Dr Kathryn Tempest
On completion of her BA, MA and PhD Dr Kathryn Tempest secured employment as Lecturer in Latin Literature and Roman History at the University of Roehampton; she was promoted to a Senior Lectureship in 2009. As well as teaching both undergraduates and postgraduates, Kathryn has continued her own research. She is the author of Cicero: Politics and Persuasion in Ancient Rome, and she has recently co-edited a volume with Dr Christos Kremmydas on Hellenistic Oratory: Continuity and Change (Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
"Personally I love teaching the ancient languages for that moment when it just ‘clicks’. But ultimately the aim is to get students to read Greek and Latin literature in the original language, and when they get to that point it’s brilliant – for them and me! From a non-selfish point of view, however, I just enjoy seeing so many students wanting to learn Classics every year. And it’s really rewarding to watch them graduate knowing that they’ve retained, or rather have increased, their initial passion for the subject.
I enjoy the collaborative nature of research: I think research is traditionally seen as a solitary business, working alone somewhere in a library – and it very often is. But the sharing of ideas in conferences, seminars and larger projects is a very exciting and vital aspect too. Royal Holloway has recently created a Centre of Oratory and Rhetoric which will be a fantastic arena in which to conduct collaborative and interdisciplinary work. I’m also currently working with Dr Christos Kremmydas, who I first met when we were PhD students, on an edited volume called Hellenistic Oratory: Continuity and Change. The volume analyses the evidence for oratory in a period of history for which no written speeches have survived in full, so it has been great fun and a challenge. That’s probably what I enjoy the most – having questions and ideas, but being able to share and debate them with other people."