Professor Tim G. Parkin Joins SHAPS as Tatoulis Chair in Classics

The Classics program within the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Tim G. Parkin as the new Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair of Classics. He will begin his position in January 2018.

Tim Parkin is a graduate of Victoria University of Wellington and the University of Oxford. After teaching at VUW, he became Professor of Classics at the University of Canterbury (1998-2004), Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (2004-2006), and Professor of Ancient History at Manchester (2006-2017). An outstanding teacher, with teaching awards at Canterbury and Manchester, he is a specialist in the social history of ancient Rome.

Tim Parkin is the author of Demography and Roman Society (Johns Hopkins, 1992) and Old Age in the Roman World: a social and cultural history (Johns Hopkins, 2003). He is co-editor of Roman Social History: a sourcebook (Routledge, 2007) and The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Roman World (OUP, 2013), and is co-author of the forthcoming The Family in the Roman World (Edinburgh Uni Press, 2018).

His current research projects are on ancient slavery, on Roman breastfeeding, and on sexual health in antiquity. He is also in the process of developing an international network based around the theme of the female Roman Life course (FRoLiC) – the life course extending from conception to the grave.

The new chair in Classics has been made possible through the generous efforts and donations of Elizabeth and James Tatoulis, Michael Bartlett, and the many supporters of the Classics chair, including the late Professor Tony Sagona and current members of the Classics and Archaeology discipline at the University of Melbourne.