Peter J. Parsons
Peter J. Parsons
|Regius Professor of Greek |
University of Oxford
|Preceded by||Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones|
|Succeeded by||Christopher Pelling|
Peter John Parsons
24 September 1936
|Died||16 November 2022(aged 86)|
(m. 2006; died 2006)
|Awards||Fellow of the British Academy (1977)|
Early life and education
Parsons was born on 24 September 1936 to Robert John Parsons and Ethel Ada (née Frary). He was educated at Raynes Park County Grammar School, an all-boys grammar school in Wimbledon, London. He sat the Oxford entrance examination in December 1953, and his success meant he was the first in his family to attend university.: 2 From 1954 to 1958, he studied classics at Christ Church, Oxford, where his tutors included John Gould, David Malcolm Lewis and J. Gwyn Griffiths.: 2 He graduated with a double first Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in 1958:: 2 as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree in 1961.
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Having completed his undergraduate degree, Parsons was encouraged by E. R. Dodds to undertake research in either papyrology or Greek religion; he chose the former.: 2 Between 1958 and 1960, he maintained Christ Church, Oxford as his base, while also spending time at the University of Michigan learning documentary papyrology under Herbert Youtie.: 2–3 In 1960, he was appointed to the newly created post of lecturer in papyrology at the University of Oxford. His position at Christ Church was formalised in 1964 when he was made a research student (i.e. a research fellow, "student" being the name of fellows at the college).: 3  He worked on the Oxyrhynchus Papyri with John Rea between 1965 and 1989.: 3
In 1989, he was appointed Regius Professor of Greek, one of Oxford's most senior professorships, in succession to Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones. Parsons supported the Joint Association of Classical Teachers Greek summer school at Bryanston in Dorset, acting as a tutor on a number of occasions, and he was also Director of the Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project. He stepped down as Regius Professor in 2003 and was succeeded by Christopher Pelling.
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Personal life and death
In 1977, Parsons was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA). In 2007, he was awarded the John D. Criticos Prize by the London Hellenic Society for his book City of the Sharp-Nosed-Fish: Greek Lives in Roman Egypt. In 2019, Parsons was awarded the Kenyon Medal by the British Academy.
A conference was held in Oxford in September 2006 to celebrate his 70th birthday. An associated Festschrift was published in 2011, titled "Culture in pieces: essays on ancient texts in honour of Peter Parsons", and edited by Dirk Obbink and Richard Rutherford.
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- Barns, J. W. B.; Parsons, P. J.; Rea, John; Turner, E. G. (1966). The Oxyrhynchus Papyri. Part XXXI. London: Egypt Exploration Society.
- Lloyd-Jones, Hugh; Parsons, Peter, eds. (1983). Supplementum Hellenisticum. Berolini: De Gruyter. ISBN 978-3110081718.
- Parsons, Peter (2007). City of the sharp-nosed fish: Greek lives in Roman Egypt. London: Weidenfeld & Nicolson. ISBN 978-0297645887.
- Bowman, A. K.; Coles, R. A.; Gonis, N.; Obbink, D. D.; Parsons, P. J., eds. (2007). Oxyrhynchus: a city and its texts. London: Egypt Exploration Society. ISBN 978-0856981777.
- Parsons, Peter John; Maehler, Herwig; Maltomini, Francesca, eds. (2014). The Vienna Epigrams Papyrus (G 40611). Berlin: De Gruyter. ISBN 978-3110354522.
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- "Parsons, Prof. Peter John, (born 24 Sept. 1936), Regius Professor of Greek, University of Oxford, 1989–2003; Student of Christ Church, Oxford, 1964–2003". Who's Who 2022. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
- Rutherford, Richard; Obbink, Dirk (2011). "Introduction". In Obbink, Dirk; Rutherford, Richard (eds.). Culture in pieces: essays on ancient texts in honour of Peter Parsons. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1–19. ISBN 9780199292011.
- "Culture in pieces". Oxyrhynchus Papyri Project. University of Oxford. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- "PARSONS, Professor Peter". British Academy Fellows. British Academy. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2014.
- James Morwood (2013). "The JACT Greek Summer School" (PDF). Retrieved 14 July 2022.
- "The 2007 Prize". London Hellenic Prize. Archived from the original on 28 May 2016. Retrieved 3 March 2016.
- Lloyd-Jones, Hugh (1982). "Colin William Macleod (26. 6. 43-17. 12. 81)". Gnomon. 54 (4): 413–415. ISSN 0017-1417. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
- "Death Notice: Peter John Parsons". Oxford Mail. 24 November 2022. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
- "Kenyon Medal". British Academy. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
- Obbink, Dirk; Rutherford, Richard, eds. (2011). Culture in pieces: essays on ancient texts in honour of Peter Parsons. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199292011.
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