Peter John Rhodes, FBA (10 August 1940 – 27 October 2021), usually cited as P. J. Rhodes, was a British academic and ancient historian. He was Professor of Ancient History at the University of Durham. He specialized in Ancient Greek politics and political institutions.
Rhodes was born on 10 August 1940 to George Thomas Rhodes and Elsie Leonora Rhodes (née Pugh). He was educated at Queen Elizabeth’s School, an all-boys grammar school in Barnet, London. He then studied classics at Wadham College, Oxford, and graduated with a double firstBachelor of Arts (BA) degree and a Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree. His doctoral supervisors were David Malcolm Lewis and G. E. M. de Ste. Croix.
In 1965, Rhodes became a lecturer in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Durham, in England. He was promoted to senior lecturer in 1977, and appointed Professor of Ancient History in 1983. He retired in 2005, becoming Professor Emeritus.
Rhodes held a number of visiting fellowships; Wolfson College, Oxford (1984), University of New England, Australia (1988), Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1993), and All Souls College, Oxford (1998). He served as President of the Classical Association from 2014 to 2015.
His major works include the definitive modern treatment of the Athenian Council (or Boule), the now standard commentary on the constitutional treatise on Athens produced by Aristotle or under his supervision (the Athenaion Politeia), and a general book on Athens’ overseas empire.
Rhodes was an active member of the University College Durham Senior Common Room, and its Chapel, singing in the Choir for over forty years.