Greg Woolf - Biography#

On 1st July 2021 I took up a Chair in Ancient History at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Before taking up this post held a Chair of Classics in London, and a Chair of Ancient History in St Andrews. I remain a Visiting Professor in Archaeology at UCL.

My research concerns the cultural history of the ancient world at the very large scale. I have published on European prehistory, on literacy, on cultural change in the Roman provinces, on library and knowledge cultures, on gender relations and on Roman religion. My latest book was a natural history of ancient urbanism. I am currently revising my Townsend Lectures (originally given at Cornell University) on Roman notions of civilization, and writing a short book on human mobility in antiquity.

Main Employments
  • 2021 - present Ronald J. Mellor Distinguished Professor of Ancient History, UCLA
  • 2015 - 2021 Professor of Classics and Director of the ICS, University of London
  • 1998 - 2014 Professor of Ancient History, University of St. Andrews
  • 1993 - 1998 University Lecturer and Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford
  • 1990 - 1993 Tutorial Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford
  • 1989 - 1990 Research Fellow, Christ’s College, Cambridge

  • 1985 - 1990 PhD in Classics, Trinity College, Cambridge
  • 1981 - 1985 BA in Ancient and Modern History, Christ Church, Oxford
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