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Faculty of Classics



Tim was A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture from 2014 to 2023, when he became Regius Professor of Greek. He is Editor in Chief of the fifth edition of the Oxford Classical Dictionary.


Tim works on all areas of Greek literature and culture, with a particular emphasis on the culture of Greeks under the Roman Empire. He has also written on religion and atheism in the ancient world, and on identity issues.


Key publications: 

He has written a number of books including Greek Literature and the Roman Empire (2001), The Second Sophistic (2005), Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance (2011), Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism (2014), Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World (2015), Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel (2018), Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon I–II: Edited with Commentary (2020) and Rome's Age of Revolution: Christians in a Classical World (2024).

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

He is a specialist in Greek literature and culture of all periods, but particularly the Roman Empire.

Regius Professor of Greek
Professor Tim  Whitmarsh

Contact Details

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Takes PhD students
Not available for consultancy


Latest news

Election of two new Professors in the Faculty of Classics

27 March 2024

The Faculty is delighted to announce the election of Professor Josephine (Jo) Crawley Quinn to the Professorship of Ancient History and Professor Serafina Cuomo to the A. G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture . Jo will join the Faculty on 1 January 2025 and will be the first woman to hold the Professorship of Ancient...

Craven Seminar 2024

26 March 2024

The programme for the Craven Seminar 2024, ‘Interface Interpretation: exegesis as encounter in Greco-Roman literature’ , is now available online . This will be an in-person event. Please click here to register.

Classical Equalities Lecture 25 April 2024 at 17.00 in G19

4 March 2024

Jane Draycott will be giving this year’s Classical Equalities lecture, on ‘ Prostheses in Classical Antiquity: Everything You Never Knew You Wanted To Know’. Jane Draycott is Lecturer in Ancient History at the University of Glasgow. Her research investigates science, technology, and medicine in the ancient world. She has...

Soundmarks Project

12 February 2024

Soundmarks, an art/archaeology collaboration between Rose Ferraby, Cambridge Archaeologist, and Rob St John using sound and visual art launches at DIG in York. In 2019 the pair created work exploring and animating the sub-surface landscape of Aldborough Roman Town in North Yorkshire, UK. Soundmarks Aldborough was re-shown...