Professor Tim Whitmarsh FBA

Ancient Mediterranean literature, culture and thought; Greek literature, especially of the Roman Empire; cultural contacts in the ancient world; ancient religion and scepticism; literary and cultural theory

Elected 2020

UK Fellow

Tim Whitmarsh is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of St John’s College, Cambridge. A specialist in the literature, culture and religion of ancient Greece, he is the sole author of nine books, including Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World (Knopf 2015) and Dirty Love: The Genealogy of the Ancient Greek Novel (Oxford University Press 2018). He is editor-in-chief of the Oxford Classical Dictionary (5th edition), and edits book series for Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press. He was Principal Investigator for a major AHRC project Greek Epic of the Roman Empire: A Cultural History (2014–17), which will (among other things) produce the first complete set of translations of this relatively neglected corpus of Greek poetry. He has written over 80 academic articles, lectured on every inhabited continent, and contributed frequently to newspapers such as The Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books, as well as to BBC radio and TV.

Current post

University of Cambridge A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture

Past appointments

St John's College, Cambridge Vice-Master

Oct 2019 - Sep 2020

University of Chicago Visiting professor

Sep 2015 - Dec 2015

Corpus Christi College, Oxford Fellow and E.P. Warren praelector

Sep 2007 - Jul 2014

University of Exeter Lecturer; Reader; Professor

Sep 2001 - Sep 2007

St John’s College, Cambridge Junior Research Fellow; College Lecturer

Sep 1997 - Sep 2001


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