Department of Greek & Latin


Phiroze Vasunia

Professor of Greek

Phiroze Vasunia

Email: p.vasunia@ucl.ac.uk

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.  He has strong research interests in the study of cross-cultural contact, colonialism, and empire.  He is the general editor of Ancients and Moderns and the co-editor, with Daniel L. Selden, of a forthcoming volume, The Oxford Handbook of the Literatures of the Roman Empire.  He is also the editor of a forthcoming collection on the politics of form in Greek literature.  Work in progress includes a book on postcolonialism and the study of antiquity and another book on the perceived relationship between prose and poetry.  Professor Vasunia is the convenor of the Network on Ancient and Modern Imperialisms and a member of the international group on Postclassicisms.

Professor Vasunia teaches in the Department of Greek and Latin and in the Programme in Comparative Literature.  In 2018-19, he is teaching an MA course on literary criticism, and the following undergraduate courses: the Literature of Travel; Greek Texts 2 (Longus' Daphnis & Chloe); and Epic and Empire.


  • The Oxford Handbook of the Literatures of the Roman Empire (Oxford); ed. with D. L. Selden.  In progress, here.
  • 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.