Stephanie Oade

Stephanie Oade
Language and Literature Postgraduate, October 2015

I took my Latin degree at Manchester University alongside musical studies at the Royal Northern College of Music and Royal Academy of Music. After graduating I spent several years working as a professional ‘cellist performing across the world before deciding to return to Classics and pursue my interest in Latin poetry. I applied for a DPhil at Oxford after a paper I wrote on the reception of Ovid in music (“Poetry into Music”, published IJCT 2014) showed up some gaps in this emerging branch of reception studies. I felt that my combination of music and Classics training could draw together some disparate methodological approaches and contribute to an increasingly interdisciplinary approach to humanities study.

The Classics department at Oxford is a fantastic place to work for a PhD: there is so much going on, great diversity across the faculty, extraordinary facilities and many opportunities. There is a lively graduate community and an incredible number of leading academics all in one place. They are never too busy to give their time: to chat, to lend an expert ear, or give an encouraging word. I am extremely fortunate that my work is funded by an Ertegun Scholarship, allowing me to develop my ideas amongst a small group of scholars, working across disciplines. The Classics faculty and Ertegun House offer a truly inspiring environment for personal and intellectual growth and help to make Oxford an outstanding place to study.

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