Jasper Griffin

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Jasper Griffin, FBA (born 29 May 1937) is a British classicist and academic. He was Public Orator and Professor of Classical Literature in the University of Oxford from 1992 until 2004.

Early life[edit]

Griffin was born on 29 May 1937. He was educated on a scholarship at Christ's Hospital, an independent school in Horsham, West Sussex.[1] He read Classical Moderations and Greats at Balliol College, Oxford between 1956 and 1960. He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts degree. He was Jackson Fellow at Harvard University from 1960 to 1961 where he undertook research in early Latin poets.[1]

Academic career[edit]

On his return to the University of Oxford, he became Dyson Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College (1961-63), Tutorial Fellow in Classics (1963-2004), and Senior Fellow (2000-04). He is the originator of the word "agostic" used by the organometallic chemist Malcolm Green to describe C-H-M interactions.

Personal life[edit]

His wife of more than fifty years, Dr Miriam T. Griffin (née Dressler), is also a noteworthy classicist, as indicated by Ved Mehta in The New Yorker, November 11, 1991. They have three daughters: Julia, Miranda and Tamara.[citation needed]

Honours[edit]

Griffin was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1986.[2]

Publications[edit]

Author[edit]

  • Homer: the Odyssey (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1987, 2nd edn 2004)
  • Homer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1980, 2nd edn, London: Bristol Classical Press, 2001)
  • Virgil (2nd edn, London: Bristol Classical Press, 2001)
  • The art of snobbery (London: Robinson, 1998)
  • Latin poets and Roman life (London: Duckworth, 1985, 2nd edn, London: Bristol Classical Press, 1994)
  • The mirror of myth: classical themes & variations (London: Faber and Faber, 1986)
  • Homer on life and death (Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1980)
  • Snobs (Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 1982)

Editor[edit]

  • Homer: Iliad, Book nine (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1995)
  • Sophocles revisited: essays presented to Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999)
  • The Oxford history of the classical world (with John Boardman and Oswyn Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1986), subsequently published as The Oxford history of Greece and the Hellenistic world (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, 2nd edn 2001, illustrated edn 2001) and The Oxford history of the Roman world (with John Boardman and Oswyn Murray, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991, 2nd edn 2001, illustrated edn 2001)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Mehta, Ved (11 November 1991). "A LASTING IMPRESSION". Personal History. The New Yorker. Retrieved 18 August 2013. 
  2. ^ British Academy fellowship record.

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