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Prof. Christopher B. R. Pelling
MA DPhil Oxf, FBA, Student of Christ Church


Member, Faculty of Classics


Christ Church


Prof. Christopher B. R. Pelling


Christopher returned to Christ Church in 2003 when he became Regius Professor of Greek. He had earlier been a Senior Scholar in the 1970s, and in between he spent twenty-nine years as Fellow and Praelector in Classics at University College.

Research Keywords:

Greek and Latin Literature and Historiography

Research Interests:

His research interests range over Greek and Latin historiography and biography, and also over other areas of Greek literature, especially tragedy.

Selected Publications:

''With thousand such enchanting dreams...': the dreams of the Lives revisited', in Gods, Daimones, Rituals, Myths, and History of Religions in Plutarch's Works: Studies devoted to Professor Frederick E. Brenk by the International Plutarch Society, van der Stockt L, Titchener FB, Ingenkamp H-G, Pérez Jiménez A (eds.), (n.d.), 315-332.

'Bringing autochthony up to date: Herodotus, Thucydides, and now', Classical World, Vol: 102.4, (n.d.), 469-481.

'What is popular about Plutarch's 'popular philosophy ?', in Virtues for the People: Aspects of Plutarchan Ethics, (n.d.), 41-58.

Seeing a Roman Tragedy Through Greek Eyes: Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, in Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition, Goldhill S (eds.), (n.d.), 264-288.

'Herodotus and Samos', Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Vol: 2011, (2011), 1-19.

'Pelling on Bar-Kochva on Wyrick on Bar-Kochva (2011.06.29)', Bryn Mawr Classical Review, (2011).

'Velleius and biography: the case of Julius Caesar',, in Velleius Paterculus, Cowan E (ed.), (Classical Press of Wales 2011), 157-176.

85. 'Putting the -viv- into conviviality: the Quaestiones Conuiuales and the Lives', in The Philosopher's Banquet, Klotz F, Oikonomopoulou K (eds.), (Oxford University Press, USA 2011), 207-231.

Plutarch Caesar, (Oxford University Press 2011).

'Learning from that violent schoolmaster....: Thucydidean intertextuality and some Greek views of Roman civil war', in Citizens of discord, Breed BW, Damon C, Rossi A (eds.), (Oxford Univ Pr 2010), 105-117.

'Mapping an ancient historian in a digital age: the Herodotus Encoded Space-Text-Image Archive (HESTIA)', Co-author: Pelling CB, Isaksen L, Barker E, Bouzarovski S, Leeds International Classical Studies, (2010).

'Plutarch's 'Tale of two cities': do the Parallel Lives combine as global histories?', in Plutarch's lives, Humble N (ed.), (Classical Press of Wales 2010).

Ancient historiography and its contexts, Co-author: Kraus CS, Marincola J, Pelling CBR, Woodman AJ, (Oxford University Press 2010).

Introduction, in Symposion and Philanthropia in Plutarch, Congress IPSI, Ferreira JR, Leao D, Barata P, Tröster M, Plutarquistas SED, Society IP (eds.), (2010).

Rome in Crisis, (ePenguin 2010).

The Liberation of Thebes in Plutarch's de Genio Socratis and Pelopidas, in On the Daimonion of Socrates, Nesselrath H-G, Plutarch (eds.), (Mohr Siebrek Ek 2010), 111-127.

The spur of fame: Tacitus, Annals 4.37-8, in Ancient historiography and its contexts, Kraus CS, Marincola J, Pelling CBR, Woodman AJ (eds.), (Oxford University Press 2010), 364-384.

Caesar's First Biographers, in A companion to Julius Caesar, Griffin MT (ed.), (Blackwell Pub 2009), 252-266.

Narratology and interpretation, in Narratology and interpretation, Grethlein J, Rengakos A (eds.), (De Gruyter 2009), 509-528.

Tacitus' personal voice, in The Cambridge companion to Tacitus, Woodman AJ (ed.), (Cambridge University Press 2009), 147-167.

The Oxford handbook of Hellenic studies, in The Oxford handbook of Hellenic studies, Boys-Stones GR, Graziosi B, Vasunia P (eds.), (Oxford University Press, USA 2009), 608-616.

'Was there an ancient genre of 'the memoir'? Or, did Augustus know what he was doing?, in The lost memoirs of Augustus and the development of Roman autobiography, Smith CJ (ed.), (Classical Press of Wales 2008), 41-64.

'Speech and narrative: Herodotus' debate on the constitutions', (Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society 2002), 123-58.

Plutarch and History, (Classical Press of Wales 2002).

'Anything truth can do, we can do better: the Cleopatra legend', in Cleopatra of Egypt: From History to Myth, eds. S. Walker and P. Higgs, (British Museum Publications 2001), 292-301.

'Fun with fragments: Athenaeus and the historians', in Athenaeus and his World, eds. D. Braund and J. Wilkins, (Exeter University Press 2000), 171-90.

Literary Texts and the Greek Historian, (Routledge, London 2000).

'Aeschylus' Persae and History' in Greek Tragedy and the Historian, ed. C.Pelling, (Oxford 1997), 1-19.

'Is death the end' Closure in Plutarch's Lives', in Classical Closure: Endings in Ancient Literature eds. D.Roberts, F.M.Dunn and D. Fowler, (Princeton 1997), 228-50.

Greek Tragedy and the Historian (ed.), (Oxford 1997).