Pietro Bortone

Mary Seeger O'Boyle Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2002-2003

  • Degree
    D.Phil, Linguistics, University of Oxford, 2000
    Aspects of the History of Greek Prepositions
    Research Project
    Language and Society on the Turkish Black Sea: the Case of Muslim Pontians

Dr. Pietro Bortone graduated from King's College, University of London, with a First in Classical, Medieval and Modern Greek, and with the Ronald Burrow Studentship award. He then attained three postgraduate degrees at the University of Oxford: a Master's specializing in Linguistic Theory, a further Master's in Comparative Philology, and a Doctorate on semantic developments from ancient to contemporary Greek. At Oxford, after receiving teaching training, he taught for the Faculty of Classics and, occasionally, for the Sub-Faculty of Byzantine and Modern Greek. He also worked freelance as an etymologist for the Oxford English Dictionary and was elected several times to academic committees of his Oxford College. For his post-doctoral research, he spent an academic year in Greece as an Onassis Research Scholar before returning to Oxford as a Wingate Research Scholar. Trained as a classicist, as a neohellenist, and as a linguist, his main area of research, teaching, translating and publication is Ancient, Byzantine and Modern Greek, with a general interest in Classics, in Theoretical Linguistics, and in Modern Greece and Turkey. At present he is working on Turkish Pontic, a language closely related to Greek which is spoken near the Black Sea. He is also writing a book on the history of Greek prepositions and a handbook of Classical Greek syntax.  [Last Updated 2003]


  • Greek Prepositions: From Antiquity to the Present
    Oxford University Press,

Previous Roles

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    2002 - 2003