About this Fellow
Andrew Barker read Greats at Oxford, and went on from there to the Australian National University, where he wrote a PhD thesis on forms of explanation in evolutionary biology. Ancient philosophy, however, was the main focus of his teaching career, in the Philosophy Department at the University of Warwick and the Classics Departments of the Universities of Cambridge, Otago and Birmingham. He retired in 2008. He plunged into research on ancient Greek music and musical theory in the mid-1970s, a time when these subjects had long been seriously neglected, and has been working on them ever since. He is the Founding President of the International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage (informally known as Moisa), and editor of the journal Greek and Roman Musical Studies.
- Emeritus Professor of Classics, University of Birmingham
- Lecturer, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Warwick, 1970 - 1992
- Professor of Classics, University of Otago, New Zealand, University of Otago, 1992 - 1995
- Professor of Classics, University of Birmingham, 1996 - 2010
History of the Hellenistic, Roman, and Late Antique Near East; Graeco-Roman Egypt; Papyrology; Epigraphy
Ancient History of the Mediterranean world: Greek inscriptions and coinages focused on central Greece; Greek onomastics; archaeological excavations at Eretria-Amarynthos.
The history of medicine from the ancient Greeks to the 17th century, especially Galen (129-216 C.E.) and the Galenic tradition, including editions and translations of Latin and Greek texts
Latin literature and Roman history; Livy, the transmissions and textual traditions of Latin authors, and the topography of pre-Roman Italy