Staff Profile:Professor Timothy Duff

Professor Timothy Duff
Job Title:
Professor of Greek
  • Director of Postgraduate Research


MA, PhD (University of Cambridge, Christ's College), FRHistS

Since joining the department at Reading, Professor Duff has held visiting professorships and research fellowships at Shanghai University (2016), Princeton University's Seeger Center for Hellenic Studies (2016), the Freie Universität Berlin (2007-9, awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation), the Australian National University (2006), Wolfson College, Cambridge (2005), Harvard University's Center for Hellenic Studies (2004), and the University of Cincinnati (2002). He has also taught at the British School at Athens (2002). In 1999-2000 he held a UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Research Leave award, also at the British School at Athens.

He is a Senior Member of Wolfson College, Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

In addition to his role in the Department of Classics, he is also the Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies and Coordinator of Modern Greek in the Department of Languages and Cultures.

Areas of Interest:

Professor Duff's research interests are in Greek history, Greek and Roman historiography and biography, and the Greek literature of the Roman Imperial Period, especially Plutarch.

Research groups / Centres:

Professor Duff is a member of the Language, Text and Power research group, and Director of the Cluster for Hellenic Studies.

Supervision of research students:

Professor Duff would be delighted to supervise research students in any of his areas of interest. He currently supervises Elisabeth Meijer on the role of ritualised religious ceremonies in Macedonia under Philip II and Alexander III, and Una Markham on Plutarch's construction of Boiotia. He recently supervised Lucy Fletcher in her successful AHRC-funded project on narrative in Plutarch's Lives, and Caitlin Prouatt on Plutarch's Delphic Dialogues.

Professor Duff's publications include Plutarch's Lives: exploring virtue and vice (Oxford University Press: 1999), The Greek and Roman Historians (Duckworth/Bristol Classical Press: 2003), and Plutarch: the Age of Alexander (Penguin: 2012), as well as numerous papers on Plutarch.

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  • Duff, T. (2015) Aspect and subordination in Plutarchan narrative. In: Ash, R., Mossman, J. and Titchener, F. B. (eds.) Fame and Infamy: essays for Christopher Pelling on characterization in Greek and Roman biography and historiography. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 129-148. ISBN 9780199662326


  • Duff, T. E. (2014) The prologues. In: Beck, M. (ed.) A Companion to Plutarch. Wiley Blackell, Chichester, pp. 333-349. ISBN 9781405194310








  • Duff, T. E. (2005) Education in Plutarch's Themistocles. In: Jufresa, M., Mestre, F., Gomez, P. and Gilabert, P. (eds.) Plutarc a la seva epoca: paideia i societa: actas del VIII Simposio Español sobre Plutarco (Barcelona, 6-8 de noviembre de 2003). Sociedad Española de Plutarquistas, Barcelona, pp. 553-560. ISBN 9788460802686
  • Duff, T. E. (2005) The first five anecdotes of Plutarch's Life of Alkibiades. In: De Blois, L., Bons, J., Kessels, T. and Schenkeveld, D. M. (eds.) The statesman in Plutarch's Greek and Roman Lives. Mnemosyne supplement 250, 2. Brill, Leiden, pp. 157-166. ISBN 9789004138735







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