Professor Charlotte Roueché
Professor Emeritus of Digital Hellenic Studies
Dates at King’s
1985 – 2016
Challenges and achievements
When and what was responsible for you becoming interested in your academic discipline?
What are your research interests, and what drew you to this area?
Study of the Greek Roman and post Roman world, especially history and language; study of Greek inscriptions. Various members of my family had similar interests.
Tell us about a couple of your achievements that have been particularly rewarding.
My digital publications: the first full corpora of Greek and Latin texts on stone to be published online; similarly, the online publication of an 11th century Greek text, with translations in five languages. What I like about this is reaching new audiences, and scholars in countries where scholarly books are unaffordable.
Do you have professional role models? Who are they and what do you find inspiring about them and their accomplishments?
My 95 year old tutor at Cambridge, Joyce Reynolds; the first woman Regius Professor of Greek, Part Easterling. Both are entirely uncompromising about academic standards, and also excellent and generous teachers.
What if any support has most benefited you in your career?
It's changed over time. I used to find tutoring, and first year teaching, very satisfying; more recently I have enjoyed working with very bright young digital humanists, and learning their trade.
How do you balance an academic career with life outside the workplace?
How does anyone? Different things are important at different stages in life: senior scholars should take on administration, to protect the more junior, but I am very happy to now be free for research again. I enjoy administration, but universities are an irritating place to try to develop high standards of administration.
What do you feel is the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of your job at King's?
I thought it might get easier – but grandchildren are also demanding.
What have you learnt from your experiences that you would like to share with others?
We are very lucky if we are able to earn our money doing work that we enjoy. Grumbling is an academic convention, but it should be used sparingly.