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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


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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): Professor James Clackson

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

Dr Henry Spelman (MT: all years; LT & ET: 1B & II), Prof. Caroline Vout (LT & ET: Prelim,1A, MMLL with Latin)

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 Giulia Maltagliati

Emmanuel College

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

Fitzwilliam College

Dr Sara Owen  

Girton College

Dr Helen Van Noorden

Gonville & Caius College

Dr Alessandro Launaro

Homerton College

Dr Max Leventhal

Hughes Hall

Dr Tori McKee

Jesus College

Prof. James Clackson 

King's College

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

Lucy Cavendish College

Dr John Patterson (MT), Dr Peter Martin (LT & ET)

Magdalene College

Dr John Patterson (MT), Dr Peter Martin (LT & ET)

Murray Edwards College

Dr Jerry Toner

Newnham College

Pembroke College

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


Dr Nicholas Zair

Queens' College

Dr Michael Loy

Robinson College

Dr Rosanna Omitowoju

St. Catharine's College

Dr Charlie Weiss

St. Edmund's College

Dr David Friedman

St. John's College

Dr Max Leventhal

Selwyn College

Dr Rupert Thompson

Sidney Sussex College

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

Trinity College

Dr Lea Niccolai, Prof. Tim Whitmarsh (LT)

Trinity Hall

Dr Robert Machado (Prelim, 1A & 1B), Dr Yannis Galanakis (II)

Wolfson College

Dr Robert Machado

Latest news

VIEWS project Visiting Fellowships

20 May 2024

We invite applications for two funded VIEWS project Visiting Fellowships, with a deadline of 30th June 2024. For further details please follow this link.

Dr Richard Duncan-Jones FBA 1937-2024

19 May 2024

The Faculty is saddened by news of the death of Dr Richard Duncan-Jones FBA FSA. He had been a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College since 1963 where he was a college lecture in Classics and Director of Studies for many years.

Language Teaching Associate

17 May 2024

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint a Fixed Term Teaching Associate from 01 September 2024 until 31 August 2026 (0.6 FTE). The teaching will principally involve intensive reading classes in Greek and Latin for students without A level qualification or equivalent at entry. For more details see here. CLOSING DATE...

New appointment in Latin literature

15 May 2024

The Faculty is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Elena Giusti as a new Assistant Professor of Latin literature. She will join the Faculty in the new academic year. Elena will be joining from the University of Warwick, where she is currently Associate Professor of Latin . She works broadly on Roman literature and...