David Whitehead
1975 …2010

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David Whitehead, born in Nottinghamshire in 1949, won scholarships to Nottingham High School and from there to Clare College Cambridge. Upon graduating with first-class honours in Parts I and II of the Classical Tripos he undertook a PhD in Ancient History under the supervision of Moses Finley. He has held, at various times, Research Fellowships at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, and in the USA (School of Historical Studies, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton; [Harvard] Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington DC) and Visiting Fellowships at New College and All Souls Oxford; he has also been a British Academy Research Reader and was the inaugural Co-Director of M.H.Hansen's Copenhagen Polis Centre. After teaching for three years in Cambridge and seventeen at the Victoria University of Manchester (Department of History) he was appointed to the then Chair of Classics at Queen's in 1992. He is a founding editor of Oxford University Press's Clarendon Ancient History Series, Senior Editor (and a Managing Editor) of the electronic Suda-On-Line www.stoa.org/sol, and an Editor of Brill's New Jacoby http://www.brillsnewjacoby.com/.


Research Statement

Professor Whitehead's teaching and research expertise lies in Greek history and Greek prose literature, especially (but not exclusively) those of classical Athens. Areas of special interest likewise span the divide, such as it is, between Ancient History and Classics: political and social history, epigraphy and prosopography, historiography, law and lawcourt oratory, lexicography, military writers.


Professor David Whitehead teaches on the following undergraduate modules:

AHY1001Ancient History 1


Greece and Macedon 404-337 B.C: Liberty Won and Lost
Dissertation 1
Athenian Law and Society 1
Athenian Law and Society 2

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being