» Professor Richard Rutherford
Professor Richard Rutherford
Role or Position
Tutor in Greek and Latin Literature since 1982
Educated at Robert Gordon's College, Aberdeen and Worcester College, Oxford (undergraduate 1974-1978); Research Lecturer, Christ Church, 1981-2;
Curator of Pictures, 1995-2000 and 2004-6; Censor 2007-11; Various Faculty offices, including Chairman of the Classical Languages and Literature Subfaculty 1999-2002.
Most areas of Greek and Latin language and Literature, esp. Homer, Virgil, Greek Tragedy, some Greek comedy, Catullus, Horace, elegy, ancient historiography.
I currently lecture on ‘Four Key Concepts for the Classicist’, ‘Homer’s Iliad: Style, Speech and Structure’, and ‘Euripides’. Other frequent courses in the past have included ‘An Introduction to Greek Tragedy’, ‘Thucydides book 7’, and ‘Looking at Style.’ I have found that lectures provide a useful springboard for publication, and a good deal of my published work on Homer’s Odyssey was tried out first in a lecture series entitled ‘Homer’s Odyssey: Themes and Structure’ which I gave for some years in the 1980s.
In the past I have published widely on Latin and especially Greek literature, especially Homer. My current interests focus mainly on the fifth and fourth centuries BC. I am also interested in ancient historiography and hope to do more in this area in future.
Greek Tragic Style: form, language and interpretation (Cambridge 2012), see:
Classical Literature: a Concise History (Blackwell 2004) You can see the cover of this book and read some sections by going to http://www.amazon.co.uk/Classical-Literature-Concise-Blackwell-Introductions/dp/0631231331
Homer (Greece and Rome New surveys in the Classics 26, 1996; revised version in preparation). You can see the cover of this book and read some sections by going to
The Art of Plato (Duckworth, London 1995)
Homer, Odyssey 19 and 20, with introduction and commentary (Cambridge 1992)
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius: a Study (Oxford 1989)
Articles in journals and collected volumes, on a variety of authors including Homer, Thucydides, Virgil, Horace, Tacitus.
Numerous reviews in periodicals. For an example online, see my review of A.J.Woodman’s recent translation of Tacitus’ Annals in Bryn Mawr Classical Review, at http://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2005/2005-07-15.html
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