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Professor Simon Hornblower

MA, DPhil, FBA
Senior Research Fellow since 2010
Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Oxford
Simon Hornblower’s commentary on Herodotus book 5 will be published by CUP in November 2013. He is now working on a commentary on Herodotus book 6 in the same series, in collaboration with Chris Pelling, Regius Professor of Greek. He has also completed a commentary (with introduction, Greek text and English translation) on Lykophron’s Alexandra for OUP. He has given seminar and conference papers relating to this, and an article ‘Lykophron and Epigraphy: the Value and Function of Cult Epithets in the Alexandra’ will be published in Classical Quarterly 2014. He now plans a book on Lykophron and the Hellenistic World, to be offered to OUP.


  • Professor of Classics and Grote Professor of Ancient History, University College London (from 2006 to 2010)
  • Senior Lecturer, then Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University College London (from 1997 to 2006)
  • Lecturer in Ancient History, University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow, Oriel College, Oxford (from 1978 to 1997)
  • Prize Fellow, All Souls College (from 1971 to 1977)
  • Undergraduate, Balliol College, Oxford (from 1969 to 1971)
  • Undergraduate (scholar) Jesus College, Cambridge (from 1967 to 1969)

Research interests

  • Classical Greek historiography (especially Herodotus and Thucydides) and the relationship between historical texts as literature and as history
  • Pindar
  • Lykophron’s Alexandra


  • Lykophron Alexandra: Greek Text, Translation and Commentary (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015).
  • Herodotus Histories Book V (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013).
  • The Greek World 479-323 BC (London: Routledge, 4th ed., 2011).
  • Thucydidean Themes (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
  • Commentary on Thucydides (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 3 vols., 1991–2008).
  • (co-edited) Pindar’s Poetry, Patrons and Festivals, from Archaic Greece to the Roman Empire (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007).
  • Thucydides and Pindar (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004).
  • (co-edited) Greek Personal Names: Their Value as Evidence (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2000).
  • Publications (External Link)

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Member of RAE 2008 sub-panel 59 (classics, etc.) (2008)
  • Foreign member, Royal Danish Academy of Arts and Sciences (from 1999)
  • Member, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies (from 1994 to 1995)

Research awards and grants

  • AHRC research leave award (from 2006 to 2007)
  • AHRB research leave award (from 2000 to 2001)