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Faculty of Classics

 

Biography

Tim Whitmarsh joined the Faculty as Leventis Professor of Greek Culture in October 2014, after holding professorial posts in Oxford and Exeter.  

Research

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.

Publications

Key publications: 

1) Greek literature and the Roman empire: the politics of imitation (Oxford University Press 2001; paperback ed. 2004), pp. viii + 370.

2) Achilles Tatius, Leucippe and Clitophon, trans. with notes (Oxford University Press, 2001; paperback, 2002), pp. 164.

3) Ancient Greek literature, Cultural History of Literature series (Polity Press, 2004), pp. viii + 284. Repr. 2008. Slovenian translation Starogrška literatura (Ljublana: Modrijan, 2013).

4) The second sophistic, Greece & Rome New Surveys in the Classics (Oxford University Press, 2005), pp. 106. Greek translation forthcoming.

5) (ed. with Jason König) Ordering knowledge in the Roman empire (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007), pp. xiii+ 304.

6) (ed.) The Cambridge companion to the Greek and Roman novel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), pp. xvi + 392.

7) (ed. with Christopher Gill and John Wilkins) Galen and the world of knowledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), pp. xv + 327.

8) (ed.) Local knowledge and microidentities in the Roman Greek world (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), pp. xiii + 228.

9) Narrative and identity in the ancient Greek novel: returning romance (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011), pp. xii + 299.

10) Beyond the second sophistic: adventures in Greek postclassicism (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2013), pp. 296.

11) (ed. with Stuart Thomson) The romance between Greece and the East (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. xiv + 396.

12) (ed.) Figures = Greece and Rome 60 (2013): 1-88.

13) Battling the gods: atheism in the ancient world (London: Faber and Faber / New York: Knopf Vintage, 2015).

14) Dirty love: the genealogy of the ancient Greek novel (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018).

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Greek literature and culture, especially of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture
Academic Secretary (Graduate)
Director of Studies at St John's College
Professor Tim  Whitmarsh

Contact Details

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
tjgw100@cam.ac.uk
Not available for consultancy

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