Paul Cartledge

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Paul Cartledge
Born Paul Anthony Cartledge
(1947-03-24) 24 March 1947 (age 71)
Nationality British
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Spouse(s) Judith Portrait
Scientific career
Fields Ancient history
Institutions Clare College, Cambridge
Doctoral advisor John Boardman

Paul Anthony Cartledge (born 24 March 1947)[1] is a British ancient historian and academic. From 2008 to 2014 he was the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge.[2][3] He had previously held a personal chair in Greek History at Cambridge.

Early life[edit]

Cartledge was educated at St Paul's School[4] and New College, Oxford, where, with his contemporaries Robin Lane Fox and Terence Irwin, he was a student of G. E. M. de Ste. Croix. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree, later promoted to MA (Oxon) by seniority, in 1969. He remained at the University of Oxford to undertake postgraduate studies, completing a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) under the supervision of Professor Sir John Boardman. His thesis focused on Spartan archaeology.

Academic career[edit]

Cartledge lectured at the New University of Ulster in 1972–73, at Trinity College, Dublin, from 1973 to 1978, and at the University of Warwick in 1978–79.[1] In October 1979 he moved to Cambridge University[5] where he is a fellow of Clare College.[6]

In 2008 Cartledge was elected to the newly established A. G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture at Cambridge University,[2] a position from which he retired at the end of September 2014.[7]

Cartledge holds a visiting Global Distinguished Professorship at New York University, funded by the Greek Parliament,[2] and sits on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press.[8]

Cartledge is also a holder of the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour and an Honorary Citizen of (modern) Sparta.[9]

Field of study[edit]

Cartledge's field of study is Athens and Sparta in the Classical Age; he has been described[citation needed] as a Laconophile.

He was chief historical consultant for the BBC TV series The Greeks and the Channel 4 series The Spartans, presented by Bettany Hughes.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Cartledge is married to Judith Portrait, a solicitor who acts as trustee of part of the Sainsbury family shareholding in Sainsbury's in blind trust.[10]

In August 2014, Cartledge was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[11]



  1. ^ a b "CARTLEDGE, Prof. Paul Anthony", Who's Who 2010, A & C Black, 2010; online edition
  2. ^ a b c University of Cambridge News 7 October 2008
  3. ^ Cambridge University Reporter 11 June 2008
  4. ^ St Paul's School: Classics Department
  5. ^ Sophocles and the Greek Tragic Tradition, Cambridge University Press 2009 ISBN 978-0-521-88785-4 foreword by Paul Cartledge
  6. ^ Cambridge University Classics Faculty website
  7. ^ A. G. Leventis Professorship of Greek Culture Cambridge Classics Faculty News January 2014
  8. ^ Princeton University Press Accessed 17 April 2014 Archived 8 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ Scott, (Doctor), Michael. "Honorary Graduands and Medallists - Summer 2017". U. of Warwick. Retrieved 1 June 2018. 
  10. ^ The Observer 5 September 2004 accessed 9 October 2014
  11. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
None: new position
A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge University
2008 – 2014
Succeeded by
Tim Whitmarsh