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- Professor of Greek
- Dept of Greek & Latin
- Faculty of Arts & Humanities
I am part of the Liverpool diaspora. I began my career in Cambridge (where I was a research fellow at Jesus College) before moving to St Andrews, where I taught from 1977 to 1991, except for a visiting professorship at University of Minnesota in 1987-8; while there I also taught at Carleton College, Minnesota. I was Professor of Classics at Royal Holloway from 1991, before coming to UCL to take up the Chair of Greek in 2003. I love the smell and feel and noise of London and the constant vibrancy and energy at UCL. A brief CV can be found here.
My PhD was on Pindar and was supervised by Pat Easterling, John Killen and the late Sir Denys Page. I return constantly to my first love, Greek lyric poetry, though over the years I've also published on tragedy, comedy, Homer and especially oratory and law. My current main project is a commentary on Herodotos book 7 for the Cambridge University Press 'green and yellow' series.
Greek literature, especially early Greek poetry, oratory, drama
I teach Greek drama (tragedy and comedy), Athenian law and Homer at undergraduate and MA level; I also teach Greek drama and Herodotos in the MA and convene the MA courseon Approaches to the Reception of Classical Antiquity. I have taught classes as guest teacher in Leiden, Ioannina, Belgrade. I also lecture frequently to school audiences.
|1976||PhD||Doctor of Philosophy||University of Cambridge|
|1972||BA Hons||Bachelor of Arts (Honours)||University of Cambridge|