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Professor Douglas Cairns
MA, PhD, FHEA, FRSE, MAE
Professor of Classics
Summary of research interestsPlaces:
- Ancient Civilisations
- Language & Literature
I work on Greek society and ethics, especially the emotions, and especially as these are reflected in Greek epic, tragedy, and lyric poetry.
Watch a short video of Professor Cairns speaking about his research interests - Media Hopper
Current research activities
Language, emotion, and society in Classical Greece; Sophocles’ Antigone; history of distributed cognition; ancient emotions in Byzantine Greek; honour and status in classical Greece.
Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, Language, emotion, and society in Classical Greece (2008-11)
ERC-funded research project, Mind, Body, and Metaphor in Ancient Greek Concepts of Emotion (2012-13)
AHRC Research Grant, A History of Distributed Cognition (2014-17): http://www.hdc.ed.ac.uk
Leverhulme Trust International Research Network, Emotions through Time: From Antiquity to Byzantium (2016-18): http://emotions.shca.ed.ac.uk
ERC Advanced Grant, Honour in Classical Greece (2018-22): http://research.shca.ed.ac.uk/honour-in-greece/