Dr Timothy Barnes



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I received my Ph.D. in Classical Philology from Harvard University and was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows before moving to teaching posts at Princeton University and, most recently, the University of Hawai'i. I am an Indo-European linguist with broad interests across the entire language family (and indeed also outside it), but specializing in the Indo-European languages of the ancient Mediterranean and those of ancient India and Iran. I am especially interested in the study of poetic language in early Indo-European languages, and I am at work on a monograph on that topic.


Published scholarly articles include:

‘Alcman’s Muses: Alcman PMGF 28, the φι-case, and the syntax of divine invocation in Greek and Indo-European’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 136

(2016) 18-38.

‘Old Irish cuire, its congeners, and the ending of the 2nd sg. middle imperative’, Ériu 65 (2015  [2016]) 49-56.

‘δρακείς, δέδορκε and the visualization of κλέος in Pindar’, Harvard Studies in Classical Philology 107 (2013 [2014]) 73–98.

‘The etymology and derivation of Tocharian B saswe ‘lord’ and ñakte (: Añkät) ‘god’’, Tocharian and Indo-European Studies 14 (2013) 31–54.

‘Homeric ἀνδροτῆτα καὶ ἥβην’, Journal of Hellenic Studies 131 (2011) 1–13.


Dr Tim Barnes