Richard Murray Charles Janko




Office Address:

Department of Classical Studies
2160 Angell Hall
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1003
tel. (734) 764 0360 (office)


30 May 1955, Weston Underwood, Buckinghamshire, England (U.S. citizen)


Trinity College, Cambridge: M.A., Ph.D., 1980;
B.A. in Classics (First Class), 1976


‘Studies in the language of the Homeric Hymns and the
dating of early Greek epic poetry’: supervisor, Dr J. Chadwick

Positions held:

Gerald F. Else Distinguished University Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 2011-
Gerald F. Else Collegiate Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan, 2002-11 (Chair, 2002-2007, Fall 2010)
Professor of Greek in the University of London, University College London, 1995-2002
Professor of Classics, University of California, Los Angeles, 1987-94 (Graduate Adviser, 1989-94)
Assistant Professor of Classics, Columbia University, New York, 1982-5; Associate Professor, 1985-7
Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge, 1979-82
Temporary Lecturer in Greek, University of St Andrews, Scotland, 1978-9

Honours and grants:

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, 2020
Foreign Member, Academy of Athens, Greece, 2017–
Fulbright Scholar, Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki, Greece, Winter 2017
Elizabeth Whitehead Visiting Professor, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 2013–14
Member, American Philosophical Society, 2009–
Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2006–
Grant, Shelby White and Leon Levy Program for Archaeological Publications, 2006 [$5,000]
Goodwin Award for Merit, American Philological Association, 2002
Premio Theodor Mommsen, Italy, 2002
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, Fall 2000
Visiting Professor, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, April 2000
Leverhulme Research Fellowship, 1997-8
Director, Crates Project (British Academy/Humanities Research Board Institutional Research Fellowship Programme), 1996–9
Martin Classical Lecturer, Oberlin College, 1993
Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA Students' Union, 1992
Co-Director, Philodemus Translation Project (National Endowment for the Humanities grant, 1992-5, renewed 1995-8: Project Funding from Texts and Translations Division, NEH, $180,000 plus matching funds for period July 1992-June 1995, renewed with equal funding 1995-8)
Fellow, National Humanities Center, Fall 1990
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1986-7
National Endowment for the Humanities Travel to Collections Grant, 1986
Craven Studentship, University of Cambridge, 1976
John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship, 1974
Henry Arthur Thomas Travel Exhibition, 1973
Pemberton Prize (jointly), Trinity College, 1973
Entrance Scholar, Trinity College, 1972

Languages read:

French, German, Italian, Modern Greek, Serbo-Croatian, Russian, Spanish, Romanian; fluent in Modern Greek, French, Italian


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