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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).


  • Emeritus Fellow, All Souls College (from 2004 to 2014)
  • 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


  • 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, 2013).
  • 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)