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Prof. Gregory O. Hutchinson
MA DPhil Oxf


Regius Professor of Greek, Faculty of Classics


Christ Church

Tel No: (01865) 276192

Prof. Gregory O. Hutchinson


I was born in 1957, in Hackney, London. I went to the City of London School (with an Inner London Education Authority free place). I went to Balliol College, Oxford, as an undergraduate and graduate, then to Christ Church, Oxford, as a Research Lecturer. In 1984 I became Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Exeter College, Oxford, and in 1998 Professor of Greek and Latin Languages and Literature. In 2015, I was appointed to the Regius Chair of Greek, and so returned to Christ Church, having really seen the world.

Research Keywords:

Greek Lyric, Greek Tragedy, Hellenistic Poetry, Cicero, Latin Elegy, Silver Latin, Imperial Greek prose, Epistolography, Prose-rhythm, Ancient poetry-books, interaction of Greek and Latin literature.

Research Interests:

In my research work I seek, unusually for a classicist, to give equal attention to Greek and to Latin, and to work on both prose and poetry. Some of my books attempt to expand the literary understanding of periods or types of work which at the time had been relatively under-explored or under-valued. Others present sustained comment and analysis of particular texts. But I am generally concerned to combine detailed textual criticism and verbal interpretation with larger literary argument. In my opinion, these aspects of the subject should be in constant communication with each other, not frostily separated. I am interested too in the relation of literature to history, archaeology, philosophy, linguistics, and other areas. On a more minute scale, I have occupied myself considerably of late with papyri and manuscripts. There are few pleasures, I find, like gazing through a microscope at some recalcitrant group of traces. (But then I have never taken snuff.)

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Hutchinson-Publications-Oct-2016.pdf

Selected Publications:

Greek to Latin: Frameworks and Contexts for Intertextuality, (Oxford 2013).

Talking Books: Readings in Hellenistic and Roman Books of Poetry, (Oxford 2008).

Propertius: Elegies Book IV, (Cambridge 2006).

Greek Lyric Poetry: A Commentary on Selected Larger Pieces. (Alcman, Stesichorus, Sappho, Alcaeus, Ibycus, Anacreon, Simonides, Bacchylides, Pindar, Sophocles, Euripides.) , (Oxford 2001).

Cicero's Correspondence: A Literary Study , (Oxford 1988).

Hellenistic Poetry, (Oxford 1988).