Professor Richard Rutherford

I was an undergraduate (1974-78) and graduate student at Worcester College, Oxford. In 1981 I was appointed to a Research lecturership (= Junior Research Fellowship) at Christ Church, and in 1982 I succeeded Colin Macleod as Tutor in Classics. I have held this role ever since, periodically also holding various college and faculty offices.

Homeric epic (current project, nearing completion, a commentary on Iliad 18); tragedy; historiography; style, rhetoric and the poetic or literary use of language; irony and related concepts.

Homer, Greek tragedy, Herodotus, Thucydides, Cicero, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus.

Selected Publications

  • 'Herodotean ironies

  • Marcus the Stoic in 'Marius the Epicurean'


  • Plato and the Traditions of Ancient Literature: the Silent Stream.

  • Homer: Odyssey XVII-XVIII.

  • More
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