Our Contributors

Augustin, Michael J., Mr

Michael J. Augustin is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. His research interests lie primarily in Ancient Philosophy and span much of this period, including the early Greek atomists, Plato, the Epicureans, and the Pyrrhonean Sceptics.
Timeline Contributions:
- Epicureanism and the Health of the Soul

Brouwer, René, Dr

René Brouwer teaches on law and philosophy at the University of Utrecht. He works on the theory and history of law and on topics in ancient philosophy, with a special focus on Stoicism, its origins and reception, and the tradition of natural law.

Timeline Contributions:
- Zeno of Citium
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Bryan, Jenny, Dr.

Jenny Bryan read Classics at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. She remained in Cambridge for her graduate and postdoctoral work before moving to UCL as a lecturer in 2010. She works on Ancient Philosophy, with a focus on Presocratic and Platonic epistemology. Her first book, Likeness and Likelihood in the Presocratics and Plato (CUP, 2012) is a study of the philosophical development of the meaning of the Greek word eikos. Jenny has an interest in philosophical methodology and, in particular, in the interaction of form and content within ancient philosophical writing. At present, she is working on articles on several topics, including Xenophon’s Socratic writings and Parmenides’ physics, and collaborating in a project on the Platonic Epistles.
Timeline Contributions:
- Xenophanes
- Socrates
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Cooper, John, Professor

Professor Cooper received his B. Phil. from Oxford in 1963, and his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1967. He joined the faculty of Philosophy in Princeton University in 1981, having taught previously at Harvard and the University of Pittsburgh. He works on Greek philosophy and is the author of Reason and Human Good in Aristotle (1975), Reason and Emotion (1999) and Knowledge, Nature, and the Good (2004), and editor of Seneca: Moral and Political Essays (1995) and Plato: Complete Works (1997), and Pursuits of Wisdom: Six Ways of Life in Ancient Philosophy from Socrates to Plotinus (2012).
Timeline Entries:
- Platonist Philosophy as a Way of Life: Plotinus
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Damiani, Vincenzo, Mr.

Vincenzo Damiani is a research assistant at the University of Würzburg. He studied Classics at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of Tübingen. He is now working on a dissertation consisting in a systematic overview of the history, form, and function of philosophical compendia in Epicurus’ School and their relationship to similar forms of knowledge transmission in Antiquity such as excerpts, maxims and eisagogai. He is also preparing an edition of the unpublished Herculaneum papyrus 102
Timeline Entries:
- Herculaneum Papyri

de Harven, Vanessa, Dr

Vanessa de Harven completed her PhD at the University of California, Berkeley in 2012, and is an assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her dissertation, “The Coherence of Stoic Ontology”, focuses upon Stoic metaphysics, and about how the Stoics countenance immaterial entities within the bounds of their strong physicalist commitments. She also maintains an interest in the Stoic theory of meaning, in particular the Stoic theory of lekta; Socratic intellectualism and associated issues of agency and rationality; epistemology in Plato; Aristotle’s psychology; intentionality, ancient and contemporary.
Timeline Contributions:
- Chrysippus of Soli

Dillion, John, Professor

Professor Dillion studied Classics at Oxford, and subsequently completed a Ph. D., at the University of California, Berkeley, joining the faculty there in 1969. In 1980, he took up the Regius Chair of Greek at Trinity College, Dublin, and remained in that post until his retirement in 2006. He is the founder and Director Emeritus of the Plato Centre.
Dillon’s chief field of interest is Ancient Philosophy, and in particular the philosophy of Plato, and the tradition stemming from him, through the Old Academy, the ‘Middle Platonic’ and ‘Neoplatonic’ periods, to the Arabic, Christian and Renaissance periods, as well as the Jewish Platonism of Philo of Alexandria. With Professor Andrew Smith, Trinity College Dublin, he is currently acting as General Editor of a series of translations of the tractates of Plotinus, with commentaries, for Parmenides Press, of which ten volumes have so far been published.
Timeline Entries:
- The Origins of Platonic Dogmatism (video)
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Gill, Christopher, Professor

Christopher Gill is Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought at the University of Exeter. He has authored numerous books on ancient philosophical thought; including Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue (1996), The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought (2006), Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism” (2010), and a translation and commentary on Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations 1-6.
Timeline Contributions:
- Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations.
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Gloyn, Liz. Dr.

Dr Liz Gloyn was awarded her Ph.D. by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, in 2011 and is a lecturer in Classics at Royal Holloway University, London. Her research focuses on the intersections between Latin literature, ancient philosophy and gender studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript examining the ethics of the family in Seneca’s philosophy. Her most recent article, ‘She’s Only A Bird in a Gilded Cage: Freedwomen at Trimalchio’s Dinner Party’ (Classical Quarterly 62.1: 260-280), argues for a more complex understanding of Fortunata, Trimalchio’s wife, than previous interpretations, guided by the unreliable narrator Encolpius, have allowed.
Timeline Contributions:
- Seneca the Younger

Gordon, Pamela, Professor

Pamela Gordon is Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas. She is the author of The Invention and Gendering of Epicurus (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012); “Epistolary Epicureans,” in Epistolary Narratives, edited by Owen Hodkinson and Patricia Rosenmeyer (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 133-151; “Epicurus and Epicureanism,” in The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, edited by Roger Bagnall et al. (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013), 2437-2441; and the articles on Epicureanism in three forthcoming volumes: The Oxford Handbook to Roman Philosophy, The Oxford Handbook of Science and Medicine in the Ancient World, and The Oxford Handbook to the Second Sophistic.
Timeline Contributions:
- Diogenes of Oenoanda.
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Hooley, Dan, Professor

Dan Hooley is Professor of Classics Emeritus at the University of Missouri. Educated at Minnesota, he has doctorates in both Classics and English. He has taught at Allegheny College, Carleton College, Princeton University and the University of Missouri. He is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and The Knotted Thong: Structures of Mimesis in Persius (1997), The Classics in Paraphrase: Ezra Pound and Modern Translators of Latin Poetry (1988), and Roman Satire (2007).
Timeline Entries:
Persius, Satirist and Stoic
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Johnson, Brian E., Professor

Brian Johnson (PhD, University of Chicago), is an assistant professor of Philosophy at Fordham University, New York. He specializes in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy with a particular interest in Aristotle’s as well as Stoic ethics. He also maintains an interest in Medieval Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, Applied Ethics (Business Ethics), and Literature. His most recent book is The Role Ethics of Epictetus: Stoicism in Ordinary Life.

Timeline Contributions:
- Stoic Ethics.
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Ioppolo, Anna Maria, Professor

Anna Maria Ioppolo is Emeritus Professor of History of Ancient Philosophy at Sapienza University of Rome. She has been a member of the editorial board of the magazine Elenchos since 1980 and the editor since 1999. She is author of monographs on Stoicism and the Academic tradition, of commentaries on Platonic dialogues and has published numerous articles in Italian and foreign Journals. Her publications include Aristone di Chio e lo stoicismo antico, Naples, 1980, Opinione e scienza. Il dibattito tra Stoici e Accademici nel terzo e secondo secolo B.C., Naples, 1986, La testimonianza di Sesto Empirico sull’Accademia scettica, Naples 2009.
Timeline Contributions:
- Aristo of Chios

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Long, Alex, Dr.

Alex Long teaches in the School of Classics in the University of St Andrews. He has worked on Plato and Stoicism and published articles on further areas of ancient philosophy, such as Cicero’s dialogues and Empedocles. He is currently working on approaches to death and immortality in ancient philosophy.
Timeline Contributions:
- Posidonius
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MacGillivray, Erlend

Timeline Contributions:
- The Decentralisation of Ancient Philosophy
- Musonius Rufus

McOsker, Michael, Dr

Michael is a graduate student in Classics at the university of Michigan; his interests are in ancient philosophy, especially Epicureanism, and Greek poetry. To visit his homepage at the University of Michigan please see here.
Timeline Contributions:
- Philodemus

Moore, Kenneth, Dr.

Dr Kenneth Moore is a Senior Lecturer in History of Ideas at the University of Teeside. To visit his faculty page please click here.
Timeline Contributions:
- Persaeus of Citium
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Ramelli, Illaria, Professor

Ilaria Ramelli, M.A., M.A., Ph.D., Postdoc, has been Professor of Roman Near Eastern History, and Assistant in Ancient Philosophy (Catholic University, since 2003); she is also Senior visiting Professor of Greek Thought, of Church History, Senior Fellow (Durham), academic and scientific consultant, research director, and member of directive boards of scholarly journals and series. She has contributed many books, articles and reviews on ancient and late antique Philosophy, Theology, and Patristics in outstanding scholarly series and journals, and received prestigious academic prizes. She has given courses, seminars and invited lectures in many (including topmost) universities for 17 years, and has never interrupted an intense academic research over 21 years.
Timeline Contributions:
- Hierocles the Stoic
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Sellars, John, Dr.

Dr John Sellars is a research fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Kings College London, and a member of Common Room at Wolfson College Oxford. He has authored two books on Stoicism “Stoicism” Acumen 2006, and “The Art of Living: The Stoics on the Nature and Function of Philosophy” Bloomsbury 2009.
Timeline Contributions:
- Stoicism and Emotions
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Stephens, William O., Professor

William Stephens is Professor and Professor of Classical and Near Eastern Studies at Creighton University, California. His interests include ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, Stoicism and popular culture, ethics, animals, and the environment, and is the author numerous books; including of Stoic Ethics: Epictetus and Happiness as Freedom, (Bloomsbury, 2007), and Marcus Aurelius: A Guide for the Perplexed, (Bloomsbury, 2012).
Timeline Contributions:
- Epictetus
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Thom, Johan, Professor

Thom studied ancient languages and philosophy at Stellenbosch University (SU) and wrote an MA thesis on the Greek poet Pindar at the University of Pretoria. He obtained his PhD in New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago in 1990 with a dissertation on the Pythagorean Golden Verses. He is currently Professor of Classics. His areas of specialisation include ancient philosophy, Greek literature and early Christianity, with a special focus on the interaction between the Greco-Roman world and the New Testament. He received Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships in 1995, 2006 and 2010, a Visiting Membership at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton in 2001-2002 and a Senior Fellowship at the Topoi Excellence Cluster of the Humboldt University in Berlin during 2008. He is Executive Editor of the journal Novum Testamentum (Leiden), co-editor of the Society of Biblical Literature series Writings from the Greco-Roman World (Atlanta), and area editor for Greco-Roman Antiquity for the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (Berlin).
Timeline Contributions:
- Cleanthes
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van Sijl, Claartje, Dr.

After obtaining her PhD in Philosophy from Utrecht University with a thesis on Stoic Philosophy and the Exegesis of Myth (http://igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/dissertations/2010-0813-200221/UUindex.html) Claartje van Sijl founded Van Sijl Counseling & Training, a coaching company for academics. For further information please kindly refer to http://www.vansijl.com.
Timeline Contributions:
- Dio Chrysostom
- Cornutus

Vázquez, Daniel, Dr

Dr Vázquez is a research fellow in ancient philosophy at the University of Sao Paulo. Previously, he was at Oxford, first as a Lecturer attached to Oriel College, and later as a postdoctoral researcher. He did his PhD in Philosophy at King’s College London, his MPhil at UNAM and his BA at Universidad Panamericana. Dr Vázquez’s research interests lie principally in ancient philosophy, epistemology, ethics and political philosophy. He is especially interested in Plato, Aristotle, Sextus Empiricus and the Stoics. Some of the topics he has worked on these authors are philosophy of language, argumentation, ethics, scepticism, causality, responsibility, theology, and cosmology.
Timeline Contributions:
- Stoic Cosmology