Patricia Elizabeth Easterling

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Patricia Elizabeth Easterling , née Fairfax (born March 11, 1934 in Blackburn ) is a British Graecist .

life and work

After visiting the Witton Park High School in Blackburn Easterling Classics on studying Newnham College of Cambridge University , among others at Joyce Reynolds and acquired in 1955 a BA with first class honors and distinction. After a year as a lecturer at the University of Manchester (1957–1958), she moved to Cambridge as a Fellow of Newnham College and a member of the Classics Faculty. In 1987 she became Professor of Greek at University College London .

In 1994 she returned to Cambridge and Newnham College as the 36th Regius Professor of Greek . This made her the first and so far only woman to hold this chair since it was founded by Henry VIII . In 1995 she was elected a member of the Academia Europaea . In 1998 she became a member of the British Academy . After her retirement in 2001, she was made an Honorary Fellow of Newnham College.

Easterling has co- edited the Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics with Edward J. Kenney for over thirty years .

One student from her time at Newnham College is Mary Beard .

Research priorities

Easterling works mainly on Greek tragedy and its history of reception and on Greek theater . She is one of the leading interpreters of the tragedy poet Sophocles . She is currently working on a commentary on Oedipus on Colonus .

Fonts (selection)


  • (Ed., With Edith Hall ): Greek and Roman actors. Aspects of an ancient profession. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 2002, (online) . - Review by: Anne Duncan, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003-09-36 .
  • (Ed.): The Cambridge companion to Greek tragedy. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1997, (online) . - Review by: Victor Bers, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 06/02/1999 .
  • (Ed., With EJ Kenney): The Cambridge history of classical literature, Vol. I: Greek literature . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1985, (online) .
  • (Ed., With JV Muir): Greek Religion and Society. 1985, (online) .

Edition with commentary

  • (Ed.): Sophocles, Trachiniae . Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1982 ( Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics ).


  • Constructing the Heroic. In: Christopher Pelling (Ed.), Greek Tragedy and the Historian. Clarendon Press, Oxford 1997, pp. 21-37.
  • Tragedy and ritual. "Cry 'Woe, woe' but may the good prevail!" In: Mètis. Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens  3, 1988, pp. 87-109, (online) .
  • The end of the Trachiniae. In: Illinois Classical Studies 6, 1981, 56-74.
  • The Infanticide in Euripides' Medea. In: Yale Classical Studies 25, 1977, 177–191.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Membership directory: Patricia Easterling. Academia Europaea, accessed November 4, 2017 .