Visiting Faculty

Paul Cartledge
Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the Theory and History of Democracy, NYU
Professor of Greek History, Cambridge University 

Born in London, England, and trained as a classicist at St Paul’s School and New College, Oxford, I took my Oxford DPhil in early Spartan archaeology and history under John (now Sir John) Boardman (1975) and held a research fellowship at University College, Oxford (1970-2), before holding tenured positions at the New University of Ulster (1972-3), Trinity College, Dublin (1973-8) and the University of Warwick (1978-9).  I went to Cambridge as a Lecturer in 1979, was promoted Reader in 1993, Professor of Greek History in 1999, and chaired the Faculty of Classics during calendar years 2000 and 2001. I have been a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, since 1981. I am a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  I hold the Gold Cross of the Order of Honour bestowed by the (then) President of the Hellenic Republic, and I am an honorary citizen of Sparti (modern Sparta). I was appointed NYU’s Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the Theory and History of Democracy in 2006.

My work focuses on several areas within the broad sphere of ancient Greek history: Spartan history and tradition/reception (up to ‘300’ the movie so far – the paperback of my Thermopylae: the Battle that Changed the World is published by Vintage in November 2007); the  history of political thought, both ancient and modern, esp. Greek and esp. the history and theory of democracy; and I have a subsidiary special interest in Edward Gibbon and his times (1737-1794). Currently I am finishing a book on political thought in ancient Greece from Homer to Plutarch (for the Cambridge University Press series that I co-edit, ‘Key Themes in Ancient History’). I also co-edit for Duckworth-Overlook a series entitled ‘Classical Inter/Faces’.  

Major publication projects for the coming years include a Very Short History of Ancient Greece (for that Oxford University Press series) and a history of democracy from antiquity to today. I shall continue my outreach work for both radio (BBC) and television (Channel 4) in the UK, besides making regular visits to give talks in schools and universities. Likewise in the States, where I have appeared on PBS and lectured in the past year at Princeton, Yale, Colgate, FSU Tallahassie, and Colby.  


Janet Coleman

Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy, NYU
Professor of Ancient and Medieval Political Thought, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Janet Coleman joins the Department of Classics as a Hellenic Parliament Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Democracy. She earned her M.Phil. and Ph.D. in Medieval Studies from Yale University, was a Fulbright post-doctoral fellow in Paris, and Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute. She has taught at Cambridge and Exeter universities, and currently has the Chair in Ancient and Medieval Political Thought at the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

Professor Coleman’s research interests include the history of philosophy and political theories, especially ancient Greek and Roman political and legal thought, medieval and Renaissance intellectual history, theories of citizenship, property and the state, republics and democracies, memory, and reconstructive histories. She is the co-Founder and co-Executive Editor of History of Political Thought and the author of A History of Political Thought from Ancient Greece to Early Christianity; A History of Political Thought from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (Blackwell, 2000, reprint 2004); and Ancient and Medieval Memories, studies in the reconstruction of the past (Cambridge University Press, 1992). Her articles have been published in numerous leading journals, including the European Journal of Political Theory and Cultural and Social History. She has lectured widely at universities and institutes especially in Europe.

Professor Coleman has been awarded numerous honors, including a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship, researching pre-modern understandings of property, personal ownership and self-understanding. In Fall 2006, she was a Braudel Research Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy, where she studied contemporary Italian scholarship on pre-Justinian Roman law. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and on the Founding Board of the European Society for the History of Political Thought.


Richard Sorabji
Cyprus Global Distinguished Professor in the History and Theory of Justice, NYU
Honorary Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford University and Emeritus Professor, King’s College, London  

I am interested in the entire history of Greek and Roman Philosophy from 500 BCE to 600 CE and in its transmission to later times, including medieval Islamic and modern Western Philosophy. This interest is reflected in an edition of 72 volumes so far of annotated translations of the late Greek philosophers who reinterpreted Aristotle in the period 200 - 600 CE , and so influenced medieval and later philosophy. I have written a 3-volume sourcebook on their philosophical ideas. I have also edited with Bob Sharples a 2-volume book of essays on the immediately preceding 300 years of philosophy, 100 BCE - 200 CE, when Roman Philosophy was added to Greek.  

Another major interest has been writing books about the Greek origins of philosophical subjects that are still of current interest. Three books have been about the physical universe: Necessity, Cause and Blame; Time, Creation and the Continuum; and Matter, Space and Motion. Four have been about the human mind and morals: Aristotle on Memory; Animal Minds and Human Morals; Emotion and Peace of Mind: from Stoic Agitation to Christian Temptation; and Self: Ancient and Modern Insights about Individuality, Life and Death. A fifth, coedited with David Rodin, was The Ethics of War: Shared Problems in Different Traditions, which included ideas from the Greek, Roman and Byzantine worlds, the Christian tradition, Islam, Judaism, India and modern law.    

I am currently working on Stoicism, the influence of pagan thought on Christianity and on a recent interest, the comparison of Graeco-Roman with Indian philosophical ideas.  



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