Greek and Latin languages and literature; ancient scholarship; ancient bilingualism and second-language learning; politeness and forms of address in Latin and Greek; sociolinguistics of ancient languages
About this Fellow
Pat Easterling (née Fairfax) read Classics at Newnham College Cambridge 1952-5, and worked on Greek manuscripts as a graduate student before moving to Manchester as an Assistant Lecturer (1957-8). She held posts at Newnham and in the Cambridge Classical Faculty until 1987, when she was appointed Professor of Greek at University College London. In 1994 she returned to Cambridge as Regius Professor of Greek and Professorial Fellow at Newnham, retiring in 2001. The main focus of her research is Greek literature, particularly tragedy, its performance and reception in antiquity and in later cultures; and the study of manuscripts and their history continues to be a major interest. Since the early 1970s she has been a general editor of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, a commentary series now reaching its hundredth publication. She is an Honorary Fellow of Newnham, University College London, and the Institute of Classical Studies, and has been honoured by the Universities of Athens, Bristol, London (Royal Holloway), Uppsala and Ioannina, She was elected FBA in 1998, and in 2013 associé étranger de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres, Institut de France, and Honorary Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
Culture and history of the Greek world under Rome; History of Medicine in antiquity and the middle ages; the legacy of Greek thought in medieval Islam
Greek historiography and mythography; Greek epic poetry; Greek lyric poetry; History of Classical Scholarship
Intellectual currents and imperial horizons in the first millennium CE, from Augustus to Avicenna, Central Asia to the Atlantic. Emergent Islam in its late antique context