Director of Studies in Education (Hughes Hall)
External Director of Studies in Education (Girton)
- PhD King's College, London
- MA University of East Anglia
- PGCE University of Cambridge
- BA (Hons) Universities of Warwick and Cologne
Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations
- Classical Association
- Classical Reception Studies Network
- Grammaticalia (European early-career researchers working on Latin grammarians and language teaching in antiquity)
- Digital Classicist
- Examiner for Latin for a Public Awarding Body
Frances is a course tutor on the PGCE Latin with Classics, a Link Lecturer for partnership schools, and she supervises undergraduates on the Education, English and Drama Tripos, the Classical Tripos and supervises Latin for other Triposes. She has previously taught in a range of institutions, including modules on Latin and Roman mythology at King's College London.
Frances completed her PhD in 2013 at King's College, London, focusing on the late antique teacher and commentator Servius and his reception. She is interested in how people have read and continue to read and respond to the classical world and its literature, especially Virgil, whose place on the school curriculum since his own lifetime is almost continuous.
- Secondary Education
- Classics Education
- Reception of the Ancient World
- Late Antiquity
- Drama in Classics Teaching
- Education in the Ancient World
- Children's Literature and the Ancient World
- Education in Late Antiquity: Servius
- Late antique receptions of Virgil
- Receptions of the classical world in fantasy and children's literature
- Teaching and learning Latin verse literature in secondary PGCE-partnership schools
Current Research Projects
- Reading Servius in Context and Reception. This is a study of the reception of the late antique commentator on, and teacher of, Virgil: Maurus Servius Honoratus (PhD thesis: being revised for publication).
- Late antique responses to Virgil. I am exploring the way a number of late antique writers' respond to and reuse Virgil.
- Lands of the dead. I am looking at receptions of the ancient world, and in particular of the land of the dead, in fantasy and children's literature.
Research Seminars (2013-16)
In 2013-2014, I secured funding from the ICS (Institute of Classical Studies, University of London) to set up the ICS Early Career Seminar for Classical Studies, a regular seminar for all early career researchers in any areas of Classical Studies. Please see our website http://postdocsem.hypotheses.org/ for further details and a full programme of international speakers.
Research Seminars (2013-14)
Co-organiser of the Classical Receptions Discussion Group 2013-2014 http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/research/seminars/crdg/
- Secondary PGCE programme
- PGCE Latin with Classics
- MEd Researching Practice
- Latin supervisor
- R&I supervisor
Foster, F. (2016). Teaching Virgil’s Greek in Late Antiquity. Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft, 26·1, 69-81.
Foster, F. (2015). Visiting the Ancient Land of the Dead in Le Guin and Riordan. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, 44·122, 33-43.
Foster, F. (2015). Attitudes to Ancient Greek in Three Schools: A Case Study. The Language Learning Journal, DOI: 10.1080/09571736.2014.1002415. Online at: dx.doi.org/10.1080/09571736.2014.1002415
Foster, F. (2014). Lands of the Dead: Homer's Hades and Le Guin's Dry Land. Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, (Special Issue: Fantastika in the Greek and Roman Worlds), 43·118, 32–44.
Foster, F. (2014). Reconstructing Virgil in the Classroom in Late Antiquity. History of Education, 43·3, 285–303. DOI:10.1080/0046760X.2014.887791. Online at: dx.doi.org/10.1080/0046760X.2014.887791
Foster, F. (2013). Virgilising Rome in Late Antiquity: Claudian and Servius. New Voices in Classical Reception Studies, 8, 65-78.
Chapters in Books
Da Vela, B. and Foster, F. (2016). Servius, Donatus and Language Teaching. In A. Garcea, M.-K. Lhommé and D. Vallat; (eds), Fragments d’Érudition: Servius et le Savoir Antique. Hildesheim: Olms, 143-153.
Foster, F. (2014). Classics, or What's in a Name? Bulletin of the Council of University Classics Departments, 43.
Foster, F. (2013). The ICS Early Career Seminar. Bulletin of the Council of University Classics Departments, 42.
Foster, F. and Hunt, S. (2011). Teacher perceptions of the new Latin examinations of 2010. Journal of Classics Teaching, 22, 23-24.
Foster, F. (2008). A digital presentation of the text of Servius. Online at http://www.digitalclassicist.org/wip/wip2008-06ff.html
Selected Recent and Forthcoming Conferences
July 2017. Demigod, god or monster? Rick Riordan's Hercules. Celebrating Hercules in the Modern World, Leeds.
May 2017. Two narratives of Katabasis and the quest for being remembered. 'A Quest for Remembrance': The Descent into the Classical Underworld, Warwick.
March 2017. Rethinking Identity:Rutilius Namatianus’ De reditu suo. Voices in Late Latin Poetry, LMH, Oxford.
June 2016. The Dark Side of the Underworld: Hades Speaks! Imagining the Afterlife in the Ancient World, Birmingham and Newman.
May 2016. Servius and Antiquarianism in the Classroom. Finding the Present in the Distant Past: The Cultural Meaning of Antiquarianism in Late Antiquity, Gent, Belgium.
April 2016. Claudian, Servius and the Literary Presentation of the Succession of Power in Late Antiquity. Classical Association Conference, Edinburgh.
February 2016. Another Late Antiquity. Historical Fictions Research Network, ARU, Cambridge.
May 2015. The Persona of Servius. Characterisation in Memory Construction, ICS, London.
March 2015. Drinking Blood and Talking Ghosts. The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy, Tacoma, Washington.
September 2014. The Role of the Fantastic Ancient World in the work of Diana Wynne Jones. A Fantastic Legacy: Diana Wynne Jones, Newcastle.
August 2014. Praising Augustus through his Ancestors: Servius on Representations of Augustus in Virgil. Commemorating Augustus: a Bimillennial Re-evaluation, Leeds.
August 2014. Lands of the Dead in Speculative Fiction. Diversity in Speculative Fiction in Loncon3: The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, London.
June 2014. Teaching Language through Virgil in Late Antiquity. Language and Learning: The history of Linguistics in the Context of Education (Internationales Kolloquium des Studienkreises 'Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft'), Leiden.
April 2014. (with Beatrice DaVela) Servius, Donatus, and Language-teaching. Fragments d’érudition: Servius et le savoir antique, Lyon.
April 2014. Teaching Virgil in Late Antiquity. Classical Association Conference, Nottingham.
June 2013. Lands of the Dead: Hades and the Dry Land in Earthsea. Swords, Sorcery, Sandals and Space: The Fantastika and the Classical World, Liverpool.
March 2013. Servius and the City of Rome. Late Antiquity Workshop, ICS, London.
September 2012. Educating the Elite in Late Antiquity. Educating the Future Generation, UCL.
February 2012. The Reception of Virgil and Servius as Literary Personae. Classical Reception Discussion Group, Faculty of Classics, Cambridge.
December 2011. Proba's Cento: Virgil Rewritten. Annual Meeting of Postgraduates in the Reception of the Ancient World, University of London.
October, 2011. Reading Servius in Context. Poster: Arts and Humanities Festival, King's College, London. (Prize awarded).
March 2008. Performed the part of Lucres in a Thynke Byggly production of Medwall's Fulgens and Lucres. Mediaeval English Theatre, Bristol.