In Memoriam: Anthony Bulloch

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Anthony W. Bulloch photo

The Department of Classics is saddened to announce the death on May 26, 2014, of Professor Anthony W. Bulloch at the age of 71.

Born in London in 1942, Anthony was educated at University College School in London and at King’s College, Cambridge, where he received the B.A. (1964), M.A. (1968) and Ph.D. (1971) in Classics. He stayed on in Cambridge until 1976, serving as a Lecturer and as Dean of King’s College. In 1976 he moved to California, as Lecturer for his first year, then as tenure-track Assistant Professor of Classics. Promotion to tenure followed in 1979, and to Full Professor in 1986.

Anthony made his name as a scholar by his contributions to the study of Hellenistic literature, starting with articles published in the 1970s on Callimachus and Apollonius that touched on literary history and technique, metrics, and the contributions of papyrology. His major publications appeared in the next decade: Callimachus: The Fifth Hymn in the distinguished series Cambridge Greek and Latin Commentaries (1985), and the long chapter “Hellenistic Poetry” in The Cambridge History of Classical Literature. I: Greek Literature, edited by P. E. Easterling and B. M. W. Knox (1985). He was a co-organizer of an important international conference on the Hellenistic world held at Berkeley in 1988 and then co-edited the resulting volume, Images and Ideologies: Self-Definition in the Hellenistic World (1993). Along with Erich Gruen, Tony Long, and Andrew Stewart, he edited the long-running University of California Press series Hellenistic Culture and Society, which published a total of 55 volumes in 20 years.

At Berkeley Anthony devoted himself especially to undergraduate teaching, offering high-enrollment lecture courses in The Greek Myths and Greek Religion as well as a large number of freshman seminars. Many Classics majors attributed their decision to pursue the major to the inspiration of Anthony’s myth class. He was far along in work on a major textbook about Classical Mythology at the time of his death. Anthony also served for many years as an Assistant Dean in the Office of Undergraduate Advising of the College of Letters and Science, and in 2005 was cited as one of 200 UC Berkeley “unsung heroes,” staff or instructors cited in a major survey of undergraduate students for going beyond the call of duty to provide students with help in personal and academic matters. His outreach work also extended to the two much-visited classical websites and Anthony was also an active supporter of the Crowden Music Center and the Crowden School in Berkeley, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees and several committees.

Anthony is survived by his wife Linda A. Colman and their two children, Tanya and Alexander.

A campus memorial event is tentatively scheduled for Sunday, September 7, 11 am, at Alumni House.