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Professor Christopher Gill

Emeritus Professor of Ancient Thought


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Telephone: 01392 724270

My research area is ancient philosophy or thought, especially ethics and psychology. My most recent book is Naturalistic Psychology in Galen and Stoicism (Oxford University Press, 2010). Two earlier books were on ancient conceptions of personality or self: The Structured Self in Hellenistic and Roman Thought (2006), and Personality in Greek Epic, Tragedy, and Philosophy: The Self in Dialogue (1996), both also published by Oxford. The latter book was awarded a Runciman Prize in 1997. Another area of interest is Platonic philosophy, especially the dialogue form and dialectic.

My teaching centres on ancient philosophy. I teach courses on Greek and Roman Philosophy and Greek and Roman Ethics.

In 2011-12 I was on research study-leave, preparing a Clarendon Later Ancient Philosophers translation and commentary on Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 1-6 (Oxford University Press). Future projects include a book on Stoic ethics and its significance for modern thought. I am also working with John Wilkins in exploring the implications of ancient medicine and philosophy for contemporary health-care, including psychological health-care.

I have organised a number of conferences at Exeter in recent years: ‘Teleology in the Ancient World’ (July 2009) (with Julius Rocca), ‘Galen and the World of Knowledge’ (July 2005) (with Tim Whitmarsh and John Wilkins); 'Ancient and Modern Approaches to Ethical Objectivity' (July 2002); 'Myth. History and Performance in Republican Rome: a Celebration of the Work of T.P. Wiseman' (March 2000) (with David Braund and Emma Gee). I have co-organised earlier conferences at Exeter on 'Lies and Fiction in the Ancient World', 'The Passions in Roman Thought and Literature', and 'Reciprocity in Ancient Greece'. All these conferences have led to published volumes (the 2009 conference volume is in preparation, edited by Julius Rocca).

I was the inaugural editor of 'Plato', the internet Journal of the International Plato Society in 2000-3, and was co-editor of Phronesis, a journal for Ancient Philosophy published by Brill in 2003-8.

I have given invited lectures or papers at conferences or colloquia in most European countries, Japan, Canada, as well as throughout the UK and USA. I was a European representative on the Executive Committee of the International Plato Society in 1998-2004.

I have served as a peer reviewer for the SSHRC, the Academy of Finland, and the Dutch Research Council of Humanities, and from 2003-08 I was co-editor of Phronesis