Simon Pulleyn fell in love with languages at school and has been studying them ever since. He read Latin and Ancient Greek at Oxford taking Indo-European Comparative Philology and General Linguistics as his special subject. His doctorate was on prayer in ancient Greek religion and made use of much comparative material from other languages and cultures. He taught Classics at Oxford for almost a decade. He has just completed a large book on Homer's Odyssey for Oxford University Press. He is also a Fellow of the Oxford Institute for Animal Ethics and has lectured and published on topics concerning animals in classical antiquity.