Peter J. Parsons

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Peter John Parsons , usually abbreviated: Peter J. Parsons FBA (born September 24, 1936 in Surbiton ) is a British Graecist and papyrologist and emeritus Professor of Greek at Oxford University .

Parsons studied Classical Philology at Christ Church , Oxford , and later held the position of University Lecturer in Papyrology there. He was also the editor and director of Oxyrhynchus Papyri , a long-term research project of the British Academy, for decades . In succession to Hugh Lloyd-Jones , he was Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University from 1989 to 2003. For 2019, Parsons was awarded the British Academy's Kenyon Medal for Classical Studies .

Parsons has published numerous papyrus editions as well as articles and mishaps on individual papyri, documentary as well as literary, in particular, but by no means exclusively, on those from Oxyrhynchus . His contributions to the edition and commentary on the Aitia of Callimachus and the Platean elegies of Simonides are particularly noteworthy . Together with Hugh Lloyd-Jones, in the Supplementum Hellenisticum , a standard work, he has collected and edited the fragments of Hellenistic poetry that have largely survived on papyri. He was unable to participate in updating the work in the Supplementum Supplementi Hellenistici because it was otherwise bound, so that it was published by Lloyd-Jones alone. He has made a popular scientific sum of his knowledge accessible in his book on the city of Oxyrhynchos (Greek: city ​​of the sharp-nosed fish ).

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  • Culture in Pieces. Essays on Ancient Texts in Honor of Peter Parsons. Edited by Dirk Obbink and Richard Rutherford. Oxford University Press, Oxford 2011, ISBN 978-0-19-929201-1 . - (Festschrift)

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  1. ^ Hugh Lloyd-Jones: Supplementum Supplementi Hellenistici. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin / New York, 2005, ISBN 3-11-018537-7 (texts and comments, 26th excerpt from Google Books ).
predecessor Office successor
Hugh Lloyd-Jones Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University
Christopher Pelling