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Professor Simon Goldhill

Professor Simon Goldhill

Professor of Greek Literature and Culture

Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at King's College

Director of CRASSH

King's College

Office Phone: 01223 331257 / 335169

Research Interests

Greek Tragedy; Greek Culture; Literary Theory; Later Greek Literature; Reception.

Research Supervision

Recent topics supervised include: Deception in Greek Culture; Athens in Paris; Homer's People; Dissent in Greek Literature; 2nd Sophistic Greek; Epiphany in Homer; Tragedy and Suicide; Classics in the 19th Century.

Key Publications

Language Sexuality Narrative: the Oresteia
Reading Greek Tragedy
The Poet's Voice
Foucault's Virginity
Being Greek Under Rome
Who Needs Greek?
The Invention of Prose
Art and Text in Greek Culture
Rethinking Revolutions
Performance Culture in Ancient Athens
(co ed)
The Temple of Jerusalem
Love Sex and Tragedy
How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today
Jerusalem: City of Longing
The End of Dialogue in Antiquity?
Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy
Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity

Upcoming events

Ancient Philosophy Seminar

Nov 26, 2015


The B Club

Nov 30, 2015


Ancient History Seminar

Nov 30, 2015

Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

Philology Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.11, Classics Faculty

Literature Seminar

Dec 02, 2015

Room 1.04, Classics Faculty

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Project Archivist (Mycenae Archive)

Nov 09, 2015

The Faculty wishes to recruit a fixed term Archivist as part of the Mycenae Archive Project from 01 January 2016. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for more information

Calais Collection

Nov 09, 2015

Many thanks to all those who donated so generously to the collection for Calais refugees - in just over a week we collected around 40 bags of winter clothing and equipment!

Classics? (Wed 4 November 2015, 6-7.15pm)

Oct 27, 2015

Held at the British Academy and chaired by Professor Oliver Taplin FBA, University of Oxford, this lecture will delve into the study of Classics today, nationally and internationally, now and in the future – from philology to interdisciplinarity, from nostalgia to impact with Professor Mary Beard FBA. Mary Beard is one of Britain’s best-known Classicists: her BBC TV series Meet the Romans aired in 2012, and she writes an engaging and thought-provoking blog, A Don’s Life.

Philip Leverhulme Prize 2015

Oct 20, 2015

The Faculty is delighted to announce the award of a Philip Leverhulme prize to Renaud Gagné, University Reader in Ancient Greek Literature and Religion. Philip Leverhulme Prizes recognise the achievement of outstanding researchers whose work has already attracted international recognition and whose future career is exceptionally promising.Each prize has a value of £100,000. Congratulations Renaud!

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