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 a member of the international group on Postclassicisms and is also the co-author of a book by that name.

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.
  • 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.