P. J. Rhodes
Peter John Rhodes
10 August 1940
|Title||Professor of Ancient History|
|Education||Queen Elizabeth's School, Barnet|
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
|Thesis||The Athenian boule (1969)|
|Sub-discipline||History of Ancient Greece |
Ancient Greek politics and political institutions
|Institutions||University of Durham|
Peter John Rhodes, (born 10 August 1940), usually cited as P. J. Rhodes, is a British academic and ancient historian. He is Professor Emeritus of Ancient History at the University of Durham. He has specialized in Ancient Greek politics and political institutions.
Rhodes was born on 10 August 1940 to George Thomas Rhodes and Elsie Leonora Rhodes (née Pugh). He was educated at Queen Elizabeth's School, an all-boys grammar school in Barnet, London. He then studied classics at Wadham College, Oxford, and graduated with a double first Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree.
In 1965, Rhodes became a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham, in England. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 1977, and appointed Professor of Ancient History in 1983. He retired in 2005, becoming Professor Emeritus.
Rhodes has held a number of visiting fellowships; Wolfson College, Oxford (1984), University of New England, Australia (1988), Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1993), and All Souls College, Oxford (1998). He served as President of the Classical Association from 2014 to 2015.
His major works include the definitive modern treatment of the Athenian Council (or Boule), the now standard commentary on the constitutional treatise on Athens produced by Aristotle or under his supervision (the Athenaion Politeia), and a general book on Athens' overseas empire.
Rhodes is an active member of the University College Durham Senior Common Room.
In 1987, Rhodes was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the UK's national academy for the humanities and the social sciences. In 2005, he was made a Foreign Member of the Royal Danish Academy. On 18 May 2015, he was awarded the Chancellor's Medal of Durham University in recognition of his "outstanding and continuing contribution to the discipline and the University".
Translated and edited ancient authors