Department of Ancient History
Associate Professor Trevor Evans
BA (Hons) UNE, PhD Usyd.
Telephone: +61 2 9850 8780
Fax: +61 2 9850 8240
Office: W6A 503
Trevor Evans is Associate Professor of Ancient History, Faculty of Arts and a member of the Ancient Cultures Research Centre. He took his first degree at the University of New England (BA Hons 1992), focusing on ancient languages (in particular ancient Greek, Hebrew, and Latin), and undertook doctoral research at the University of Sydney (PhD 1998), writing a thesis on the verbal system in the Greek Pentateuch under the supervision of Dr John Lee. The early years of his professional career were spent at Macquarie University as Research Officer (1998-2001) and later Macquarie University Research Fellow (2001-4).
Trevor was then appointed Assistant Editor of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources at the University of Oxford (2004-7), and later also Senior Golding Fellow at Brasenose College, Oxford (2005-7). He returned to Macquarie in 2007 to take up a lectureship within the Department of Ancient History as a member of the Concentration of Research Excellence (CORE) in Ancient Cultures. He has been a Senior Lecturer since 2009.
Trevor has broad research interests in the history of the Greek and Latin languages within their changing cultural contexts. A special focus is the Greek of the post-classical period (300BCE-600CE) and in particular the language of individuals, social variation, bilingualism, and ancient literacy. He has published on the language of Greek documentary papyri and inscriptions, the Septuagint, and medieval Latin.
At Macquarie Trevor is Director of Research for the Department of Ancient History, Convener of the Ancient History Research Seminar, and Director of the Ancient Languages Program. He is also Chair of the Macquarie Papyri Research and Development Committee.
The Language of the Papyri jacket image (courtesy of Oxford University Press)
In addition to research activities Trevor has previously taught ancient languages and history at the University of Sydney (1994-9), Macquarie University (1998, 2003), and St Anne's College, Oxford (2006-7). He collaborated with the late Professor Kevin Lee in founding the University of Sydney's Latin Summer School (Co-Director 1995-9) and taught at many Macquarie Greek Summer (and Winter) Schools (1988-94, 1998). He now convenes at Macquarie the Department of Ancient History's advanced units in ancient Greek and (from 2015) its entire program of Latin units.
- 'Words from the Sand: A Lexical Analysis of Early Greek Papyri from Egypt'. This project, undertaken in collaboration with Dr John Lee (Macquarie University) and Dr James Aitken (University of Cambridge, UK), is developing a Greek-English lexicon of the third century BCE Zenon Archive (2010-continuing; ARC DP 2010-14).
- 'The Language of Individuals in the Zenon Archive.' This project is developing a monograph-length treatment of the language of individuals and social variation in the Greek of the Zenon Archive (2001-continuing; ARC DP 2004-6).
- 'A Historical and Linguistic Study of the Acta of the Council of Chalcedon (451 CE)'. This new project, undertaken in collaboration with Dr Genevieve Young (Macquarie University), focuses on the nature of the verbatim recording of the proceedings of the Council of Chalcedon and on the language of individuals and the cultural context (2014-continuing).
Awards and Grants
- 2010-14 Australian Research Council Discovery-Project Grant.
- 2009 Macquarie University Safety Net Grant.
- 2008-9 Macquarie University New Staff Grant.
- 2006 Five grants in support of the conference 'Buried Linguistic Treasure' (Christ Church, Oxford, 30 June-2 July 2006), from:
- The British Academy;
- The Egypt Exploration Society;
- The Craven Committee;
- The Board of the Faculty of Classics (University of Oxford);
- The Jowett Copyright Trustees.
- 2004-6 Australian Research Council Discovery-Project Grant.
- 2004 Macquarie University Research Development Grant: Visiting Scholar Award.
- 2001-4 Macquarie University Research Fellowship.
- 2001 Australian Academy of the Humanities Travelling Fellowship.
- 1992-5 Australian Postgraduate Research Award, University of Sydney.
- 1991 University Medal and Booth Medal, University of New England.
(for a more complete publication list see my Academia.edu page)
- Verbal Syntax in the Greek Pentateuch: Natural Greek Usage and Hebrew Interference (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
- With D. Obbink (eds.), The Language of the Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010).
- Howlett, D.R. (ed.), with the assistance of T.G. Christchev, T.V. Evans, P.O. Piper, and C. White, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, Fasc. IX: P-Pel (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2005).
- -, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, Fasc. X: Pel-Phi (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2006).
- -, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, Fasc. XI: Phi-Pos (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2007).
- -, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, Fasc. XII: Pos-Pro (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2009).
- Howlett, D.R. (ed.), with the assistance of R. Ashdowne, T.G. Christchev, T.V. Evans, K. Korn, P.O. Piper, S. Sneddon, and C. White, Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, Fasc. XIII: Pro-Q (Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2010).
- 'The Nature of LXX Greek: Language and Lexicography', forthcoming in A. Salvesen and T. M. Law (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of the Septuagint (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
- 'Linguistic and Stylistic Variation in the Zenon Archive', in M. Leiwo, H. Halla-aho, and M. Vierros (eds.), Variation and Change in Greek and Latin: Problems and Methods (Helsinki: Finnish Institute at Athens, 2012), 25-40.
- 'Complaints of the Natives in a Greek Dress: the Zenon Archive and the Problem of Egyptian Interference', in A. Mullen and P. James (eds.), Multilingualism in the Graeco-Roman Worlds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012), 106-23.
- 'Latin in Egypt', in C. Riggs (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), 516-25.
- 'Identifying the Language of the Individual in the Zenon Archive', in T.V. Evans and D. Obbink (eds.), The Language of the Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 51-70.
- With D. Obbink, 'Introduction', in T.V. Evans and D. Obbink (eds.), The Language of the Papyri (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2010), 1-12.
- 'The Court Function of the Interpreter in Genesis 42:23 and Early Greek Papyri', in J.K. Aitken, J. Dines, S. Pearce, and T. Rajak (eds.), Jewish Perspectives on Hellenistic Kingship (Berkeley, Los Angeles, and London: University of California Press, 2007), 238-52.
- 'Greek Numbers 6, 22-27 on Vellum and Stone: A Note on the Verbal Forms in the Thessalonica Inscription', in R. Pierri (ed.), Grammatica Intellectio Scripturae: Saggi filologici di Greco biblico in onore di Lino Cignelli OFM (Jerusalem: Franciscan Printing Press, 2006), 109-116.
- 'Periphrastic Tense Forms in the Greek Tobit', in F. García Martínez and M. Vervenne (eds.), with the collaboration of B. Doyle, Interpreting Translation: Studies on the LXX and Ezekiel in Honour of Johan Lust (Leuven: Peeters, 2005), 109-19.
- 'Future Directions for Aspect Studies in Ancient Greek', in B.A. Taylor, J.A.L. Lee, P.R. Burton, and R.E. Whitaker (eds.), Biblical Greek Language and Lexicography: Essays in Honor of Frederick W. Danker (Grand Rapids, Mich. and Cambridge: Eerdmans, 2004), 199-206.
- 'Orality, Greek Literacy, and Early Ptolemaic Papyri', in C.J. Mackie (ed.), Oral Performance and its Context (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2004), 195-208.
- 'A Hebraism of Mixed Motivation', in R. Sollamo and S. Sipilä (eds.), Helsinki Perspectives on the Translation Technique of the Septuagint (Helsinki and Göttingen: Finnish Exegetical Society and Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2001), 211-28.
Looking for obelisk in Paris, October 2006
- 'The Authorship of P.Cair.Zen. 3.59308', Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists, 49 (2012, appearing 2013), 251-7.
- 'The Optative at PMichZen 36. 3: Addendum', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 180 (2012), 278.
- 'The Optative at PMichZen 36. 3', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 179 (2011), 218-20.
- 'The Use of Linguistic Criteria for Dating Septuagint Books', Bulletin of the International Organization of Septuagint and Cognate Studies, 43 (2010), 7-24.
- 'Counting Chickens in PSI VI 569', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 173 (2010), 191-200.
- 'Valedictory erroso in the Zenon Archive Letters of Hierokles', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 153 (2005), 155-8.
- 'Approaches to the Language of the Septuagint', Journal of Jewish Studies, 56 (2005), 25-33.
- 'A Note on boule in P.Col.Zen. I 10', Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 145 (2003), 246-8.
- 'The Last of the Optatives', Classical Philology, 98 (2003), 70-80.
- 'Some Alleged Confusions in Translation from Hebrew to Greek', Biblica, 83 (2002), 238-48.
- 'Another Ghost: The Greek Epistolary Perfect', Glotta, 75 (1999, appearing 2001), 194-221.
- 'The Comparative Optative: A Homeric Reminiscence in the Greek Pentateuch?', Vetus Testamentum, 49 (1999), 487-504.
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