Professor Armand D'Angour

Academic Background

I pursued careers as a cellist and businessman before becoming a Tutor in Classics at Jesus College in 2000. In addition to my monograph The Greeks and the New (CUP 2011), I am the author of articles and chapters on the language, literature, psychology and culture of ancient Greece. In 2013-14 I was awarded a British Academy Fellowship to undertake research into ancient Greek music, and in 2017 was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s Prize for Public Engagement with Research. I have since co-edited with Tom Phillips Music, Text, and Culture in Ancient Greece (OUP 2018), and in addition to numerous broadcasts on radio and television, a short film on Youtube ( has reached over 650,000 views since its publication in December 2017. My book Socrates in Love: The Making of a Philosopher was published in April 2019, and How to Innovate: An Ancient Guide to Creating Change is due from Princeton University Press in 2021. More details of my work are available on my website

Research Keywords

Ancient Greek literature, Ancient Greek music,  Greek and Latin metre.


I am happy to supervise on a wide range of areas involving Greek culture and literature. I have supervised numerous doctoral researchers whose DPhil theses eventually resulted in publications, among which are the following:

Dr Lauren Apfel: The Advent of Pluralism: Diversity and Conflict in the Age of Sophocles (OUP 2011).

Dr Dimitrios Kanellakis: Aristophanes and the Poetics of Surprise (de Gruyter 2020).

Dr Spencer Klavan: Melody and meaning: the semiotics of ancient Greek music in the late classical and early Hellenistic eras. (DPhil Diss, Oxford 2019).

Dr Tom Phillips: Pindar's Library: Performance Poetry and Material Texts (OUP 2016).

Dr Laura Swift: The Hidden Chorus: Echoes of Genre in Tragic Lyric (OUP 2010).

Dr Oliver Thomas: Commentary on The Homeric Hymn To Hermes (CUP 2020).








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