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Professor Gábor Betegh

Professor  Gábor Betegh

Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy

Christ’s College

Office Phone: 01223 767500

Research Interests

Ancient philosophy. History of Religions


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Major publications:

The Derveni Papyrus. Cosmology Theology and Interpretation, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004 (paperback 2007)

The Divine and the Human in the Presocratic Age. (guest editor) Rhizomata 1.2 Berlin: Walter de Gruyter, 2013

Cicero’s De Finibus: Philosophical Approaches (with J. Annas), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015


• ‘The Ingredients of the Soul in Plato’s Timaeus’, in F. Leigh (ed.), Forms, Language, and Education: S.V. Keeling Memorial Lectures in Ancient Philosophy 2011-18, BICS Supplement 141, London, 2020 (forthcoming).

• ‘Plato on Illness in the Phaedo, the Republic, and the Timaeus', in C. Jorgenson, F. Karfik and S. Spinka (ed.), Plato's Timaeus, Brill, Leiden (2020) forthcoming.

 ‘Plato’s Magnesia and Costa’s Brasilia’, in D. Bell & B. Zacka (ed.), Political Theory and Architecture, Bloomsbury, London, 2020, 59-79.

• ‘The Statesman’s Myth: What it achieves and what it fails to do’, in P. Dimas, M. Lane, S. Sauvé-Meyer (ed.), Plato’s Statesman, Oxford University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).

• ‘The Cosmic God’ with P. Gregoric, in P. Gregoric & G. Karamanolis (ed.), Ps.-Aristotle, De Mundo, Cambridge University Press, 2020 (forthcoming).

• ‘The Motive Force of Fire and Heat in Early Greek Philosophy and Medicine’ in H. Bartos and C. G. King (ed.), Heat, Pneuma and Soul in Ancient Philosophy and Science,  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2020, 35-60.

 ‘Column IV of the Derveni Papyrus. A new analysis of the text and the quotation of Heraclitus’ (with Valeria Piano), in C. Vassallo (ed.), Presocratics and Papyrological Tradition Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter 2019, pp. 179-220.

 ‘Aristotle, Physics 1.4. One and Many’, in K. Ierodiakonou, P. Kalligas & V. Karasmanis (ed.), Aristotle Physics Alpha. Symposium Aristotelicum, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2019, 124-156.

• ‘Cosmic and Divine Cognition in the Timaeus’, in  J. Sisko (ed.), Philosophy of Mind in Antiquity, Rutledge, London (2018), 120-140.

• ‘Archelaus on Cosmogony and the Origins of Social Institutions’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 51 (2017).

 • ‘Colocation’, in Thomas Buchheim, David Meißner, Nora Constanze Wachsmann (ed.): ΣΩΜΑ. Körperkonzepte und körperliche Existenz in der antiken Philosophie und Literatur, Felix Meiner, Hamburg 2016.

• ‘Body’, in K. Algra and K. Ierodiakonou (ed.), Sextus Empiricus and Ancient Physics, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

‘Pythagoreans and the Derveni Papyrus’, in F. Sheffield and J. Warren (ed.) Routledge Companion to Ancient Philosophy, London: Routledge, 2014, 79–93.

‘Pythagoreans, Orphism, and Greek Religion’, in C. Huffman (ed.), A History of Pythagoreanism, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014: 149–166.

 • ‘The Perfection of Bodies: Aristotle’s De Caelo I.1’, with F. Pedriali és C. Pfeiffer, Rhizomata 1.1 (2013), 30-62.

‘Socrate et Archélaos dans les Nuées’, in A. Laks és R. Saetta Cottone (ed.), Comédie et Philosophie: Socrate et les « présocratiques » dans les Nuées d’Aristophane, Paris, 2013, 87-106.

‘On the Physical Aspect of Heraclitus’ Psychology (With New Appendices)’, in D. Sider and D. Obbink (ed.), Doctrine and Doxography: Studies on Heraclitus and Pythagoras, De Gruyter, Berlin, 2013, 225-261.

‘Multiple Analogy in Ps.Aristotle, De Mundo 6’ (with P. Grigoricl), Classical Quarterly 64 (2014): 574–591.

‘The Next Principle. Aristotle, Metaphysics A3-4’, in C. Steel (ed.), Aristotle, Metaphysics A, Oxford University Press, 2012, 105-140.

‘The « Great Tablet » from Thurii (OF 492)’, in M. Herrero de Jáuegui et all (éd.), Tracing Orpheus. Studies of Orphic Fragments, Berlin, De Gruyter, 2011, 219-25.

‘Paul Tannery and the Pour l’histoire de la science hellène. De Thalès à Empedocle (1887)’, in O. Primavesi (ed.), Presocratic Studies in Europe from the Later Middle Ages to Hermann Diels, Steiner Verlag, Stuttgart, 2011, 359-88.

  ‘The Transmission of Ancient Wisdom’, in L. Gerson (ed.), The Cambridge History of Philosophy in Late Antiquity, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010, 25-39.

‘What Makes a Myth Eikos?’ in R.D. Mohr, with K. Sanders and B. Sattler (ed.), One Book, the Whole Universe: Plato’s Timaeus Today, Parmenides Publishing, 2010, 213-26.

‘The Limits of the Soul: Heraclitus B45 DK. Its Text and Interpretation’, in E. Hülsz (ed.), Nuevos ensayos sobre Heráclito, Mexico City, 2009, 391-414.

‘Tale, Theology and Teleology in the Phaedo’, in C. Partenie (ed.), Plato’s Myth, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2009, 77-100. 

‘The Derveni Papyrus and Early Stoicism’, Rhizai 4 (2007) 133-52.

‘On the Physical Aspect of Heraclitus’ Psychology’, Phronesis 52 (2007), 3-32.

‘Review article on Albertus Bernabé (ed.), Orphicorum et Orphicis similium testimonia et fragmenta. Poetae Epici Graeci. Pars II. Fasc. 1. Bibliotheca Teubneriana’, Exemplaria Classica 11 (2007) 259-68.

‘Epicurus’ Argument for Atomism’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 30 (2006), 266-84.

‘Greek Philosophy and Religion’, in M.-L. Gill and P. Pellegrin (ed.), A Companion to Ancient Philosophy (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy), Oxford, 2006, 625-39.

‘Eschatology and Cosmology: Models and problems’, in M. M. Sassi (ed.), The Construction of the Philosophical Discourse in the Presocratic Period, Pisa, 2006, 29-50.

‘Plato’s Cosmic Teleology. A Critical Notice on T. K. Johansen, Plato’s Natural Teleology (Cambridge, 2004)’, Rhizai 2 (2005), 255-69.

‘Exegesis in the Derveni Papyrus’, in P. Adamson, H. Baltussen, and M.W.F. Stone (ed.),  Philosophy, Science and Exegesis in Greek, Arabic and Latin Commentaries (Bulletin of the Institute of Classical Studies, Suppl. vol.), London, 2004, 37-50.

‘Cosmological Ethics in the Timaeus and Early Stoicsm’, Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 24 (2003), 273-302.

‘Papyrus on the Pyre: the Derveni papyrus and its archeological context’, Acta Antiqua 42 (2002), 51-66.

‘On Eudemus fr. 150 (Wehrli)’, in I. Bodnár and W. Fortenbaugh (ed.), Eudemus of Rhodes, Rutgers University Studies in Classical Humanities Rutgers University Press, New Brunschwig, 2002, 337-357.

‘Le problème des représentations visuelles dans la cosmologie présocratique: pour une histoire de la modélisation’, in A. Laks and C. Louguet (ed.), Qu’est-ce que la Philosophie Présocratique?/What is Presocratic Philosophy?, Lille, 2002, 381-415.

‘Empédocle, Orphée et le papyrus de Derveni’, in P.-M. Morel and J.-F. Pradeau (ed.) Les anciens savants (Les Cahiers Philosophiques de Strasbourg 12), Strasbourg, 2001, 47-70.

‘The Timaeus of A. N. Whitehead and A. E. Taylor’, in A. Neschke-Hentschke (ed.), Le “Timée” de Platon. Contributions à l'histoire de sa réception./Platos “Timaios”. Beiträge zu seiner Rezeptionsgeschichte (Bibliothèque Philosophique de Louvain 53), Louvain-Paris, 2000, 271-294.

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