Pietro Bortone (BA, MSt, MPhil, DPhil)


Wolfson College
Oxford OX2 6UD
                     University of Oxford  






       Current research areas
  • The concept of identity and the role of language in identity claims
  • The interrelation between the Greek language and Greek ethnic categories
  • Explanations for semantic shifts in the history of the Greek language

Fields of interests
  • Sociolinguistics, Philosophy of Mind, Comparative Philology, Descriptive Linguistics
  • Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, Medieval, and Modern Greek Philology and Linguistics
  • Classics (Latin and Greek), Byzantine Studies, Modern Greek Studies, Turkish Studies

      Some past awards
  • Uppsala University, Collegium for Advanced Study (SCAS): Fellowship
  • Institute for Advanced Study at Berlin (Wissenschaftskolleg): Fellowship
  • Rhodes University: Hugh LeMay Research Fellowship in Classics
  • UIC Institute for the Humanities: Research Fellowship  
  • Harvard University, Dumbarton Oaks: Summer Research Fellowship  
  • Princeton University, Program in Hellenic Studies: Research Fellowship 
  • Princeton University, Wilson College Princeton: College Fellowship
  • University of Athens: Onassis Foundation Scholarship 
  • University of Oxford: Wingate Foundation Scholarship 

  • University of Oxford: D.Phil. in Greek linguistics
  • University College London: Scandinavian Studies
  • University of Oxford: M.Phil. in Comparative Philology 
  • University of Oxford: M.St. in Linguistic Theory
  • King’s College London: B.A. in Classical, Medieval, & Modern Greek

Some other positions held
  • Institute for Advanced Study at Bucharest (NEC): Guest Professorship
  • University of Oxford: Instructor in Ancient Greek for the Faculty of Classics 
  • University of Oxford: Tutor in Greek Linguistics
  • Oxford University Press: Etymologist for the Oxford English Dictionary 
  • Bloomsbury Publishing, London: Etymologist for the Encarta World Dictionary 

Book published

       Selected downloadable articles

Some institutions where lectures have been given upon invitation

  • Harvard University 
  • Princeton University
  • City University of New York
  • Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
  • University of Chicago
  • University of London (SOAS)
  • Rhodes University
  • Bibliotheca Classica Petropolitana
  • Saint Petersburg State University
  • Ohio State University
  • Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Stockholm University
  • University of Athens
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Centre for Advanced Studies at Sofia
  • University of Pretoria
  • Institute for Advanced Study (NEC) at Bucharest 
  • Uppsala University
  • University of Thessaloniki
  • UIC Institute for the Humanities
  • Université de Paris V

        Formal training for university teaching
  • University of Oxford, Faculty of Classics (for the teaching of Ancient Greek and Latin)
  • Princeton University, Center for Teaching and Learning 
  • University of Oxford, Academic Staff Development & Training (for tutorial teaching)
  • University of Oxford, Department of Continuing Education (for lecturing and small-group teaching)