Anthony Long

Professor of the Graduate School and Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Classics and Irving G. Stone Professor Emeritus of Literature; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy and Rhetoric
B.A. 1960 University College London
Ph.D. 1964 University of London
Hon. PhD. 2015 University of Crete
Research Interests: 
Greek and Roman Philosophy and Greek Literature
(510) 642-6028; alternate: (510) 642-4218; fax: (510) 643-2959
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Office / Location: 
7218 Dwinelle Hall
Office Hours: 
Fall 2019: W 3-4PM

Courses taught in 2016-17 (for Department of Philosophy): Plato (upper division lectures on Republic and Theaetetus); Hellenistic Ethics (graduate seminar). In 2017-18 (for Classics): Lucretius, freshman seminar.  In 2018-19 (for Philosophy): Hellenistic Epistemology and Philosophy of Mind (graduate seminar). In 2019 (for Classics) with Sara Magrin: Early Greek philosophical poetry and prose.

Latest book: How to be Free; An Ancient Guide to the Stoic Life (Princeton University Press, 2018). Current projects: transl. with commentary of Plotinus, Ennead II.4, On matter;  essays on ancient notions of rationality and selfhood.

Recent activities: Keeling Lecture in Ancient Philosophy, University College London, 2017; Michael Frede Memorial Lecture, British School at Athens, 2017. Keynote Lectures in 2018: for Life of Breath Conference, University of Durham, and for Stoicon, University of London Senate House. 

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Recent books: Greek Models of Mind and Self (Harvard University Press, 2015), transl. into Italian as La Mente, l'Anima, Il Corpo (Einaudi, 2016), and into Greek as Nous, Psyche, Soma (Crete University Press, 2019; Seneca. Letters on Ethics To Lucilius; transl. with M. Graver (Chicago University Press, 2015).

Recent articles: "What is the Matter with Matter, according to Plotinus?" in Royal Institute of Philosophy suppl. 78 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), 37-54; "Aetius, Stoic Physics, and Zeno" in Aetiana IV, eds. J. Mansfeld and D.T. Runia (Brill, 2018), 433-52; "Epictetus and the Meaning of Life", in The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers, eds. S. Leach and J. Tartaglia (Routledge, 2018), 79-86; "Zeno of Citium, Founder of the Stoic Tradition" in Diogenes Laertius. Lives of the Eminent Philosophers, ed. J. Miller (Oxford University Press, 2018), 603-09.

Forthcoming: "Divinity in Plato's Republic; the Form of the Good", in Keeling Lectures on Ancient Philosophy, ed. F. Leigh (University College London).

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