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Professor Geoff Horrocks

Professor Geoff Horrocks

Professor of Comparative Philology

Fellow of St John's College

St John's College

Office Phone: 01223 335164 (Faculty) / 338696 (College)

Research Interests

The history and structure of the Greek and Latin languages (including medieval and modern as well as ancient Greek), linguistic theory, historical linguistics.  He was co-director (with David Holton) of an AHRC funded research project to produce the world's first grammar of the medieval Greek vernacular (to be published by CUP), and is currently co-director (with James Clackson) of an AHRC funded project to investigate the long-term impact of Greek on the languages of ancient Italy.

Research Supervision

A wide range of topics in Greek historical syntax from ancient to modern Greek, including the expression of mood and modality in Homeric Greek, noun phrase structure in ancient and medieval Greek, the emergence of future periphrases in late antique and medieval Greek, the evolution of the syntax of complementation in late antique Greek with particular reference to the Roman and Byzantine papyri, and the development of the ancient Greek aspectual system with special reference to the role of the perfect.

Key Publications

Greek: A History of the Language and its Speakers (revised and expanded 2nd edition), Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
The Blackwell History of the Latin Language, Blackwell, 2007 - with James Clackson.
Generative Grammar, Longman/Pearson, 1987
Space and Time in Homer, Arno Press New York, 1983.

Plus: many articles on the morphology, syntax and semantics of ancient, medieval and modern Greek], including the following:

‘Ouk ísmen oudén: Negative Concord and Negative Polarity in the History of Greek’.  To appear in the Journal of Greek Linguistics 14.1 (2014).

‘High Register Medieval Greek: ‘Diglossia’ and What Lay behind it’.   To appear in Caterina Carpinato and Olga Tribulato (eds.) Storia e Storie della Lingua Greca, Venice: Università Ca’ Foscari (2014).

‘Three and a Half Millennia of Greek: Biology, Logic and Experience’.  To appear in Paola Crisma and Giuseppe Longobardi (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Diachronic and Historical Linguistics (2014).

Upcoming events

Literature Seminar

Oct 26, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Plato, Charmides

Oct 27, 2016


The B Club

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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