Pietro Bortone
BA, MSt, MPhil, DPhil


Tutor & Faculty Researcher, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages
(email / webpage)
Research Fellow, Wolfson College (email / webpage)               

Associate Faculty Member
, Faculty of Linguistics & Philology (emailwebpage)







Fields of expertise
  • Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies (language, literature, and culture) 
  • Classics (Ancient Greek and Latin languages, literatures, and cultures); Ancient Philosophy
  • Theoretical Linguistics; Historical Linguistics; Sociolinguistics; Philosophy of Language

Current research areas
  • Greek ethnic categories and the Greek language
  • Explanations for semantic shifts in the Greek lexicon
  • The concept of identity and its implications

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

  • University of Oxford: D.Phil. in Greek Philology
  • 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

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

Lexicographical work
  • Oxford University Press: Etymologist for the Oxford English Dictionary 
  • Bloomsbury Publishing, London: Etymologist for the Encarta World Dictionary 

Some institutions where lectures have been given upon invitation

Mirror site: pietrobortone.com