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Dr Frisbee Sheffield

Affiliated Lecturer

Bye-Fellow of Girton

Key Publications

Monographs and Edited Volumes  

Plato’s Phaedrus (in progress for CUP) 

(Co-editor) The Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy (2013) 

Plato’s Symposium, introduction and critical notes for an edition in the Cambridge Texts in the History of Philosophy Series (2008) 

Plato’s Symposium: The Ethics of Desire, Oxford University Press (2006) 

(Co-editor) Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, Harvard University Press (2006)



‘Eros and the Pursuit of Form in Plato’s Symposium’, in Plato’s Symposium: A Critical Guide (forthcoming) 

‘Platonic Piety: Beyond the Euthyphro’, in Ancient Philosophy and Religion (forthcoming) 

‘Love and Friendship in Plato’, in The Cambridge Companion to Ancient Ethics (forthcoming) 

‘Plato on Virtue and the Good life’ in The Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy (2013) 

‘The Symposium and Platonic Ethics: Plato, Vlastos, and a misguided debate’, Phronesis 2012 

Eros before and after tri-partition’, in (ed.) Brittain, Barney and Brennan, Plato and the Divided Soul (Cambridge University Press) 2012 

Symposium 201d1-204c6’, in (ed.) C. Horn, Plato’s Symposium (2012) 

‘Beyond eros: Plato on Friendship in the Phaedrus’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 2011 

‘Aristotle and eros’, in (ed.) MM. McCabe, Harte, Sharples and Sheppard, Aristotle Reading Plato, Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, 2010 

‘The Role of the Earlier Speeches in Plato’s Symposium: Plato’s Endoxic Method?’, in (ed.) Sheffield, Nails and Lesher, Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, Harvard University Press (2006) 

‘Alcibiades’ Speech: A Satyric Drama’ Greece and Rome, 48 no.2, 2001 

‘Psychic Pregnancy and Platonic Epistemology’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 20, 2001 


Work In Progress (articles) 

‘Recollection in the Republic?’ 

‘Hannah Arendt on Plato’s forgetfulness of the Political’ 



‘Plato’s Erotic Dialogues’, in the series The History of Philosophy without the Gaps, King’s College London (May 2011) 

Contributor to Radio 4 ‘In our Time’ program on Plato’s Symposium



Upcoming events

Strike a Pose

Oct 27, 2016

Museum of Classical Archaeology

Plato, Charmides

Oct 27, 2016


The B Club

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.11

Ancient History Seminar

Oct 31, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room G.21

Archaeology Seminar

Nov 01, 2016

Faculty of Classics, Room 1.04

Upcoming events

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Vacancy - Research Associate, ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ Project (CREWS)

Oct 20, 2016

Applications are sought for a Research Associate who will be a member of the ‘Contexts of and Relations between Early Writing Systems’ (CREWS) project, led by the Principal Investigator Dr Philippa Steele.

How to write a Greek Dictionary

Oct 06, 2016

Watch the film about the Faculty's Greek Lexicon Project, working towards a a new dictionary of Ancient Greek.

New Discovery

Sep 20, 2016

Professor Jack Davis and Dr Sharon Stocker (Department of Classics, University of Cincinnati), ‘Sometimes All That Glitters Is Gold: The Tomb of the Griffin Warrior at Pylos’, 5 pm on Monday 10 October in Room LG.17, Faculty of Law, Sidgwick Site. To reserve your place please reply to by Monday 3 October.

Temporary University Lectureships in Classics (Ancient History)

Aug 31, 2016

Applications are welcome for two temporary lectureships in Classics (Ancient History) from 01 January 2017. Please see the Jobs & Vacancies page for further information.

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