Simon David Goldhill (born 17 March 1957) is Professor in Greek Literature and Culture and fellow and Director of Studies in Classics at King's College, Cambridge. He is also Director of Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CRASSH) at the University of Cambridge, succeeding Mary Jacobus in October 2011. He is best known for his work on Greek Tragedy.
In 2009 he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2010 he was appointed as the John Harvard Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at Cambridge, a research position held concurrently with his chair in Greek.
In 2016 he became a fellow of the British Academy. He is a member of the Council of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Board of the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes, and is President of the European Institutes for Advanced Study (NetIAS).
Goldhill is a well-known lecturer and broadcaster, who has appeared on television and radio in England, Australia, USA and Canada. His books have been translated into ten languages, and he has been profiled by newspapers in Brazil, Australia and the Netherlands.
Goldhill's research interests include Greek Tragedy, Greek Culture, Literary Theory, Later Greek Literature, and Reception. His latest books include Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity: Art, Opera, Fiction and the Proclamation of Modernity (2011), based on his Martin Lectures at Oberlin College in 2010, and Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy (2012), based on his Onassis Lectures, delivered across America in 2011.
His books have won international prizes in three different subject areas. Victorian Culture and Classical Antiquity won the 2012 Robert Lowry Patten Award for "the best recent study in nineteenth-century British literary studies or the best recent study in British literary studies of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century" published between 2010 and 2012. Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy won the 2013 Runciman Award for the best book on a Greek topic, ancient or modern. Jerusalem, City of Longing won the Independent Publishers Gold medal for History in 2010.
Goldhill is the Principal Investigator for a project on The Bible and Antiquity in 19th-Century Culture, funded by the European Research Council and based at Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities at the University of Cambridge, in collaboration with the Cambridge Classics Faculty. The team consists of six postdoctoral fellows and the following directors of the project:
- Professor Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek, Director of CRASSH (PI)
- Professor James Secord, Professor of History of Science, Director Darwin Project
- Professor Janet Soskice, Faculty of Divinity
- Mr Scott Mandelbrote, Faculty of History
- Dr Michael Ledger-Lomas, Faculty of History
- Dr Jeremy Morris, King's College, Cambridge.
- Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy, Oxford University Press, 2012, ISBN 978-0-199-79627-4
- Freud's Couch, Scott's Buttocks, Brontë's Grave, University of Chicago Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-226-30131-0
- The End of Dialogue in Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-521-88774-8 (editor)
- Jerusalem: City of Longing, Harvard University Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-674-02866-1
- How to Stage Greek Tragedy Today, University of Chicago Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-226-30128-0
- Being Greek Under Rome: Cultural Identity, the Second Sophistic and the Development of Empire, Cambridge University Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-521-03087-8 (editor)
- Rethinking Revolutions through Ancient Greece, Cambridge University Press, 2006, ISBN 978-0-521-86212-7 (co-editor with Robin Osborne)
- The Temple of Jerusalem, Harvard University Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-674-06189-7
- Love, Sex and Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives, University of Chicago Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-226-30117-4 Excerpt
- The Invention of Prose, Oxford University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-198-52523-3
- Who Needs Greek?: Contests in the Cultural History of Hellenism, Cambridge University Press, 2002, ISBN 978-0-521-81228-3
- Performance Culture and Athenian Democracy, Cambridge University Press, 1999, ISBN 978-0-521-64247-7 (co-editor with Robin Osborne)
- Foucault's Virginity: Ancient Erotic Fiction and the History of Sexuality, Cambridge University Press, 1995, ISBN 978-0-521-47372-9
- Art and Text in Greek Culture, Cambridge University Press, 1994, ISBN 978-0-521-41185-1 (co-editor with Robin Osborne)
- The Poet's Voice: Essays on Poetics and Greek Literature, Cambridge University Press, 1991, ISBN 978-0-521-39062-0
- Reading Greek Tragedy, Cambridge University Press, 1986, ISBN 978-0-521-31579-1
- Language, Sexuality, Narrative: The Oresteia, Cambridge University Press, 1985, ISBN 978-0-521-26535-5
- American Academy of Arts and Sciences honours Simon Goldhill, 22 April 2009
- Rice University, Robert Lowry Patten Award
- “The Perfect Body”, an excerpt from Love, Sex & Tragedy: How the Ancient World Shapes Our Lives.
- Professor Simon Goldhill, Cambridge
- The Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr. Memorial Lecture in the Humanities (The Sigmund H. Danziger, Jr. Memorial Lecture in the Humanities 2000-2001)