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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

Greek Literature and its Critics Conference

24 November 2023

The programme for the Greek Literature and its Critics conference, to be held on 7th - 9th December 2023 in room G21, is available here .

A.G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture

26 September 2023

The Board of Electors to the A.G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture invite applications for this Professorship from persons whose work falls within the general field of the Professorship to take up appointment on 1 September 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. Further information is available at:

Professor Caroline Vout's book 'Exposed' named winner of 2023 London Hellenic Prize

12 June 2023

The Faculty is delighted to congratulate Professor Caroline Vout on her book Exposed being named winner of the 2023 London Hellenic Prize. Further details are available here: