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Professor Richard Hunter

Professor Richard Hunter

Regius Professor of Greek

Fellow of Trinity College

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

Office Phone: 01223 335150 (Faculty) / 338410 (College)

Research Interests

Ancient literary criticism, Hellenistic and Roman poetry, the Greek and Roman novel, Greek literature and Greek religion

Research Supervision

Recent areas supervised include: Hesiod, Herodotus, Euripides, the rhetorical tradition, Hellenistic culture, Roman comedy

Key Publications

Hesiodic Voices. Studies in the Ancient Reception of Hesiod's Works and Days (Cambridge 2014)
Plato and the Traditions of Ancient Literature: the silent stream (Cambridge, 2012)
(with D. Russell) Plutarch, How to study poetry (Cambridge, 2011)
Critical Moments in Classical Literature (Cambridge, 2009)
(with I. Rutherford) Wandering Poets in Ancient Greek Culture (Cambridge, 2009)
On Coming After: Studies in Post-Classical Greek Literature and its Reception (Berlin, 2008)
The Shadow of Callimachus (Cambridge, 2006)
The Hesiodic Catalogue of Women: Constructions and Reconstructions (Cambridge, 2005)
(with M. Fantuzzi) Tradition and Innovation in Hellenistic Poetry (Cambridge, 2004)
Plato's Symposium (Oxford, 2004)
Theocritus: Encomium of Ptolemy Philadelphus (Berkeley, 2003)
Theocritus. A Selection (Cambridge, 1999)
Studies in Heliodorus (Cambridge, 1998)
Theocritus and the Archaeology of Greek Poetry (Cambridge, 1996)
The 'Argonautica' of Apollonius: literary studies (Cambridge, 1993)
Apollonius of Rhodes: Argonautica Book III (Cambridge, 1989)
The New Comedy of Greece and Rome (Cambridge, 1985)
A Study of Daphnis & Chloe (Cambridge, 1983)
Eubulus: The Fragments (Cambridge, 1983)


For a pdf of Professor Hunter's Inaugural Lecture please click here

Upcoming events

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Oct 15, 2015


The B Club

Oct 19, 2015


Art under Fire: Art Crime in Times of War and Peace

Oct 20, 2015

Classics Faculty, room G19 AND Museum of Classical Archaeology

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Oct 22, 2015


Casts by Candlelight

Oct 23, 2015

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology

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German History Journal's Best Article of 2015

Sep 14, 2015

The Faculty is very proud to announce that Dr Helen Roche has been awarded the Best Article of 2015 prize by the journal German History for her article, 'Surviving Stunde Null: Narrating the fate of Nazi elite-school pupils during the collapse of the Third Reich'.

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Sep 07, 2015

Cambridge Classics Graduate Open Day - Saturday 14th November

Following Hercules: the Story of Classical Art

Aug 19, 2015

A colossal polystyrene statue of Hercules by contemporary artist Matt Darbyshire will be the star exhibit in a new exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum exploring the story of classical art.

Classics in Communities Conference (19 Sept 2015)

Jul 30, 2015

This conference aims to bring together all those interested in the teaching and learning of Latin and Greek in schools, colleges, universities and communities in the UK and around the world. Building on the success of the first ‘Classics in Communities’ conference in Oxford in November 2013, the themes of this year’s conference will include: widening access to Classical languages; emerging practices in Classics pedagogies; improving community cohesion through Classics; the cross-curricular value of Classical languages and the appeal/merits of non-linguistic Classics. Keynote speakers will be Tim Whitmarsh, A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge and Tom Holland, celebrated British novelist and ancient historian.

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