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Professor Tim Whitmarsh

Professor Tim Whitmarsh

A.G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture

Academic Secretary (Graduate)

Director of Studies at St John's College

Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA

Biography:

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

Research Interests

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.

Research Supervision

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

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).

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

Upcoming events

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Spring 2021 Sather Series to include Mary Beard and MM McCabe

Jan 22, 2021

This year’s annual series of Sather Lectures will be delivered virtually by four previous Sather Professors, including Mary Beard, Professor of Classics and Fellow of Newnham College and MM McCabe, Professor of Ancient Philosophy Emerita, King's College London, and Honorary Fellow of Jesus College.

Access & Outreach coordinator

Jan 18, 2021

Details of how to apply for this post are now available online. Closing date 11 February 2021.

Inscriptions of Roman Cyrenaica

Jan 13, 2021

An online corpus of more than 2,000 inscriptions in Greek and Latin of the Roman period from Cyrenaica (eastern Libya), of which Joyce Reynolds is the Principal Author has been published to mark her 102nd birthday.

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Jan 08, 2021

The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of Dr. Neil Hopkinson (1957–2021).

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