A.S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization; Affiliated Professor of Philosophy; Academic Director, American Institute of Verdi Studies, NYUNY; Senior Affiliated Professor in the Humanities, NYUAD; Global Network Professor; Professor
Classics, Hellenic Studies
Office Address: New York University, Department of Classics, 100 Washington Square East, Room 503, New York, NY 10003 Phone: (212) 998-8599 Fax: (212) 995-4209 Email:
Phillip Mitsis is Alexander S. Onassis Professor of Hellenic Culture and Civilization. He came to NYU from Cornell, where he was Mellon Chair in the Humanities. He has been a visiting professor at Aberdeen, Pittsburgh, and Princeton, and a recipient of fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Howard Foundation, the ACLS, and the NEH. At present, he is a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. His interests are in Greek epic and tragedy as well as in ancient philosophy and its reception in Byzantium and the early modern period.
Wordplay and Powerplay in Latin Poetry (2016)
L'éthique d'Epicure (2015)
Allusion, Authority, and Truth: Critical Perspectives on Greek Poetic and Rhetorical Praxis (2010)
Thomas Chimes: The Entropy Paintings (2007)
Encyclopedia of Classical Philosophy (1997)
Mega Nepios: Il destinatario nell'epos didascalico (1993)
Epicurus' Ethical Theory: The Pleasures of Invulnerability (1988)
“When Death is There, We are Not: Epicurus on Death and Pleasure”, eds. Ben Bradley, Fred Feldman, and Jens Johansson, The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Death (Oxford, 2013) pp. 200-217.
“Stoic Ethics”, ed. Hugh LaFollette, International Encyclopedia of Ethics (Wiley-Blackwell, published online, 2013).
“Epicurus: Freedom, Death, and Hedonism,” ed. Roger Crisp, The Oxford Handbook of the History of Ethics (Oxford, 2013) pp. 73-92.
“Philosophy and Its Classical Past”, ed. M. Santirocco, What’s New about the Old? Reassessing the Ancient World (Daedalus 145.2, Spring 2016) pp. 5-13.
“How Modern is the Will? eds. Jacques Lezra and Liza Blake, Lucretius and Modernity. Epicurean Encounters Across Time and Disciplines (MacMillan Palgrave, 2016) pp. 105-123.
“Locke on Pleasure, Law, and Moral Motivation”, ed. Iakovos Vasiliou, Motive (Oxford, 2016) pp. 153-178.
“A Stoic Critique of Cosmopolitanism”, eds. B. Robbins and P. Horta , Cosmopolitan Ideas (NYU Press, forthcoming)
"Epicurus and his Influence" and “Epicurus on Virtue, Friendship, and the Law”, ed. P. Mitsis, The Oxford Handbook of Epicureanism (OUP, forthcoming)
“Life and Soul in Antiquity” with David Konstan, eds. H. Caygill and D. Webb, The Edinburgh Critical History of Philosophy, (Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming)