Dr Armand D'Angour
I studied for a Performer’s diploma in piano and cello at the Royal College of Music from 1976-9 before taking up a Postmastership at Merton to read Literae Humaniores. After graduating I pursued a career first as a cellist and then in business, but returned to academia in 1994 to do a doctorate at University College London. I was awarded my PhD in 1998 and became a Fellow at Jesus in 2000.
I have written articles on ancient language, literature and culture, and have a particular interest in Greek music and metre. I enjoy versification in both Greek and Latin and am regularly asked for versions (see Otium Didascali). In 2004 I was commissioned to compose a Pindaric Ode to Athens which was recited at the Athens Olympic Games, and in 2010 to compose an Ode in Horatian Sapphics for the Roman Society’s Centenary. I have recently completed a commission by London’s Mayor Boris Johnson for the London Olympics in 2012. My book The Greeks and the New: Novelty in ancient Greek imagination and experience (CUP 2011) has recently been published.