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Professor Simon Swain

profile.jpgVice-President (Regional and National Engagement)
Professor of Classics and Greco-Arabic

Tel: 28493

Email: S dot C dot R dot Swain at warwick dot ac dot uk

Room no.: Executive Office, University House, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Simon Swain combines his position as Vice-President (Engagement) at Warwick with the role of Vice-President (Research and Higher Education Policy) at the British Academy, the UK's national body for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences.

He took his first degree at Pembroke College, Oxford in 1980-84. His doctorate on ‘Plutarch and Rome’ was awarded 1987 at Wolfson College, Oxford. He had a postdoctoral fellowship at All Souls College and came to Warwick in 1995.

Research interests

Simon works on the reception and development of Greek thought in the Islamic Middle Ages, and the social and cultural history of the Greek East in the Roman period and after. He has had extensive external funding from AHRC, Leverhulme, Wellcome, and the EU for projects on the reception and development in late antiquity and the Islamic period of ancient Greek science and pseudo-science (medicine, physiognomy), economic, and political thought. He currently holds a Wellcome Trust Collaborative Investigator Award. For further details see Research tab.

Teaching and supervision

Simon currently holds a senior administrative position in the University and is available only for postgraduate supervision. He is very happy to consider supervising at MA and PhD level in the areas of the Greek world in the Roman period, late antiquity, and Greco-Arabic.

Administrative roles

Simon was Head of Department in Classics from 2000-2007 and 2010-2011, Chair of the Arts Faculty 2011-2014, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) 2014-2019.

Selected publications

Professional associations

  • Roman Society


  • MA, D.Phil. (Oxon)

Office hours

by appointment