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Simon Goldhill

Simon Goldhill (born 1957) is Professor in Greek Literature and Culture and fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at King's College, Cambridge. He is also Director of CRASSH, the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge. He is best known for his work on Greek tragedy. His research interests include: Greek Tragedy, Greek Culture, Literary Theory, Later Greek Literature, and Reception. His latest books include "Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction and the Proclamation of Modernity" (Princeton, 2011), which are based on the Martin Lectures at Oberlin in 2010 and "Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy" (Oxford 2012) which is based on the Onassis Lectures delivered across America in 2011. He has written international prize winning books in three different subject areas: "Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity" won the 2012 Robert Lowry Patten Award for the best book on Victorian literature 2010-12 from the Society of English Literature; "Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy" won the Runciman Award for 2013 for the best book on a Greek topic, ancient or modern; and "Jerusalem, City of Longing" won the Independent Publishers Gold medal for History in 2010.

In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[1] In 2010 he was appointed as the John Harvard Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge, a research position held concurrently with his chair in Greek. Simon Goldhill is a well-known lecturer and broadcaster, who has appeared on T.V. and radio in England, Australia, USA and Canada. His books have been translated into ten languages, and he has been profiled by newspapers in Brazil, Australia and the Netherlands.

The Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture

Simon Goldhill is the Principal Investigator for a new project on The Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture which is funded by the European Research Council and based at CRASSH (The Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities) in collaboration with the Classics Faculty at the University of Cambridge. The team will consist of six postdoctoral fellows and the directors of the project who are:

  • Professor Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek, Director of CRASSH (PI)
  • Professor James Secord, Professor of History of Science, Director Darwin Project
  • Professor Janet Soskice, Faculty of Divinity
  • Mr Scott Mandelbrote, Faculty of History
  • Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas, Faculty of History
  • Dr Jeremy Morris, King's College, Cambridge.


In October 2011, Simon Goldhill succeeded Mary Jacobus as Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (CRASSH) in Cambridge.

Established in 2001, CRASSH now has 32 post-doctoral fellows working on seven major projects, along with visiting fellows and visiting professorships. It organizes around 400 research events a year, and leads Cambridge's work in interdisciplinary collaborative research.


  • Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy, Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-199-79627-4
  • Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttocks, Brontë's Grave, University of Chicago Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-226-30131-0
  • The End of Dialogue in Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-521-88774-8 (editor)
  • Jerusalem: City of Longing, Harvard University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-674-02866-1
  • How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today, University of Chicago Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-226-30128-0
  • Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-521-03087-8 (editor)
  • Rethinking Revolutions through Ancient Greece, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-521-86212-7 (co-editor with Robin Osborne)
  • The Temple of Jerusalem, Harvard University Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-674-06189-7
  • Love, Sex and Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives, University of Chicago Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-226-30117-4 Excerpt
  • The Invention of Prose, Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-198-52523-3
  • Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism, Cambridge University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-521-81228-3
  • Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy, Cambridge University Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-521-64247-7 (co-editor with Robin Osborne)
  • Foucault's Virginity: Ancient Erotic Fiction and the History of Sexuality, Cambridge University Press, 1995, ISBN 978-0-521-47372-9
  • Art and Text in Greek Culture, Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-521-41185-1 (co-editor with Robin Osborne)
  • The Poet's Voice: Essays on Poetics and Greek Literature, Cambridge University Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0-521-39062-0
  • Reading Greek Tragedy, Cambridge University Press, 1986, ISBN 978-0-521-31579-1
  • Language, Sexuality, Narrative: The Oresteia, Cambridge University Press, 1985, ISBN 978-0-521-26535-5


  1. ^ American Academy of Arts and Sciences honours Simon Goldhill, 22 April 2009

External links

  • “The Perfect Body”, an excerpt from Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives.
  • Professor Simon Goldhill, Cambridge
  • The Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr. Memorial Lecture in the Humanities (The Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr. Memorial Lecture in the Humanities 2000-2001)
  • Cambridge Defend Education, the Cambridge Defend Education group, which Goldhill has condemned.
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