Professor Gregory Hutchinson

Academic Background

I was born in 1957, in Hackney, London. I went to the City of London School (with an Inner London Education Authority free place). I went to Balliol College, Oxford, as an undergraduate and graduate, then to Christ Church, Oxford, as a Research Lecturer. In 1984 I became Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Exeter College, Oxford, and in 1998 Professor of Greek and Latin Languages and Literature. In 2015, I was appointed to the Regius Chair of Greek, and so returned to Christ Church, having really seen the world.

Research Interests

I flit about between Greek and Latin, poetry and prose, and between commentaries and other sorts of book, some of which experiment with the possibilities of the commentary format and approach. I like to combine detailed textual work with larger literary argument, and to explore the relation of literature to history, archaeology, and other areas. I’ve written commentaries on Aeschylus, Propertius, Greek lyric poetry, and books on poetry in the third century BC and Latin literature in the ‘long’ 1st century AD, on Cicero’s letters, on Greek prose-rhythm, on poetry-books, on the Latin use of Greek literature; I’m finishing a book on motion in classical literature.

Research Keywords

Homer, Greek and Latin lyric, Greek tragedy, Hellenistic poetry, Cicero, Latin elegy, ‘Silver’ Latin, Imperial Greek prose, epistolography, prose-rhythm, ancient poetry-books, interaction of Greek and Latin literature, textual criticism, papyri, cognitive approaches to literature and linguistics.


Full Publications: Professor G.O. Hutchinson publications Apr 2019

Selected Publications:

  • Space and Text Worlds in Apollonius

  • Motion in Classical Literature

  • Anacreon on stage? A note on P. Oxy. LXXXIV 5410

  • Gedichte auf Stein und Papyrus lesen: Zwei Arten der Lektüreerfahrung

  • On not being beautiful

  • Plutarch's Rhythmic Prose

  • 'Modernism', 'postmodernism', and the death of the stanza

  • Motion in Grattius

  • What is a setting?

  • On not being beautiful

  • Repetition, range, and attention--the Iliad

  • Some new and old light on the reasons for Ovid's exile

  • Muße ohne Müßiggang: Strukturen, Räume und das Ich bei Cicero

  • Pentameters

  • Hierarchy and symposiastic poetry, Greek and Latin

  • More

I’ve had the privilege of supervising numerous graduate students on a range of subjects; a good few have turned their theses into important books (so W. Allan, The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy (2000), P. Finglass, Sophocles, Electra (2007), R. Parkes, Statius, Thebaid 4 (2012), H. Spelman, Pindar and the Poetics of Permanence (2018)). Recurring areas have included Hellenistic poetry and Cicero; present subjects include fragments of Hellenistic rhetoric, Greco-Roman ‘publication’, and alchemical literature.