Professor P J Rhodes FBA

Ancient Greek history, especially politics and political institutions, and the literary and other sources for ancient history

Elected 1987

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year of birth
Year of death
Year elected

P. J. Rhodes studied at Oxford and since 1965 was based in Durham as Professor of Ancient History 1983-2005 and as Honorary and Emeritus Professor since then. He was a Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy, a Fellow of the Fondazione Lorenzo Valla and an honorary member of the Greek Epigraphic Society; he was President of the Classical Association 2014-2015; and he was awarded a Chancellor's Medal by the University of Durham in 2015. He held visiting fellowships at various Oxford colleges, and in various places outside the UK. His main area of academic activity was ancient Greek history, in particular the politics of both political institutions and political activity, and the sources for ancient history, both literary and epigraphic.

Last post

University of Durham Honorary Professor; Emeritus Professor of Ancient History

Past appointments

University of Durham Professor of Ancient History

1983 - 2005

University of Durham Lecturer; Senior Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History

1965 - 1983

British Academy appointments

Vice-Chairman of Classical Antiquity Section

Chairman of Classical Antiquity Section

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