Professor Richard Hunter (1970), OC of the Year 2017

Professor Richard Hunter (1970) was born and grew up in Australia. After graduating from the University of Sydney, Richard took his PhD at the University of Cambridge. He subsequently became a lecturer at Cambridge and Fellow of Pembroke College from 1977. In 2001 he was appointed as Regius Professor of Greek at Cambridge, one of the oldest professorships at the University of Cambridge founded by Henry VIII.

His principal interests are Greek literature of the post-classical period, the reception of Greek literature in Rome, ancient literary criticism, and the intersection of philosophical and literary traditions in antiquity. He is the author of some twenty monographs, is an Editor of Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics and Cambridge Classical Studies, and has been Editor of the Journal of Hellenic Studies. He has been Head of the School of Arts and Humanities at Cambridge and twice been Chair of the Faculty of Classics.

Richard Hunter is a member of the Academy of Athens, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sydney and has an honorary degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He serves on the advisory board of the periodical Materiali e discussioni per l'analisi dei testi classici, an Italian periodical within the realm of classical philology founded in 1978. Since 2013 he is president of the council of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2013 Richard Hunter was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.