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Faculty of Classics



Greek dialectology, Mycenaean Greek, Linear B, Indo-European,
Historical and comparative linguistics.


Key publications: 

‘Instrumentals, datives, locatives and ablatives: the -phi case form in Mycenaean and Homer.’ Proc. Cam. Phil. Soc. 44, 1998, 219–250.
‘Dialects in Mycenaean and Mycenaean among the dialects.’ Minos 31–32, 1996–1997 [1998], 313-333.
‘Bulls’ testicles and Mycenaean onomastics: must iphi be singular?’ in J. Bennet ed., A-NA-QO-TA. Studies presented to J.T. Killen. Minos 33–34, 1998–1999 [2002], 339–347.
‘Prepositional usage in Arcado-Cypriot and Mycenaean: a Bronze Age isogloss?’ Minos 35–36, 2000–2001 [2002], 395–430.
‘What the Butler saw: some thoughts on the syntax and semantics of the Mycenaean o- ~ jo- introductory particle.’ Minos 37–38, 2002–2003 [2006], 317–336.
‘Special vs. Normal Mycenaean Revisited.’ Minos 37–38, 2002–2003 [2006], 337–369.
‘Mycenaean mo-ro-qa.’ In Massimo Perna, ed., Fiscality in Mycenaean and Near Eastern Archives. Proceedings of the Conference held at Soprintendenza Archivistica per la Campania, Naples, 21-23 October 2004. Studi Egei e Vicinorientali 3. Paris: De Boccard 2006 (225–240).
‘Two notes on Mycenaean labial stops.’ in Ziva Antika 55, 2005 [2006], 107–115.
‘Long mid vowels in Attic-Ionic and Cretan’, PCPS 52, 2006, 81–101.

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Recent topics include: Linguistic history of Cyprus; history of writing on Crete; the Aeolic dialect group; linguistic variation in the Attic orators; historical syntax.

Senior Lecturer in Classics (Philology and Linguistics)
Fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at Selwyn College
University Orator
Dr Rupert  Thompson

Contact Details

Selwyn College
01223 335649
Not available for consultancy

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Corbett Lecture 2021, “Sympathy and the Problem of Nature”

6 October 2021

Professor Brooke Holmes, Princeton University, will deliver this year’s Corbett Lecture in G19 on Thursday October 21 at 5.00 p.m.

Collaboration between the Faculty of Classics and the University of Ghana

20 October 2021

We are proud to announce that the Faculty of Classics has established a collaborative link with the University of Ghana, generously funded by the Cambridge-Africa ALBORADA Research fund. Developing new connections with Ghana promises to open up new possibilities for research and teaching, which will be beneficial for both...


19 October 2021

The podcast for Aldborough Roman Town , written and presented by Dr Rose Ferraby, is now available. See the project page for more information .

Onassis Foundation endowing a fellowship for the creation of a new post in Classics

12 October 2021

A new University post linked to Newnham will continue a College tradition of teaching, research, and taking Classics out into the wider world that goes back more than a century to Jane Harrison. Newnham College, Cambridge is launching the Onassis Classics Fellowship in order to secure a permanent position for the teaching...