Carol Margaret Handley (née Taylor; born 17 October 1929) was headmistress of Camden School for Girls (1971–85) and President of the Classical Association (1996-7). Handley is now a classics tutor at Wolfson College, Cambridge. Handley is known for her longstanding advocacy for Classics education in schools and universities, as well as for her work on teaching and examination materials for the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and for the University of Cambridge.[1][2]

Carol Handley
Born (1929-10-17) 17 October 1929 (age 90)
Spouse(s)Eric Handley
Parent(s)Claud Hilary and Margaret Eleanor (Peebles) Taylor
Academic background
Alma materUniversity College, London
Academic work
InstitutionsCamden School for Girls, Classical Association, Wolfson College, Cambridge


After completing her Classics BA at UCL in 1951, Handley began her teaching career at Queen's Gate School, London in 1952. She moved to Camden School for Girls in 1956 as a Classics teacher becoming the Senior Classics mistress. In 1965 Handley became Deputy Head and then Headmistress in 1971.[3] Throughout this time Handley was involved with the Joint Association of Classical Teachers and was instrumental in finding Bryanston School for the location of the JACT summer school.[4] She retired from Camden School for Girls in 1985

From 1991 to 2005, Handley was the Director of the Reading Greek courses at the Institute of Continuing Education, Cambridge.[5] During this time Handley became President of the Classical Association in 1996 and her Presidential Address in 1997 was published as Things That Matter.[6] Handley was only the fifth woman president since the Classical Association was founded in 1903. She is now a Classics tutor at Wolfson College, Cambridge.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Handley married Eric Handley on 31 July 1952. He was the leading scholar in the rediscovery of the playwright Menander, writing an important commentary on the Dyskolos. He was Professor of Greek at UCL and then held the Regius Professor of Greek chair at Trinity College, Cambridge until his death in 2013. He was also a fellow of the British Academy.[8][3]

Select publicationsEdit


  1. ^ Stray, Christopher (1922). The Classical Association : the first century, 1903-2003 in SearchWorks catalog. ISBN 9780198528746. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  2. ^ "Vol. 50, 2003 of Greece & Rome on JSTOR". JSTOR i278867. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b "Professor Eric Handley". The Times. 2013-02-06. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 2018-07-19.
  4. ^ Taylor, John. "James at Bryanston, and beyond" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  5. ^ "Protest over end of 'classics' at Queen's". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  6. ^ a b Handley, Carol (2003). "Things That Matter". Greece & Rome. 50: 209–225. doi:10.1093/gr/50.suppl_1.209. JSTOR 3567846.
  7. ^ "Mrs Carol Handley | Wolfson College Cambridge". Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  8. ^ "Tribute to Eric Handley". Retrieved 2018-07-05.
  9. ^ Kerkeslager, Allen (2002). "Review of: Greek Scripts: An Illustrated Introduction". Bryn Mawr Classical Review. ISSN 1055-7660.
  10. ^ Teachers, Joint Association of Classical (2008-04-10). An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781139469395.
  11. ^ Alain, Martin (1998). "Jeannie Cohen, Carol Handley, James Morwood & James Neville, An Independent Study Guide to Reading Greek". L'Antiquité Classique (in French). 67 (1).
  12. ^ Handley, Carol (1967). The Future of Greek in Schools. Joint Association of Classical Teachers, Oxford (England). Washington, D.C.: Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse.