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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

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

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...

Mary Beard receives THE Outstanding Achievement Award

18 November 2022

Professor Mary Beard received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Times Higher Education Awards . The citation hailed how she had “broken through the ivory tower’s walls and brought her unique enthusiasm for her subject – and crucially, what it can teach us about contemporary life and politics – to the world”...

University Assistant Professorship in Classics

15 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint an Assistant Professor in Classics (Ancient Greek History and/or Archaeology) from 1 September 2023. The role is open to those, at any stage in their career, with a primary research interest in Archaic/Classical/Hellenistic Greek History and/or Archaeology. We welcome...

Brian Leech Memorial Fund

10 November 2022

The Faculty of Classics is delighted to announce the establishment of the Brian Leech Memorial Fund. The Fund comes about thanks to a generous donation by Emma Gleave, and is made in memory of her late father, Brian Leech. Brian Leech had a long and successful career as both barrister and judge. He also greatly enjoyed classical studies – with a life-long passion for ancient Greek and Latin languages.