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Faculty of Classics

 

Research

Currently: 1st century BC philosophy; Plato's Phaedo

Publications

Key publications: 

Creationism and its Critics in Antiquity, 2007 (Berkeley)
The Midwife of Platonism: Text and Subtext in Plato’s Theaetetus,
2004 (Oxford)
Plato’s Cratylus, 2003 (Cambridge)
(ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Greek and Roman Philosophy, 2003 (Cambridge)
Lucretius and the Transformation of Greek Wisdom, 1998 (Cambridge)
(with A.A. Long) The Hellenistic Philosophers, 1987 (Cambridge), 2 vols.
(with G. Bastianini) edition of Anonymous Commentary on Plato’s Theaetetus, in Corpus dei papiri filosofici greci e latini, vol. III, 1995 (Florence), 227-562
‘Epicurus, On nature, Book XXVIII’, 1973, Cronache Ercolanesi 3, 5-83

Teaching and Supervisions

Research supervision: 

Recent areas supervised include: Plato, Scepticism, Stoicism, atomism, Lucretius, Presocratic epistemology, Peripatetic ethics

Emeritus Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy
Fellow of Christ's College
Professor David  Sedley

Contact Details

Christ's College
Cambridge
CB2 3BU
01223 334910
Not available for consultancy

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John Donaldson

27 September 2022

The Museum of Classical Archaeology is very sad to report the death on 21 September 2022 of its former Assistant Curator, John Donaldson. John worked in the Museum from 1988 until his retirement in in March 2013. Indeed, the Museum looks the way it does in large part because of John, who was as happy painting bases as he...

Joyce Reynolds FBA (1918–2022)

12 September 2022

The Faculty of Classics is deeply saddened by the news of the death of Joyce Reynolds FBA. She was Reader Emerita in Roman Historical Epigraphy, Fellow of the British Academy, and Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, where she was Director of Studies in Classics from 1951 to 1979. She was awarded the Gold Medal of the...

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Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS) awarded ERC grant

16 March 2022

Philippa Steele, Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, has been awarded a grant of 2 million euros by the European Research Council (ERC) to investigate the visual properties of pre-modern writing. The five-year project, Visual Interactions in Early Writing Systems (VIEWS), will...