Tim Parkin

Tim Parkin is currently (2006-2017) Professor of Ancient History at the University of Manchester (United Kingdom).


Previously (2004-6), he was Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Queensland (Brisbane, Australia), and before that (1998-2004) he was Professor of Classics at the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand). Before moving to Christchurch, he had served on the academic staff of Victoria University of Wellington (VUW), from 1989 to 1998.

Tim studied as an undergraduate at VUW, and then went on (or, as the English say, up) as a Rhodes Scholar to the University of Oxford, where he completed his D.Phil. in 1992; he also studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa.

In 1997 he was an Alexander von Humboldt fellow in the Institut fuer Altertumskunde of the University of Koeln (Cologne, Germany), and in 2002 he was on leave as a member of the Senior Common Room of St. John's College, Oxford (England).

Tim's teaching is primarily within the area of ancient history, as well as Latin and ancient Greek language courses.
In 2002 he was voted University lecturer of the year by the Canterbury Students' Association.

Tim has published on various aspects of ancient social history, including Demography and Roman Society (Johns Hopkins UP, 1992).
His book Old Age in the Roman World, also published by Johns Hopkins, appeared in hardback in 2003, and in paperback in 2004.
Roman Social History: A Sourcebook (with Arthur Pomeroy of Victoria University of Wellington) was published by Routledge (2007). A new edition is planned!
Tim's most recent book is The Oxford Handbook of Childhood and Education in the Classical World (OUP 2013), co-editted with Judith Evans Grubbs (Emory University, Atlanta, USA) and completed with the assistance of Roslynne Bell (University of Manchester).

Tim is currently working on a number of projects relating to ancient slavery, the history of breastfeeding, legal aspects of fertility in antiquity, and sexual health in antiquity, especially STIs (aka venereal diseases). He is also currently co-editing (with Prof. David Troyansky of the City University of New York) a series of six volumes on the world history of ageing, from antiquity to the 21st century. How cool is that?

Tim was administrative Head of Department at Canterbury Classics from 1998 to 2001, and served on Canterbury's Academic Staffing Committee, as well as being a member of Academic Board. In 2002-3 he was deputy director of the University of Canterbury's Organisational Structure Project, and within that project was chair of the Teaching and Learning working group, as well as being a member of the People working group. In 2003 he also served on the University's "senior management team", as one of the academic staff representatives. In 2005/6 he was head of discipline at UQ. Tim was Manchester ClAH's head of department ('subject leader') 2010-12.
After 11 years (the first ten of which were great!), Tim will be leaving the University of Manchester in 2017 and is very happy to be moving in 2018 to the Department of Classics and Archaeology at the University of Melbourne, where he is privileged to have been appointed the inaugural Elizabeth and James Tatoulis Chair of Classics.

A final note (in case it needs saying): although living overseas, Tim remains an active supporter of the All Blacks.



A few VERY old webpages which some people have found useful (and even occasionally still do, which is why they are still here):

Researching ancient wonders (designed originally for the NZACT conference in Wellington, 2001).

Selected Older Individuals from Graeco-Roman Antiquity.

An index locorum for Tim Parkin's Old Age in the Roman World: A Cultural and Social History (Johns Hopkins UP, 2003; paperback 2004).

A bibliography for Roman social history.






Current contact details:

Email: tim.parkin@unimelb.edu.au
Twitter: timboartemis