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Philosophy in the Roman Mediterranean: Towards a History

Thursday December 8, 2022 - Saturday December 10, 2022

The period 100 BCE to 200 CE saw some of the most far-reaching innovations in Western philosophical history, including a striking efflorescence of philosophy in the Mediterranean, especially in the east; old systems were revitalized through discussion and debate with new (including Christianity). But what makes this period exciting also makes it difficult to describe: unlike both the preceding and subsequent periods, there are no central institutions or school-heads to provide authoritative reference-points for how (or even with whom) members of a given school might normally be expected to argue. The consequence is that this whole period is very poorly represented in our histories. This workshop, the first in a projected series, begins with a focus on methodology. It brings together a team of scholars to explore ways of mapping post-Hellenistic philosophy in all the complexity that makes it both interesting and important, and establishing the terms in which its story can be told.

Organizer: George Boys-Stones


  • Andreas Bendlin (Toronto)
  • René Brouwer (Utrecht)
  • Leo Catana (Copenhagen)
  • Madelina Dana (Lyon)
  • Kendra Eshleman (Boston College)
  • Bjorn Ewald (Toronto)
  • Nathan Gilbert (Durham)
  • Matthias Haake (Münster)
  • Myrto Hatzimichali (Cambridge)
  • Reviel Netz (Stanford)

For program details, please see the workshop webpage.



Thursday December 8, 2022
Saturday December 10, 2022
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