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Professor Robert L Fowler FBAMA(Tor), DPhil(Oxon)

Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek

Robert Fowler

Professor Robert L Fowler FBAMA(Tor), DPhil(Oxon)

Henry Overton Wills Professor of Greek

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Research interests

Prof Fowler’s research interests lie in the area of early Greek language and literature, as well as Greek myth and religion. He has also done work on the history of classical scholarship. His major focus in recent years has been on early historiography and mythography, editing and commenting on the fragments of the early “mythographers” (e.g. Hecataeus, Pherecydes, and other lost predecessors and contemporaries of the “historians” Herodotus and Thucydides), and writing articles on Herodotus and his intellectual milieu. He has published articles also on Homer, Greek lyric poetry, and reception. He is starting a new project on the poetics, aesthetics, and reception of Pindar, with particular focus on the notion of the sublime.

His teaching reflects these interests. In the unit "Myth and History in 5th-century Athens," for instance, the meaning of "myth" vs. "history" is explored through close study of key texts such as Aeschylus' Persians, Herodotus' Histories, Pericles Funeral Oration, and Euripides' Children of Herakles, and monuments such as the Parthenon. He is also Programme Director for the University's new Liberal Arts degree, in which he has taught the core unit 'Critical Writing in the Humanities'.  

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