Elaine Fantham

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Elaine Fantham
Born May 25, 1933
Nationality United Kingdom
Education University of Oxford
Known for Classics expertise

Elaine Fantham is a British classicist. She was Giger Professor of Latin at Princeton University from 1986 to 1999. She was chair of the Department of Classics at Princeton from 1989 to 1992 and the president of the American Philological Association for 2004.[1]

Fantham is an expert on Latin literature, especially comedy, epic poetry and rhetoric, and Roman religion and the social history of Roman women. She is classics commentator on NPR's Weekend Edition.


Fantham studied classics at Oxford University. She received her doctorate in 1962. For some time, she taught classics at Indiana University. From 1968 to 1986 Fantham was professor of classics at the University of Toronto in Canada. In 1986 she joined the classics department at Princeton University, where she taught until her retirement in 1999.

Fantham is part of the advisory boards of different scientific periodicals, amongst others Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici.


  • On January 5, 2008 Fantham was given the Distinguished Service Award of the American Philological Association.




  • Ovid, Fasti IV (1998)
  • Lucan, De Bello Civili Book II (1992)
  • Seneca, Troades (1982)


  • Erasmus, The Educational and Literary Works (1989).


  1. ^ Program for the 2005 American Philological Association Meeting.