Department of Greek & Latin


Phiroze Vasunia

Professor of Greek

Phiroze Vasunia

Email: p.vasunia@ucl.ac.uk

Office hours: Tuesdays, 10.30 am to noon, and by appointment

Telephone: 020 7679 4573

Research interests: Imperialism and colonialism, the Classical tradition, cross-cultural interaction in antiquity, the relationship between prose and poetry

Phiroze Vasunia has written on a range of texts and periods, from antiquity to the modern era, and has strong research interests in the study of cross-cultural contact, colonialism, and empire.  He is the co-author of Postclassicisms (2019) and the author of The Gift of the Nile (2001) and The Classics and Colonial India (2013).  He is the editor of several books, including two forthcoming volumes, The Politics of Form in Greek Literature and (with Daniel L. Selden) The Oxford Handbook of the Literatures of the Roman Empire.  He is also the general editor of the book series Ancients and Moderns, published by Bloomsbury.  Work in progress includes a book on postcolonialism and the study of antiquity.

Professor Vasunia teaches in the Department of Greek and Latin and in the Programme in Comparative Literature.  In 2019-20, he is teaching an MA course on literary criticism, and the following undergraduate courses: Interpreting Greek Literature; Epic and Empire; and How to Read Texts.


  • The Oxford Handbook of the Literatures of the Roman Empire (Oxford); ed. with D. L. Selden.  In progress, here.
  • Postclassicisms (Chicago, 2019); co-author
  • The Classics and Colonial India (Oxford, 2013)
  • Classics and National Cultures (Oxford, 2010); ed. with S. A. Stephens
  • India, Greece, and Rome, 1757 to 2007Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies Supplements, 108 (London, 2010); ed. with Edith Hall
  • The Oxford Handbook of Hellenic Studies (Oxford, 2009); ed. with G. Boys-Stones & B. Graziosi
  • Zarathushtra and the Religion of Ancient Iran: The Greek and Latin Sources in Translation (Mumbai, 2007)
  • The Gift of the Nile: Hellenizing Egypt from Aeschylus to Alexander (Berkeley2001)

For a longer list of publications, please see IRIS.