P. E. Easterling

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P. E. Easterling
Born (1934-03-11) 11 March 1934 (age 83)
Blackburn, Lancashire, England
Institutions University of Manchester
University College London
University of Cambridge
Alma mater Newnham College, Cambridge

Patricia Elizabeth Easterling, FBA (née Fairfax; born 11 March 1934) is an English classical scholar, recognised as a particular expert on the work of Sophocles. She was Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge from 1994 to 2001. She was the 36th person and the first woman to hold the prestigious post.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Blackburn, Easterling attended Witton Park High School before graduating with first class honours and distinction in Classics at Newnham College, Cambridge in 1955. After an initial spell lecturing at the University of Manchester (1957–58), Easterling taught within the Cambridge Classics Faculty as a Fellow of Newnham College until 1987 when she took up the position of Professor of Greek at University College London.

In 1994 she returned to Cambridge and Newnham as the 36th Regius Professor of Greek, the first (and so far only) woman to hold that post since its endowment by Henry VIII. On retirement in 2001 she became an Honorary Fellow of Newnham College.

In 1998 she was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.

On January 22, 2000 Easterling received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Languages at Uppsala University, Sweden[1]

Academic interests[edit]

Easterling works mainly on Greek literature, particularly tragedy; she also studies the survival and reception of ancient drama.

She has been a General Editor of the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics series since its foundation over thirty years ago, and has published an edition within this series of Sophocles’ Trachiniae (1982).

Her most recent book is Greek and Roman Actors (Cambridge 2002), co-edited with Edith Hall. She is currently writing a commentary on Sophocles' Oedipus at Colonus.




  • Constructing the Heroic in Christopher Pelling, Greek Tragedy and the Historian, Oxford, 1997: 21-37
  • The Infanticide in Euripides' Medea, Yale Classical Studies 25 (1977): 177-191


  1. ^ "Honorary doctorates - Uppsala University, Sweden". Uu.se. Retrieved 2017-03-02. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
E. W. Handley
Professor of Greek, University College, London
1987 - 1994
Succeeded by
Richard Janko
Preceded by
E. W. Handley
Regius Professor of Greek Cambridge University
1994 - 2001
Succeeded by
Richard Hunter