Professor Robert Parker

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Academic Background

I was Wykeham Professor of Ancient (Greek) History from 1996-2016. Before that I was Tutor in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature at Oriel College, Oxford; before that, an undergraduate and graduate at New College. I gave the Towsend lectures in Cornell in 2008 and the Sather lectures in Berkeley in 2013.

Research Interests

I study Greek society from an anthropological perspective; in particular, I am interested in how the Greeks' thought and behaviour was shaped by their religious beliefs. Of late I have been studying the interaction of Greek religion with other polytheistic systems, particularly in Asia Minor. Inscriptions are a prime source of evidence for me, and a great joy.

Research Keywords

Greek History, Greek Religion, Greek Epigraphy.


Full Publications: professor_robert_parker_full_publications.doc

Selected Publications: 

Greek Gods Abroad: Names, Natures, Transformations (Oakland, 2017)                                                                                                                  edited, Personal Names in Ancient Anatolia, (2013)
On Greek religion, (Cornell University Press 2011).
Polytheism and Society at Athens, (Oxford 2005).
Athenian Religion: a History, (Oxford 1996).
Miasma. Pollution and Purification in Early Greek Religion, (Oxford 1983), Notes: ed. 2 1996