Timothy John Guy Whitmarsh, FBA (born 23 January 1970) is a British classicist and the second A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge. He is best known for his work on the Greek literary culture of the Roman Empire, especially the Second Sophistic and the ancient Greek novel.
Whitmarsh was born on 23 January 1970 in Chelmsford, Essex, England. He was educated at Moor Park School, a Catholic prep school near Ludlow, and at Malvern College, then an all-boys independent school. He took his undergraduate degree and doctorate at the University of Cambridge.
From 2001 to 2007 he taught in the department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Exeter where he remains an honorary fellow. He then served as E. P. Warren Praelector, Fellow and Tutor in Greek at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Professor of Ancient Literatures at the University of Oxford.
In October 2014, he succeeded Paul Cartledge as the A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at the University of Cambridge.
Whitmarsh appears in the Classics Confidential series in conversation with various classical scholars:
His publications include Greek Literature and the Roman Empire: The Politics of Imitation, Ancient Greek Literature, The Second Sophistic, and Narrative and Identity in the Ancient Greek Novel: Returning Romance, Beyond the Second Sophistic: Adventures in Greek Postclassicism.