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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

I have wide interests in the history of the Latin and Greek languages, ancient sociolinguistics and bilingualism, the languages and epigraphy of the ancient Mediterranean and comparative Indo-European studies. I have particular interests in the historical sociolinguistics of Latin; the other ancient Languages of the Italian peninsula especially Sabellian and Etruscan; and the history of the Armenian language. I am currently Principal Investigator of the AHRC funded project ‘Greek in Italy’. I am editor of the oldest scholarly journal devoted to the general study of language and languages that has an unbroken tradition,Transactions of the Philological Society.

Publications

Key publications: 

Language and Society in the Greek and Roman Worlds (Cambridge University Press, 2015)

(editor) A Companion to the Latin Language (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011).

Indo-European Linguistics (Cambridge, 2007).

(with Geoff Horrocks) The Blackwell History of the Latin Language (Oxford, 2007, corrected paperback edition 2010).

(ed. with A. Boud'hors, C. Louis and P. Sijpesteijn) Monastic Estates in Late Antique and Early Islamic Egypt (American Society of Papyrologists, 2009).

(ed. with Birgit Anette Olsen) Indo-European Word Formation (Copenhagen, 2004).

(ed. with Torsten Meißner) Nominal Composition in Indo-European Languages (=Transactions of the Philological Society  Vol. 100, nos. 2-3. 2002).

The Linguistic Relationship between Armenian and Greek (Oxford, 1994).

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Current and former research projects supervised include: a study of the ways in which Greek expresses the agent after a passive verb; a re-examination of the stop system of Indo-European using recent work in phonetics; dialects of Indo-European and the development of the verbal system; the interaction of Latin, Greek and Gaulish in Southern France; the language of ancient curse tablets, especially bilingual formulae; the Oscan language in Southern Italy; Sabine glosses in ancient texts; the Latin of Roman Britain; registers of language use in ancient Greek; Greek borrowings in Etruscan; Latin borrowings in Punic; and individual studies of the language of several Latin and Greek literary authors.

Professor of Comparative Philology
Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics, Jesus College
Professor James  Clackson

Contact Details

Jesus College, Cambridge, CB5 8BL
jptc1@cam.ac.uk
01223 339415 (College)
Not available for consultancy

Latest news

James Warren begins his term as Chair of the Faculty Board

12 January 2022

James Warren, Professor of Ancient Philosophy and Fellow of Corpus Christi College took over as Chair of the Faculty Board on 1 January 2022.

New Year's Honours 2022: James Diggle CBE

1 January 2022

The Faculty is delighted to report that Emeritus Professor James Diggle has been awarded a CBE for his services to Classical Scholarship in the 2022 New Year's Honours List. James was Professor of Greek and Latin from 1995 until he retired in 2011 and is a Fellow of the British Academy as well as Life Fellow at Queens'...

University Assistant Professorships in Classics

3 December 2021

The Faculty of Classics is seeking to appoint three University Assistant Professorships. Applications are invited from those whose research falls into the areas of Greek and Roman philosophy, Greek and Roman history, Greek art and archaeology, and Greek literature. For further details please see the HR Division website ...

Aldborough Roman Town

24 November 2021

Watch a new film about Aldborough Roman Town , exploring its archaeological story. Created by Dr Rose Ferraby, it celebrates new understandings of the site from the Aldborough Roman Town Project .