Peter Jones (classicist)

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Peter Vaughan Jones MBE (1942–) is a Cambridge graduate with a doctorate on Homer.[1] He is a former senior lecturer in Classics at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and co-founded with Jeannie Cohen the Friends of Classics charity.[2] He used to be a teacher but is now employed as a writer, journalist and broadcaster. He is the brother of the late David E. H. Jones

Spokesman for the national Co-ordinating Committee for Classics, Jones penned the series QED and Eureka for the Daily Telegraph. These pieces were subsequently published as Learn Latin and Learn Ancient Greek by Duckworth, which has also accounted for his Classics in Translation (again from the Daily Telegraph) and Ancient and Modern (from his weekly column in The Spectator). Jones has collaborated for Cambridge on Reading Greek and Reading Latin.

He has published a book called "Vote For Caesar" (2008) about how ancient civilisations have solved the problems of today. Awarded the MBE in 1983, Jones has written numerous tomes and essays on Homer.

In 2017, Jones was notified that Cambridge University Press had received a complaint from an American female graduate student about Reading Latin, a textbook co-authored with Keith Sidwell, on the grounds that its lessons seem to normalize ancient stories of rape and female objectification.

Jones responded by condemning the student in his Spectator column, where he suggested that the ancient Roman tale of Lucretia's decision to commit suicide after being raped demonstrated her "commitment to her 'battlefield'--the sanctity of the Roman family."



  • Jones, Peter (1998). Learn Ancient Greek. London: Duckworth & Co.
  • Jones, Peter (2008). Vote for Caesar : how the Ancient Greeks and Romans solved the problems of today. London: Orion.

Ancient and Modern columns in The Spectator[edit]

  • Jones, Peter (4 January 2014). "Why does the year start in January?". Ancient and Modern. The Spectator. 324 (9671): 12.

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