Howdy everyone, I'm Greg. I had the pleasure of having dinner with Lauren last year, when she visited Oxford, so I think this introduction section is a great idea. We are from all over the world, so how are we meant to get to know one another? I started this little venture, New Classicists, because I realised that there really wasn't a place for PG students in Classics to publish peer reviewed articles. Yes, academic journals can accept your article, but it might take a year, or more, to get published and the chance that they would even look at your paper, as a student, is minimal - they don't say that outright of course... Starting the journal in 2018 I couldn't have imagined the progress it has made in the last 2 years, but that's all down to a great community - online and in the real world.
Personally, I'm in the last year of my PhD at KCL. I have to admit that I am completely over it and there are many days that I consider chucking it all in to go work at Aldi! The temptation is great, trust me, but I know I'll regret it if I don't finish. Who knows what comes next though? The current job market, not helped at all by Covid, is only going to get worse and I often despair at the ever increasing capitalism of HE and its dwindling support of the Humanities.
On a brighter note, I enjoy many things outside of research. Although I don't read, non academic books, as much as I used to, I do like reading in a nice chair outside whilst constantly marveling at how lazy my cat is (she doesn't seem to move more than 10 steps before falling back asleep). I play a lot of tennis, swim a lot and travel as much as I can. You can find out all about my adventures, and grumblings, on Twitter - @GregHGilles
I'd love to hear more about everyone, so please share your stories, or tell us what you'd want to see on this forum.