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Professor Tim Whitmarsh

Professor Tim Whitmarsh

A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue


Tim Whitmarsh joined the Faculty as Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in October 2014, after holding professorial posts in Oxford and Exeter.  

Research Interests

He works on all areas of Greek literature and culture, specialising particularly in the world of Greeks under the Roman Empire. He has also written a book on atheism in the ancient world, which will be out with Faber and Faber in 2015.

Research Supervision

Greek literature and culture, especially of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

Key Publications

1) Greek literature and the Roman empire: the politics of imitation (Oxford University Press 2001; paperback ed. 2004), pp. viii + 370.

2) Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon, trans. with notes (Oxford University Press, 2001; paperback, 2002), pp. 164.

3) Ancient Greek literature, Cultural History of Literature series (Polity Press, 2004), pp. viii + 284. Repr. 2008. Slovenian translation Starogrška literatura (Ljublana: Modrijan, 2013).

4) The second sophistic, Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics (Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 106. Greek translation forthcoming.

5) (ed. with Jason König) Ordering knowledge in the Roman empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. xiii+ 304.

6) (ed.) The Cambridge companion to the Greek and Roman novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. xvi + 392.

7) (ed. with Christopher Gill and John Wilkins) Galen and the world of knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. xv + 327.

8) (ed.) Local knowledge and microidentities in the Roman Greek world (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. xiii + 228.

9) Narrative and identity in the ancient Greek novel: returning romance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. xii + 299.

10) Beyond the second sophistic: adventures in Greek postclassicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), pp. 296.

11) (ed. with Stuart Thomson) The romance between Greece and the East (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. xiv + 396.

12) (ed.) Figures = Greece and Rome 60 (2013): 1-88.

13) Battling the gods: the struggle against religion in ancient Greece and Rome (London: Faber and Faber / New York: Knopf Vintage, 2015).

Upcoming events

The B Club

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Archaeology Seminar

Nov 01, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Classical Reception Seminar

Nov 01, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Mycenaean Seminar

Nov 02, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

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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.

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Oct 06, 2016

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

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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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