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Faculty of Classics


Faculty Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies Dr Alessandro Launaro

Director of Postgraduate Studies Dr Nick Zair 

Chief Secretary Ms Lina Undicino

Archivist Dr Rebecca Naylor

Curator Dr Susanne Turner

Librarian Ms Lyn Bailey


Questions about and corrections to this website (but not general enquiries) should be addressed to


Caucus Secretaries

(MT = Michaelmas Term, LT = Lent Term, ET = Easter Term)

A (Literature):  Professor Stephen Oakley, Dr Christopher Whitton (LT)

B (Philosophy): Professor Gábor Betegh

C (History): Professor Robin Osborne 

D (Art & Archaeology): Dr Alessandro Launaro

E (Linguistics): Dr Nick Zair 

X (Interdisciplinary): Professor Ingo Gildenhard


College Contacts (Director of Studies)

Each College appoints a Director of Studies to take care of its undergraduates studying Classics. Directors of Studies arrange supervisions, and guide students through the complexities of the degree. The table below gives the names of current Directors of Studies, and the links will take you to a page with full contact details. Where the job is split, the information in brackets will tell you who is on duty in a particular term or for a particular part of the Tripos. Prospective undergraduate applicants should ordinarily approach the Director of Studies for Prelims or Part 1, if listed.

Christ’s College

Prof. Caroline Vout (Prelim,1A,1B,MMLL with Latin), Dr Henry Spelman (II)

Churchill College

Dr Jerry Toner

Clare College

Dr Charles Weiss

Corpus Christi College

Dr Jo Willmott (Prelim, 1A & 1B), Prof. James Warren (II)

Downing College

Dr Dan Jolowicz (Prelim & 1A), Dr Frisbee Sheffield (1B & II)

Emmanuel College

Dr Nigel Spivey (MT), Dr Christopher Whitton (LT & ET)

Fitzwilliam College

Dr Sara Owen  

Girton College

Dr Helen van Noorden

Gonville & Caius College

Dr Alessandro Launaro

Homerton College

Dr Myrto Hatzimichali, Dr Max Leventhal

Hughes Hall

Dr Tori McKee

Jesus College

Prof. James Clackson (MT), Dr Cédric Scheidegger Lämmle (LT & ET)

King's College

Prof. Ingo Gildenhard (1A & 1B), Dr Rosanna Omitowoju (II)

Lucy Cavendish College

Dr John Patterson 

Magdalene College

Dr John Patterson 

Murray Edwards College

Dr Hannah Willey

Newnham College

Pembroke College

Dr Moreed Arbabzadah (Prelim & 1A), Dr Torsten Meissner (1B & II)


Dr Nicholas Zair

Queens' College

Dr David Butterfield (MT & ET), Dr Moreed Arbabzadah (LT)

Robinson College

Dr Rosanna Omitowoju

St. Catharine's College

Dr Charlie Weiss

St. Edmund's College

Dr David Friedman

St. John's College

Prof. Emily Gowers

Selwyn College

Dr Rupert Thompson

Sidney Sussex College

Dr Ben Kolbeck (Prelim & 1A), Dr Yannis Galanakis (1B & II)

Trinity College

Dr Lea Niccolai

Trinity Hall

Dr Moreed Arbabzadah (Prelim, 1A & 1B), Dr Yannis Galanakis (II)

Wolfson College

Dr Philippa Steele

Latest news

VIEWS PhD Studentship

4 April 2023

The Faculty of Classics is recruiting for a PhD student to join the Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) project in October 2023. The student will work on a predetermined topic, namely visual aspects of the linear scripts of the Bronze Age Aegean (Cretan Hieroglyphic, Linear A and Linear B), although there...

Classics Shorts with Mary Beard: videos for schools

19 February 2023

We are thrilled to be launching Classics Shorts : a series of videos for schools introducing the ancient Greek and Roman worlds and exploring themes with continuing resonance for the modern classroom. Each film is accompanied by teaching materials for use in schools. Celebrity guests join Mary Beard and her colleagues to...

New appointment in Classical Archaeology

10 February 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Dr Jane Rempel has been appointed to an Assistant Professorship in Classics from 1 September 2023. She is currently Lecturer in Classical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield.

Regius Professorship of Greek

16 January 2023

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA has been elected Regius Professor of Greek from 1 April 2023. He is currently the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in the University. Looking ahead to his new role, Professor Whitmarsh commented: ’I am thrilled and honoured to be taking up this...