Robin Lane Fox
|Robin Lane Fox|
Robin Lane Fox at Financial Times 125th Anniversary Party, London, in June 2013
|Born||Robin James Lane Fox
5 October 1946
Magdalen College, Oxford
|Known for||Historian of classical antiquity|
Robin James Lane Fox, FRSL (born 5 October 1946) is an English classicist, ancient historian and gardening writer known for his works on Alexander the Great. Lane Fox is an Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford and Reader in Ancient History, University of Oxford. Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College from 1977 to 2014, he serves as Garden Master and as Extraordinary Lecturer in Ancient History for both New and Exeter Colleges. He has also taught Greek and Latin literature and early Islamic history.
His major publications, for which he has won literary prizes including the James Tait Black Award, the Duff Cooper Prize, the W.H. Heinemann Award and the Runciman Award, include studies of Alexander the Great and Ancient Macedon, Late Antiquity, Christianity and Paganism, the Bible and history, and the Greek Dark Ages.
Lane Fox was educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford, of which he was a Fellow 1970–73. Like his fellow historians Paul Cartledge and Alan Cameron, and philosophers Terence Irwin and John McDowell, he was an undergraduate student of G.E.M. de Ste. Croix, whom he succeeded at New College in 1977 after a lectureship and Fellowship at Worcester College, Oxford.
Other important influences on his contributions to the study of ancient history include Louis Robert, Peter Brown, E.R. Dodds, Timothy Barnes, E.J. Bickerman, Martin Litchfield West, Walter Burkert, and his long-standing New College colleague W.G. (George) Forrest.
He was historical advisor to the film director Oliver Stone for the epic Alexander. His appearance as an extra in cavalry manoeuvres, in addition to his work as a historical consultant, was publicised at the time of the film's release.
- Alexander the Great (London: Allen Lane, 1973, and New York: E.P. Dutton, 1974, ISBN 978-99934-40-04-8) (awarded James Tait Black Memorial Prize)
- The Search for Alexander (London: Viking, 1981, ISBN 978-0-7139-1395-8)
- Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine (London: Viking, 1986, ISBN 978-0-670-80848-9; Penguin Books Ltd re-issue, 2006, ISBN 978-0-14-102295-6)
- Better Gardening (London: David R. Godine Publ., 1986, ISBN 978-0-87923-611-3)
- The Unauthorised Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible (1991; new edition, Penguin Books, 2006, ISBN 978-0-14-102296-3)
- The Making of "Alexander": The Official Guide to the Epic Alexander Film (London: R & L (Lane Fox), 2004, ISBN 978-0-9511392-1-9)
- The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian (London: Allen Lane, 2005, ISBN 978-0-7139-9853-5)
- Page, Russell, The Education of a Gardener (New York Review of Books reprint, 2007), preface by Robin Lane Fox
- Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer (London: Allen Lane, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7139-9980-8)
- Robin Lane Fox profile at Debrett's People of Today
- Review of Lane Fox in The Independent
- Lane Fox profile at the Tait Black website
- Lane Fox profile at the Duff Cooper Prize website
- "Lane Fox profile". Folio Society. Retrieved 1 December 2012.
- Profile of Lane Fox at the Runciman Award winners webpage of the Anglo-Hellenic League
- Robin Lane Fox, Pagani e cristiani, a detailed review in Italian of Robin Lane Fox's Pagans and christians.
- Ste Croix, The Origins of the Peloponnesian War, xii
- Review of Lane Fox's Traveling Heroes in The Independent
- Pagans and Christians, p. 10
- Pagans and Christians, p. 8
- The Unauthorized Version, p. 9
- Travelling Heroes, xiii
- Travelling Heroes, p. xiv
- "Into Battle With Alexander", The Times, 4 May 2004.
- "Why the lowly shepherd is the one who gets to hear the angels", 20 December 2011, The Telegraph
- Profile in The Spectator
- Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes, BBC Four, BBC, UK.
- "Gnomes spark row over fairies at Chelsea", The Independent
- Henry Lane Fox profile in The Telegraph