The Arts and Humanities can help us to see the world differently, and to understand how the past can be a resource for creative responses to the challenges we face in the present. If we want to tackle those challenges effectively we need to understand their histories: the ways in which they were shaped and experienced and imagined in the past.
Jason König is Professor of Greek at the University of St Andrews, and co-director of the St Andrews Centre for Ancient Environmental Studies. He works broadly on the Greek literature and culture of the Roman empire (from the late Hellenistic period to late antiquity, approx. 200 BCE – 500 CE), and on the history and representation of human-environment relations in classical antiquity. His books include The Folds of Olympus: Mountains in Ancient Greek and Roman Culture (Princeton University Press, 2022).