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Prof. Jane L. Lightfoot
MA DPhil Oxf


Professor of Greek Literature, Faculty of Classics
Fellow, New College


New College

Tel No: (01865) 279547


Jane completed both undergraduate and graduate studies at Oxford, and spent six years as a Prize Fellow and then a further three as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at All Souls College. She has been Charlton Fellow and Tutor in Classical Languages and Literature in New College since 2003. Whether indulging classical interests or not, she loves reading, writing, and travelling, and her greatest loves of all are Schubert and Thomas Mann.

Research Keywords:

Hellenistic and later Greek literature

Research Interests:

Jane is interested in most aspects of Greek literature, but her publications to date have concentrated on Hellenistic and imperial literature, both poetry and prose. Interests in the religions, art, and archaeology of the Roman Near East, in ethnography, and in Greek textual criticism and palaeography were brought together in her book in Lucian. Her work on the Sibylline oracles concerned oracular literature and prophecy, both pagan and Judaeo-Christian. In general she likes to find under-explored authors and texts which can shed new light on the classical world, and tries to bridge areas too often studied separately.

Full Publications:

Click here for a downloadable pdf of full publications:  Lightfoot-Publications (Feb. 2014).pdf

Selected Publications:

Dionysius Periegetes, Description of the Known World: With Introduction, Text, Translation, and Commentary, (Oxford 2014).

Hellenistic Collection: Philitas, Alexander of Aetolia, Hermesianax, Euphorion, Parthenius (Loeb Classical Library) (Cambridge, MA, and London), (2009).

Sibylline Oracles: With Introduction, Text, and Commentary on Books 1-2, (Oxford 2007).

Lucian, On the Syrian Goddess: Edited with Introduction, Translation, and Commentary, (Oxford 2003).

Parthenius of Nicaea: The Poetic Fragments and the Ἐρωτικὰ παθήματα, Edited with an Introduction and Commentary , (Oxford 1999).