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Professor Simon Swain FBA

Greco-Roman antiquity and its legacy in the East
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About this Fellow

Simon began his academic career in the carbohydrate-rich environment of All Souls, where he researched his longstanding interest in the Greek culture of the Roman empire. A Warwick Research Fellowship enabled him to link antiquity with the extraordinary world of the Islamicate middle ages, focussing on Galen alongside less well known authors like Polemon and Bryson. He currently co-leads the Streamlining Galen project on the ‘small texts’ that made canonical medicine digestible and teachable and is also finishing a book on the speeches of the courtier, philosopher, and adviser Themistius for the emperor Valens. He enjoys working collaboratively and has had the good fortune to be able to support many early career colleagues through his projects.

Simon spent many of his earlier years building up Warwick’s new department of Classics and then ran its Faculty of Arts. At university executive level he has been responsible for Warwick’s Arts and Social Sciences and its international strategy, and currently leads on national and regional engagement.

At the British Academy he chairs the Research and Higher Education Policy Committee, which oversees our core research funding activity and strategy.



Current post

  • Professor of Classics, University of Warwick
  • Vice President (Engagement), University of Warwick
  • Quondam Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford

Past Appointments

  • Pro-Vice Chancellor, University of Warwick, 2014 - 2019
  • Chair Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick, 2011 - 2014
  • Head of Classics, University of Warwick, 2010 - 2011
  • Head of Classics, University of Warwick, 2000 - 2007
  • Warwick Research Fellow, University of Warwick, 1995 - 2000
  • All Souls Postdoctoral Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 1990 - 1995

British Academy Appointments

  • Vice President for Research and Higher Education Policy, 2019 -

Other Classical Antiquity Fellows

Professor Amelie Kuhrt

My areas of expertise lie in the social, cultural and political history of the ancient Middle East (c.3000-100 BC), especially the Assyrian, Babylonian, Persian and Seleucid empires.

Professor Simon Hornblower

Classics and Ancient History Greek Language and Literature History of Greece and the Greek World Southern Europe Greece