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Timothy Duff


Director of Postgraduate Research

Areas of interest

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

Postgraduate supervision

Professor Duff would be delighted to supervise research students in any of his areas of interest. 

Academic qualifications

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

Selected publications

Professor Duff's publications include Plutarch's Lives: exploring virtue and vice (Oxford University Press, 1999; Chinese translation 2017), 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.

For a full list of Professor Duff's publications and downloads, see his page on

Fellowships and awards

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.


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