Edith Hall

Edith Hall is Professor of Classics at King’s College London. She has previously held posts at Oxford, Cambridge, Reading and Durham Universities and Royal Holloway University of London, in addition to visiting positions at Swarthmore, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Leiden and Erfurt. She has published twenty-five books on ancient Greek and Roman culture and its influence on modernity, including Inventing the Barbarian (1989), The Return of Ulysses (2008), Greek Tragedy: Suffering under the Sun (2010) and Introducing the Ancient Greeks (2014). She co-founded and remains Consultant Director of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford and is Chairman of the Gilbert Murray Trust.

She acts as consultant to professional theatres including the RSC and National Theatre and contributes regularly to television and radio programmes (for details see her personal website). Advocating Classical Civilisation grew out of Classics and Class in Britain, her previous AHRC-funded research project, with Dr Henry Stead, which investigated the access to ancient Greek and Roman civilisation achieved by non-elite women and men in between the 18th and the 20th centuries, and Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, a 2016 volume she edited with Dr Rosie Wyles.

In 2015 Edith was awarded a Goodwin Award of Merit for her monograph Adventures with Iphigenia in Tauris and the Erasmus Medal of the European Academy in recognition of her contribution to international research. In February 2017 she was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Athens.