26 Greek Texts 1

    This is the first of two master¿s level modules dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism and interpretation of a Greek text in the original.

  • CL-M27 Greek Texts 2

    This is the second of two master¿s level modules dedicated to the in-depth study, translation, criticism and interpretation of a Greek text in the original.

  • CL-M54A Postgraduate Further Greek 1

    Consolidation and extention of Greek language skills for students who have completed Intermediate Greek at level 2. Study of one or more prose texts in the original language.

  • CLC101 Of Gods and Heroes - Greek Mythology

    Greek mythology for us represents the beginnings of Western Civilisation. Greek myths are gripping tales in their own right, and through reception in literature and art they tell their own story as well as the story of those who received them, from Greek and Roman times to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This module introduces the greatest of all Greek heroes, Herakles, as seen through the eyes of archaic and classical Greeks, from the Homeric epics to the Attic tragedians of the fifth century BC. At the centre of the module will be four tragedies by Sophocles and Euripides, which will be studied both as self-contained plays produced for public performance and as part of an ongoing discourse negotiating the character of Herakles in an age of social, political and cultural change.

  • CLC103 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric

    An introduction to philosophical argument in the dialogue form.

  • CLC206 Reading Classical Civilisation

    An introduction to some central themes and approaches in the study of Classical Civilisation.

  • CLC209 Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament

    A study, through English translation, of selected Greek tragedies, with a focus on the role of the individual in society.

  • CLC309 Decision and Responsibility: The Tragic Predicament

    A study, in English translation, of Greek tragedy, its themes, techniques and social civic functions, with particular relevance to Aischylos' Oresteia trilogy and the Theban plays of Sophokles.

  • CLD300 Classics, Ancient History, Egyptology Dissertation

    Dissertation module for students doing single honours or joint honours degrees in Classics, Classical Civilisation, Ancient History or Egyptology. The aim is for students to do detailed research, to work on a project for several months and to produce a scholarly study of c. 8000-10000 words. The dissertation topic can be chosen freely, in consultation with a member of academic staff and subject to compatibility with a student's degree scheme and availablilty of supervisors and library material.This is a chance for students to pursue an area in which they are especially interested, and to deal with it in depth. Students may choose to do museum-based research. There are two preparatory pieces of assessment: an abstract, outline and bibliography, and an analysis of crucial source material and/or secondary literature. Work on the dissertation itself takes up most of the two semesters. Students are expected to do research independently, but there is a series of lectures in the first semester to provide advice on research and scholarly writing, Every student will be assigned a supervisor who will be organising group sessions with his/her supervisees and who will also be available for one-to-one supervision sessions.

  • CLG125 Further Greek 1 (Level 1)

    Study of one or more straightforward prose texts in the original language

  • CLG225 Further Greek 1 (Level 2)

    Consolidation and extension of ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Intermediate Greek at Level 1. Study of one or more straightforward prose texts in the original language

  • CLG327 Advanced Greek 1 (Level 3)

    Consolidation and extension of advanced ancient Greek language skills for students who have completed Further Greek at Level 2. Study of one or more straightforward relatively complex and sophisticated prose texts in the original language.

  • CLL228 Advanced Latin 2

    Consolidation and extension of advanced Latin language skills for students who have completed Further Latin at Level 1. Study of one or more relatively complex and sophisticated texts in the original language.

  • CLP200 Level 2 Project

    This module enables students to expand their knowledge of the Classical and/or ancient Egyptian world in an area of their own choice, and to experiment with a method of communicating that knowledge which is different from the usual assessment practices of essay-writing and exam-writing. They might undertake research that leads to (for example) the construction of a database, the reconstruction of some ancient Greco-Roman or Egyptian artefact, or the production of a storyboard, play script or dramatisation. They might acquire experience of a communication method which could be of use in a future career, e.g. by constructing a teaching plan, writing in a journalistic or creative style, or planning a museum exhibit. They might choose to experiment with a different medium of communication, e.g. video, website. The topic and form of the project chosen must both be approved by the module convener.

Supervision

  • My thesis will examine philosophical ideologies of leadership within Xenophon's Cyropaedia. The Cyropaedia represents Xenophon's fullest and most accomplished treatise on leadership, and thus, the work which best represents his political philosophy. My analysis will demonstrate how the philosophical ideologies of the Cyropaedia were written in response to the political climate of the 4th century BCE, and will seek to establish Xenophon's place within the wider intellectual environment of the period through comparison with contemporary political thinkers and their attitudes towards the arts of leadership and statesmanship. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Maria Pretzler