Robin Lane Fox
Robin Lane Fox at Financial Times 125th Anniversary Party, London, in June 2013
Robin James Lane Fox
5 October 1946 Nationality British Education Eton College Alma mater Magdalen College, Oxford Occupation Educator, author Known for Historian of classical antiquity Robin James Lane Fox (born 5 October 1946) is an English  classicist, ancient historian, and gardening writer known for his works on Alexander the Great. Lane Fox is an Emeritus Fellow of  New College, Oxford and Reader in Ancient History, University of Oxford. Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History at New College from 1977 to 2014, he serves as Garden Master and as Extraordinary Lecturer in Ancient History for both New and Exeter Colleges. He has also taught Greek and Latin literature and early Islamic history. 
His major publications, for which he has won literary prizes including the
James Tait Black Award, the  Duff Cooper Prize, the  Heinemann Award and the  Runciman Award, include studies of  Alexander the Great and Ancient Macedon, Late Antiquity, Christianity and Paganism,  the Bible and history, and the Greek Dark Ages. His most recent book, in 2015, concerns the patristic author Augustine of Hippo. He is the gardening correspondent of the Financial Times.
Lane Fox was educated at
Eton College, an all-boys public school near Windsor, Berkshire. He studied (Classics) at Literae Humaniores Magdalen College, Oxford. Like his fellow ancient historians  Paul Cartledge and Alan Cameron, and philosophers Terence Irwin and John McDowell, he was an undergraduate student of  G. E. M. de Ste. Croix. 
Lane Fox was a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1970 to 1973. From 1974 to 1976, he was a
lecturer at Worcester College, Oxford. From 1976 to 1977, he was a research fellow in classical and Islamic history at Worcester. In 1977, he was elected a fellow of New College, Oxford, in succession to G. E. M. de Ste. Croix.   In 1990, he was appointed  Reader in Ancient History within the Faculty of Classics. In 2012, he retired and was appointed an  Emeritus Fellow of New College.
Important influences on his contributions to the study of ancient history include
Louis Robert,  Peter Brown,  E. R. Dodds,  Timothy Barnes, E. J. Bickerman,   Martin Litchfield West,  Walter Burkert, and his long-standing New College colleague  W. G. (George) Forrest.
He was historical advisor to the film director
Oliver Stone for the epic . His appearance as an extra in cavalry manoeuvres, in addition to his work as a historical consultant, was publicised at the time of the film's release. Alexander  
He wrote and presented
Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes, which was first broadcast on BBC Four at 9:00pm on 15 November 2010.
While primarily focused on ancient Greece, Fox has written three books dealing with the history of Christianity,
Pagans and Christians, The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible, and most recently a biography of Saint Augustine, Augustine: Conversions and Confessions. In the second of these, Fox professes himself an atheist, although in the last he expresses much admiration for St. Augustine.
As gardening correspondent of the
, Lane Fox is an outspoken opponent of Financial Times garden gnomes.
Lane Fox is the father of
Martha Lane Fox and of Henry Lane Fox. Martha is an entrepreneur and crossbench life peer who co-founded Lastminute.com. Henry is CEO of a website, The Browser.
Lane Fox is an atheist.
Alexander the Great (London: Allen Lane, 1973, and New York: E. P. Dutton, 1974) (awarded Duff Cooper Prize and James Tait Black Memorial Prize)
The Search for Alexander (London: Viking, 1981)
Pagans and Christians: In the Mediterranean World from the Second Century AD to the Conversion of Constantine (London: Viking, 1986; Penguin Books Ltd re-issue, 2006)
Better Gardening (London: R. & L., 1982)
Variations on a Garden (London: R. & L., 1986)
The Unauthorised Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible (1991; new edition, Penguin Books, 2006)
The Long March: Xenophon and the Ten Thousand (Yale University Press, 2004)
The Making of "Alexander": The Official Guide to the Epic Alexander Film (London: R. & L., 2004)
The Classical World: An Epic History from Homer to Hadrian (London: Allen Lane, 2005) Page, Russell,
The Education of a Gardener (New York Review of Books reprint, 2007), preface by Robin Lane Fox
Travelling Heroes: Greeks and Their Myths in the Epic Age of Homer (London: Allen Lane, 2008)
Thoughtful Gardening: Great Plants, Great Gardens, Great Gardeners (London: Particular Books, 2010) Augustine: Conversions and Confessions (London: Allen Lane, 2015) awarded Wolfson History Prize)
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Robin Lane Fox profile at Debrett's People of Today
Review of Lane Fox in The Independent
"Classics - Exeter College" . Retrieved 2018.
"Lane Fox profile at the Tait Black website" . Retrieved 2018.
Press, Orphans. "Past Winners of The Duff Cooper Prize - The Duff Cooper Prize". www.theduffcooperprize.org . Retrieved 2018.
"Lane Fox profile". Folio Society. Archived from the original on 25 March 2012 . Retrieved 2012.
Profile of Lane Fox at the Runciman Award winners webpage of the Anglo-Hellenic League Archived 4 November 2013 at the Wayback Machine
Robin Lane Fox, , a detailed review in Italian of Robin Lane Fox's Pagani e cristiani Pagans and christians.
^ Ste Croix,
The Origins of the Peloponnesian War, xii
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Review of Lane Fox's Travelling Heroes in The Independent
"Mr Robin J. Lane Fox". Faculty of Classics. University of Oxford . Retrieved 2016.
"Emeritus, Honorary and Wykeham Fellows". New College. University of Oxford . Retrieved 2016.
Pagans and Christians, p. 10
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Pagans and Christians, p. 8
The Unauthorized Version, p. 9
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Travelling Heroes, xiii
Travelling Heroes, p. xiv
"Into Battle With Alexander", , 4 May 2004. The Times
"Why the lowly shepherd is the one who gets to hear the angels", 20 December 2011, The Daily Telegraph
Profile in The Spectator
, BBC Four, BBC, UK. Greek Myths: Tales of Travelling Heroes
"Gnomes spark row over fairies at Chelsea", The Independent
Henry Lane Fox profile in The Telegraph
^ In the preface to his book
The Unauthorized Version: Truth and Fiction in the Bible (1991) Lane Fox states: "I write as an atheist, but there are Christian and Jewish scholars whose versions [of the history of the Bible] would be far more radical than mine." (Penguin paperback edition 2006, p.7; ISBN 978-0-14-102296-3)