Peter Levi

writer, archaeologist, sometime Jesuit priest

Peter Chad Tigar Levi (16 May 19311 February 2000) was Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford. Born Jewish, he became a Jesuit priest but later renounced his vows to marry. He was also an archaeologist, travel writer, biographer, scholar and prolific reviewer and critic.


  • Uccello cello cello
    I love myself.
    • "Monologue spoken by the pet canary of Pope Pius XII"
  • The desert is not an island: the island is not enchanted: and the desert is no habitation for men.
    • "To speak about the soul"
  • What I liked about Greece was [...] the impressive force of the language itself, unconfined by dictionaries, spoken in the streets, in cafés and in the country.
    • (Peter Levi. The Hill of Kronos. 1980.)

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