About

This website is maintained by Jason König and Dawn Hollis, both members of the School of Classics at the University of St Andrews.

Jason’s previous work has focused mainly on the Greek literature and culture of the Roman empire. He has worked among other things on ancient athletics, ancient scientific and encyclopedic writing, and the imperial and early Christian traditions of writing about the symposium. He is currently working on a monograph on mountains in ancient Mediterranean literature and culture, which will consider upland landscapes from four key perspectives: with reference to their religious significance; in terms of military engagements and their representation in historical and geographical writing; within the theme of ‘viewing mountains’; and through a consideration of mountains as places of work and habitation.

Dawn completed her PhD in the School of History at St Andrews in 2016, with a thesis entitled ‘Re-thinking Mountains: Ascents, Aesthetics, and Environment in Early Modern Europe’. As part of a Leverhulme-funded project she is currently working on a series of articles exploring the influence of classical ideas relating to mountains on the engagements of later periods, with a particular focus on the seventeenth through to the nineteenth centuries. She is particularly interested in considering the ways in which the Renaissance and early modern period provided a ‘bridge’ for classical ideas to enter modern categories of mountain appreciation.