Katz, Dr Jonathan


Jonathan Katz

Emeritus Fellow
Lecturer in Classics, Brasenose College
Quondam Fellow, All Souls College
University Public Orator

Academic background

Studied Classics and Oriental Studies, Oxford University;
JRF and Research Fellow, Wolfson College, and Indian Institute Librarian, Bodleian Library, 1977-87;
Master of the Queen’s Scholars and Head of Classics, Westminster School, London, 1987-2010;
Visiting Fellow of the Humanities Council, Princeton University, 1991;
Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 2004-5; 
Lecturer in Classics, St Anne’s College, 2010-2024. 
Fellow, All Souls College, 2014-present.
Public Orator from 2016.

Research interests

  • Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit language and literature
  • Plato and Greek Philosophy
  • South Asian music and musicology
  • Indian music theory and history
  • Comparative study of musical cognition

Selected Publications

  • ‘South Indian Music’, in Classical Music Systems, ed. Michael Church (Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2015).
  • ‘Rāgas, Mood and Representation’, in The Routledge Companion to Music and Visual Culture, eds. T. Shephard and A. Leonard London (London: Routledge, 2014).
  • (trans.), Hotel Savoy, by Joseph Roth (London: Hesperus Press, 2013).
  • ‘Early Latin Literature’, ‘Roman Drama’, ‘Early Greek Philosophy’, and ‘Philosophical Writing’, in Classical Literature: an Introduction, ed. N. Croally and R. Hyde (London: Routledge, 2010).
  • (trans.), ‘Who is the Traitor’ and ‘Not Too Far’ – two stories in ‘The Madwoman on a Pilgrimage’, by J.W. von Goethe [from Wilhelm Meisters Wanderjahre] (London: Hesperus Press, 2010).