Professor Robin Osborne FBA

Classics and Ancient History; History; Art and Archaeology of Greece and the Greek World; History of Greece and the Greek World; Southern Europe Greece

Elected 2006

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

Robin Osborne has been Professor of Ancient History in the University of Cambridge since 2001. Educated at Colchester RGS and King's Cambridge (MA, PhD), he held a Junior Research Fellowship at King's before moving to a five-year Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford in 1986 and then to a CUF University Lecturership at Corpus Christi College Oxford in 1989 (titular Professor, 1996).

Robin Osborne's work ranges widely over Greek history, art history, and archaeology. Most of his work concerns itself with historical questions for which material evidence is relevant, or with material evidence that raises historical issues, and he has explored some of the problems created by relying on only one sort of evidence in his History Written on the Classical Greek Body (2011). Robin Osborne is a past President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies and of the Classical Association, was Chair of the Classics Sub-Panel in REF 2014 and has been Chair of the Council of University Classical Departments. He was Senior Tutor at King's College Cambridge from 2009-2013.

Current post

University of Cambridge Professor of Ancient History

Past appointments

Corpus Christi College, Oxford University Lecturer in Ancient History

1989 - 2001

Magdalen College, Oxford Fixed Term Fellow

1986 - 1989

King's College, Cambridge Junior Unofficial Fellow

1982 - 1986

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