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Dr Martin Litchfield West

OM, MA, DPhil, DLitt, FBA
His later research was focused on producing a new critical edition of the Odyssey in the Teubner series, to complement his edition of the Iliad (1998–2000).
23 September 1937 - 13 July 2015
  • Recent Posts

    • Honorary Fellow, All Souls College (from 2014 to 2015)
  • Background

    • Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College (from 2004 to 2014)
    • Senior Research Fellow, All Souls College (from 1991 to 2004)
    • Professor of Greek, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London (from 1974 to 1991)
    • Fellow and Praelector in Classics, University College, Oxford (from 1963 to 1974)
    • Junior Research Fellow, St John’s College, Oxford (from 1960 to 1963)
    • Undergraduate, Balliol College, Oxford (from 1955 to 1959)
  • Research interests

    • Ancient Greek language, literature, and music
    • Indo-European poetry and myth
    • Early Zoroastrianism
  • Publications

    • Hellenica, 3 vols. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011–13).
    • The Making of the Iliad (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011).
    • The Making of the Odyssey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014).
    • The Hymns of Zoroaster (London: I. B. Tauris 2010).
    • Indo-European Poetry and Myth (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007).
    • (with E. Pöhlmann) Documents of Ancient Greek Music (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
    • Homeri Ilias, 2 vols (Stutgardiae: B.G. Teubner, 1998; Monachii: K.G. Saur, 2000).
    • The East Face of Helicon (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997).
    • Publications (PDF)
  • Other professional memberships and roles

    • Honorary Doctorate, University of Urbino (2011)
    • International Member of the American Philosophical Society (2010)
    • Fellow of the Academy of Athens (2009)
    • Honorary Doctorate, University of Cyprus (2008)
    • Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei (2007)
    • MAE (1998)
    • Corresponding Member, Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen (1991)
  • Research awards and grants

    • Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies, British Academy (2002)
    • International Balzan Prize for Classical Antiquity (2000)