Professor Richard Jenkyns
‘Like Alice, walk through the door and explore the garden of Wonderland. For some people it will be the history of the ancient world and the life of its people that is the most attractive thing; for some the study of a civilisation that is the foundation of our own world, yet very unlike it; for some the thought and philosophy; for some the literature; for some the art and architecture; for some the languages themselves. Think of Classics as an opening of possibilities.’
Richard Jenkyns is emeritus Professor of the Classical Tradition and recently retired as Public Orator at the University of Oxford. Professor Jenkyns was an undergraduate at Balliol College, Oxford. He was a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, from 1972 to 1981, Lecturer in Classics, University of Bristol, 1978-81, and from 1981 to 2010 he was a Fellow and Tutor in Classics at Lady Margaret Hall. He became Professor of the Classical Tradition in 1999 and the University’s Public Orator in 2004. He was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship 2007-10. His books include Virgil’s Experience, Dignity and Decadence: Victorian Art and the Classical Inheritance, The Victorians and Ancient Greece, A Fine Brush on Ivory: a history of Westminster Abbey and Classical Literature. His many articles on classical and 19th-century subjects have appeared in The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, The New Yorker, TLS, and The London Review of Books.