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Professor Patrick FinglassMA, DPhil (Oxon.)

Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek

Patrick Finglass

Professor Patrick FinglassMA, DPhil (Oxon.)

Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek

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After taking my undergraduate and doctoral degrees at the University of Oxford, I was appointed Lecturer in Classical Studies at the University of Nottingham in 2006, where I was promoted to Associated Professor and then, in 2012, to Professor of Greek; I also served there as Head of the Department of Classics, Head of the School of Humanities, and President of the Nottingham branch of the Classical Association. Then in 2017 I was appointed to the Henry Overton Wills Chair of Greek at the University of Bristol (as successor to Professor Robert Fowler FBA), simultaneously taking up the position of Head of the Department of Classics and Ancient History, one of the leading departments in our field for teaching and research anywhere in the world. In 2018, I was additionally appointed Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership, which is responsible for funding and training doctoral students across a consortium of universities from this region.

I am President of the Bristol branch of the Classical Association; editor of Classical Quarterly (published for the Classical Association by Cambridge University Press); a member of the Academia Europaea, of the editorial boards for Oxford Scholarly Editions Online (Oxford University Press) and the journal Skenè (Edizioni Fiorini, Verona), and of the Comitato Scientifico for the the journal Eikasmos (Pàtron Editore, Bologna); and external examiner for taught courses in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham (having previously fulfilled the same role for the Department of Classics at King’s College London).


I work on ancient Greek literature, particularly lyric poetry and tragedy, across a range of authors, especially Sophocles, Euripides, Pindar, Stesichorus, and Sappho.

I have published, with Cambridge University Press, in its series ‘Cambridge Classical Texts and Commentaries’ (the ‘Orange’ series), editions of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King (2018), Ajax (2011), and Electra (2007), the poems of Stesichorus (2014), and of Pindar’s Pythian Eleven (2007). Funding for my editions of Stesichorus and of Sophocles’ Ajax was generously provided by the Arts and Humanities Research Council; funding for my edition of Sophocles' Oedipus the King was generously provided by the Leverhulme Trust. A further sole-authored book, a volume Sophocles for the series ‘Greece and Rome New Surveys in the Classics’ published by Cambridge University Press, is in press.

With Cambridge University Press I have also co-edited (with A. Kelly) Stesichorus in Context (2015); with Oxford University Press I have co-edited (with C. Collard and N. J. Richardson) Hesperos. Studies in Ancient Greek Poetry Presented to M. L. West on his Seventieth Birthday (2007). Additionally, I have two major co-edited volumes underway, both with Cambridge University Press: The Cambridge Companion to Sappho (with A. Kelly) and Fragmented Women. The Female Characters of Fragmentary Greek Tragedy (wth my Bristol colleague L. Coo; this book arises from a homonymous conference which Dr Coo and I co-organised at Nottingham in 2016).

Where possible I am happy to share copies of my publications, including works which have been accepted for publication but which are still to appear; please get in touch.

PhD supervision

To date seven PhD students have gained their doctoral degree with me as their principal supervisor, with two more underway; and one with me as his second supervisor. I warmly welcome inquiries from potential applicants who would like to study with me, whether or not their project falls within my specific research interests (I have previously supervised PhD theses to completion on Hellenistic poetry, Roman comedy, and imperial Greek prose as well as on tragedy and lyric); just get in touch.

Undergraduate teaching

Since arriving in Bristol I have taught a big first- and second-year course on Archaic Greece, the advanced Greek ‘Level D’ option (which examined different versions of the myth of Orestes, looking at retellings by Homer, Stesichorus, Pindar, Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides), Latin ‘Level B’, which was focused on Virgil’s Eclogues, and also had many undergraduate dissertation students and personal tutees. Owing to my two administrative positions I am not directly involved in undergraduate teaching during the academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20, but I am always happy to see any undergraduate on any matter in my role as Head of Department: please either knock on the door of my office (11 Woodland Road, room 1.34b) or get in touch to arrange an appointment.


I frequently give lectures on classical topics at schools and school conferences, to branches of the Classical Association, and really any interested group whatsoever, in the south west and further afield; please get in touch if you would like to arrange something.

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11 Woodland Road
United Kingdom