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Faculty of Classics


Faculty Contacts

Director of Undergraduate Studies Professor Renaud Gagné, Dr Alessandro Launaro (from 1 October 2022)

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

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

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

John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

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Mary Beard is one of ten writers and scholars invited by the BBC to reflect on their experience of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Follow the link below to listen: Listen here

Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...