Greg Woolf


Greg Woolf has since July 2021 been Ronald J. Mellor Professor of Ancient History in the University of California, Los Angeles. Before taking up this post he directed the Institute of Classical Studies in the School of Advanced Study of the University of London and was Professor of Classics there (2015–2021). Prior to that position he was Professor of Ancient History at the University of St Andrews (from 1998) following a number of fellowships in various Cambridge and Oxford Colleges.

Woolf has degrees from Oxford and Cambridge, and has held visiting positions in Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United States. He is a British Citizen and divides his time between Scotland and California.

Research focus

  • Cultural change in the Roman World
  • Seasonality and Roman Society
  • Migration and human mobility in antiquity

Publishing topics

  • Roman religion
  • Ancient library cultures
  • Ancient literacy
  • European prehistory
  • Early urbanism
  • Early empires


  • Fellow of the British Academy
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland
  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London


  • Academia Europea
  • The Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies
  • The Classical Association
  • The Society of Classical Studies
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Publications by Greg Woolf

Knowledge, Practice and Space in the Ancient World
Potsdamer altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge, Volume 83