William Allan

William Allan

McConnell Laing Tutorial Fellow in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature; Professor of Greek

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Born and raised in Fife, Scotland, I studied Classics at Edinburgh University and taught at Harvard University before coming to Univ.


I teach all options in Greek and Latin languages and literature.


I’m particularly interested in the literature and intellectual history of archaic and classical Greece.

Selected Publications

The Andromache and Euripidean Tragedy (Oxford University Press, 2000)
Euripides: The Children of Heracles (Aris and Phillips, 2001)
Euripides: Medea (Duckworth, 2002)
Euripides: Helen (Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Homer: The Iliad (Bloomsbury Academic, 2012)
Classical Literature: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 2014)
Homer: The Odyssey (Introduction and Notes, Oxford World’s Classics, 2016)
Moralizing Strategies in Early Greek Poetry (Co-Editor, Mouseion LIX, University of Toronto Press, 2018)
Greek Elegy and Iambus: A Selection (Cambridge University Press, 2019)

And many articles and chapters on early Greek literature.

My current projects include a commentary on Euripides’ Bacchae.

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