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Robin Osborne

Born March 11, 1957 (1957-03-11) (age 52)
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Ancient history
Alma mater King's College, Cambridge

Robin Osborne (born March 11, 1957) is an English historian of classical antiquity, who is particularly interested in Ancient Greece. He grew up in Little Bromley, attending Little Bromley County Primary School and then Colchester Royal Grammar School. He was an undergraduate at King's College, Cambridge, where he also took a PhD degree.

Between 1982 - 1986 Osborne was a Junior Unofficial Fellow at King's College, Cambridge. In 1986 he moved to Oxford University, initially as a three year fixed term Fellow at Magdalen College, Oxford before in 1989 being appointed a University Lecturer in Ancient History and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College.

In 2001 Osborne returned to Cambridge to take up the position of Professor of Ancient History and was appointed a Fellow of King's College. He was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2006.

He was President of the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies, 2002–2006. Osborne serves as the executive editor for World Archaeology, an academic journal published by Routledge, and is a member of the editorial boards of several other renowned journals including the Journal of Hellenic Studies, the Journal of Mediterranean Archaeology and the American Journal of Archaeology.

Osborne is the author of standard monographs on archaic Greek history (Greece in the Making 1200–479 BC) and on Greek art (Archaic and Classical Greek Art).

Bibliography of works

  • Osborne, Robin; Alcock, Susan E. (1994). Placing the gods: sanctuaries and sacred space in ancient Greece. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0198150601.  
  • Osborne, Robin (1996). Greece in the making, 1200-479 BC. New York: Routledge. ISBN 041503583X.  
  • Osborne, Robin (1998). Archaic and classical Greek art. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0192842021.  
  • Osborne, Robin; Goldhill, Simon (1999). Performance culture and Athenian democracy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521642477.  
  • Osborne, Robin; Rhodes, P. J. (2003). Greek historical inscriptions: 404-323 BC. Oxford [Oxfordshire]: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198153139.  
  • Osborne, Robin (2007). Debating the Athenian cultural revolution. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521879163.  


Academic offices
Preceded by
Keith Hopkins
Professor of Ancient History, Cambridge University
2001 -
Succeeded by


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