McConnell Laing Tutorial Fellow in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature; Associate Professor of Classics; Dean of the College 2013-17; University Assessor 2018-19
William Allan

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 archaic and classical Greek literature, especially tragedy and epic.

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)

And many articles and chapters on early Greek literature.

My current projects include a commentary on selected fragments of early Greek iambus and elegy.