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UK Fellow, Classical Antiquity, elected in 2009

Professor Christopher Pelling FBA

Greek and Latin historiography and biography, especially the literary criticism of prose texts, in particular Herodotus, Thucydides, Plutarch, and Tacitus
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About this Fellow

Christopher Pelling was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University from 2003-2015. Before that he was McConnell Laing Fellow and Praelector in Classics (1975-2003) at University College Oxford, where he is now an Honorary Fellow. He has also held visiting professorships at Utah State University, Washington and Lee University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has been President of the International Plutarch Society and President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. He has written extensively on Greek and Roman historiography and biography, Greek tragedy, and Roman History. In 2014 he was appointed by Michael Gove to lead a DfE initiative to promote the teaching of Latin in state schools.



Current post

  • Emeritus Regius Professor of Greek, University of Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Emeritus Regius Professor of Greek, Christ Church University of Oxford, 2016


Plutarch and History 2002

Literary Texts and the Greek Historian 2000

Plutarch: Life of Caesar 2011

(with Maria Wyke) Twelve Classical Voices: Ancient Ideas for Modern Times 2014

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