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Role: Stipendiary Lecturer in Classics

Dr Guy Westwood


I did my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Oxford, and held lectureships during that period at Jesus College (2010) and at Magdalen College (2012-13); I then taught Greek literature and language at Merton College as the Leventis Research Fellow in Ancient Greek (2013-17). After a year at the University of Birmingham as Teaching Fellow in Greek History and Language (2017-18), I returned to Oxford as a Departmental Lecturer in the Classics Faculty, in association first with St Hugh’s College (2018-19) and then with LMH, where I acted as the organizing tutor for Classics and its joint schools for two years (covering Dr Amin Benaissa’s leave) before beginning my current role in autumn 2021.

Research interests

My research focuses on Greek and Roman rhetorical prose literature, especially the surviving political oratory of democratic Athens. My first book, The Rhetoric of the Past in Demosthenes and Aeschines: Oratory, History, and Politics in Classical Athens (OUP, 2020) looks at how the two prominent fourth-century Athenian politicians in the title deployed examples from, and ideas about, Athens’s past to persuade mass citizen audiences in the city’s lawcourts and political Assembly.

I am also very interested in genres with which oratory has close relationships, especially comedy and historiography: my next book project examines the ways that classical Athenian comedy and oratory interacted. Virtually any developments in the study of fifth- and especially fourth-century Greece tend to interest me, though, and I enjoy trying to keep abreast when I can (and for teaching purposes) of developments in research (including archaeological research) on mainland Greek states beyond Athens.


Since 2010, I have taught widely in Greek literature, language, and history, both in Oxford and in Birmingham. In some of the posts I have held, I have also taught Latin language and late republican literature and history, and my main remit in my current role at LMH is the delivery of the bulk of the college’s Latin literature and language teaching. I also continue to teach (when able to, or by request/exchange) some Greek literature and language and a particular cluster of Greek history papers close to my research interests. I particularly enjoy teaching papers which combine the study of literature and history, as my research does - and that means, above all, the Greek special subjects (Aristophanes' Political Comedy and Thucydides and the West) in Classics Mods and CAAH Prelims. I also teach and supervise postgraduate students on the MSt and MPhil courses.

Selected publications

(2020) The Rhetoric of the Past in Demosthenes and Aeschines: Oratory, History, and Politics in Classical Athens (Oxford: OUP)

(2019) ‘Aristotle’s Demosthenes, the Killing of Nicanor, and the Composition of the Rhetoric’, Classical Philology 114.4.

(2018) ‘Views on the Past’, in G. Martin (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Demosthenes, Oxford: 179-90.

(2018) ‘Philocrates and the Orgas’, Hermes 146: 349-57.

(2017) ‘Demosthenes and the Islands: On Organization 34’, Mnemosyne 70: 501-11.

(2017) ‘The Orator and the Ghosts: Performing the Past in Fourth-Century Athens’, in S. Papaioannou, A. Serafim, and B. da Vela (eds.), The Theatre of Justice: Aspects of Performance in Greco-Roman Oratory and Rhetoric, Leiden: 57-74.

(2017) ‘Livia’s Shadow: A Subtext in Tacitus, Annals 1.10.5?’, Eranos 108 (2014/15): 53-61.

(2017) ‘Plutarch’s Aesion: A Note on Plutarch, Demosthenes 11.4’, Mnemosyne 70: 316-24.

(2016) ‘Nostalgia, Politics, and Persuasion in Demosthenes’ Letters’, in E. Sanders and M. Johncock (eds.), Emotion and Persuasion in Classical Antiquity, Stuttgart: 75-90.