Eric Handley

Eric Walter Handley, CBE (12 November 1926 – 17 January 2013) was a British classical scholar, noted for his work on the Greek new comic poet Menander. He was Director of the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London from 1967 to 1984, Professor of Greek at University College London from 1968 to 1984, and Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Cambridge from 1984 to 1994.[1][2]

Eric Handley
Born(1926-11-12)12 November 1926
Died17 January 2013(2013-01-17) (aged 86)
Spouse(s)Carol Handley
Academic background
Alma materTrinity College, Cambridge
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
University College London

Early lifeEdit

Handley was born on 12 November 1926.[1] He grew up in Birmingham.[3] He was educated at King Edward's School, Birmingham, having won a scholarship to the independent boys school, and then at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he matriculated at the age of sixteen.[1][3]

Personal lifeEdit

Handley married Carol Taylor on 31 July 1952. She was headmistress of Camden School for Girls (1971–85) and President of the Classical Association (1996–7).


In the 1983 New Year Honours, Handley was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in recognition of his work as Professor of Greek at University College, London.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "Professor Eric Handley". The Times. 6 February 2013. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Tribute to Eric Handley". Events. University College London. 27 June 2013. Archived from the original on 27 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
  3. ^ a b Handley, E. W. (19 November 2006). "Lampada Tradam". Archived from the original (pdf) on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
  4. ^ "No. 49212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 30 December 1982. pp. 7–8.
Academic offices
Preceded by
T. B. L. Webster
Professor of Greek, University College, London
1968 - 1984
Succeeded by
P. E. Easterling
Preceded by
Geoffrey Kirk
Regius Professor of Greek, University of Cambridge
1984 to 1994
Succeeded by
P. E. Easterling