Nigel Spivey

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Nigel Spivey
Nigel Spivey on 7 March 2013
Born (1958-10-18) 18 October 1958 (age 65)
OccupationUniversity of Cambridge
Academic background
Alma materEmmanuel College, Cambridge
Academic work
Sub-disciplineEtruscan iconography, polychromy in Greek sculpture

Nigel Jonathan Spivey (born 18 October 1958) is a British classicist and academic, specialising in classical art and archaeology. He is a senior lecturer in classics at the University of Cambridge and a fellow of Emmanuel College. He studied at Cambridge, the British School at Rome, and the University of Pisa.

As an undergraduate, he was a three-time champion (hammer throw) at the Oxford-Cambridge athletics match and he remains an active member of the Achilles Club, an Oxbridge sports organization.


He has presented various television series:

Published works include[edit]

  • Understanding Greek Sculpture (1996)
  • Etruscan Art (1997)
  • Greek Art (1997)
  • Enduring Creation: Art, Pain, and Fortitude (2001)
  • Panorama of the Classical World (With Michael Squire) (2004)
  • The Ancient Olympics: War minus the shooting (2004)
  • Songs On Bronze: The Greek Myths Made Real (2005)
  • Greek Sculpture (2013), an "entire renovation" of Understanding Greek Sculpture.[1]


  1. ^ Spivey, N. (2013), "Preface" in Greek Sculpture, Cambridge University Press, 9780521756983

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