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The Program in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Michigan combines the strength of two of Michigan’s leading departments, Philosophy and Classical Studies, both of which have been consistently ranked in the top ten programs in their respective fields for decades.

Students in the program will pursue a PhD in either Philosophy or Classical Studies and an MA in the companion field. All of this can be achieved within the standard six years for each program. Learn more ›

Sara Ahbel-Rappe wins ACLS fellowship and Michigan Humanities Award

15 February 2017

Sara Ahbel-Rappe has just won a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies and a Michigan Humanities Award for 2017/18 for her project entitled The Charioteer’s Circuit: Plato's Self-Moving Myth in Late Antique Text Networks and Beyond. In this project, Sara uses idea of a “text network” to study the reception of Plato’s myth of the soul from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance.

Richard Janko elected a fellow of the Athenian Academy

10 February 2017

Richard Janko (Ρίτσαρντ Τζάνκο) has just been elected a foreign fellow (ξένος εταίρος) of the Athenian Academy in Classical Philology, in recognition of his many achievements in the field. (Michael McOsker, Michigan '15 and affiliate of the Program in Ancient Philosophy, also gets mention in the final paragraph.)

New Reading Group formed on Plato’s critique of oligarchy, democracy and tyranny in Republic Books VIII–IX

starting 12 January2017, bi-weekly

In light of recent events, many of us felt the need to return to Plato, to study and discuss his famous, but neglected critiques of other political regimes, above all democracy and tyranny, but also oligarchy and rule based on honor (military service, noble lineage). To be as inclusive as possible, discussion will based on the English translation (with Greek brought in as needed). If you are interested, pleace contact Victor Caston (vcaston@umich.edu).

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, 17 January 2017, 12:30 pm
    Sara Ahbel-Rappe, University of Michigan

    “Plato's Self-Moving Myth: the Circulation of Plato's charioteer from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance”

    Institute for the Humanities, 202 S. Thayer St.

  • Monthly Reading Group Meeting
  • Thursday & Friday, 06–07 April 2017
    David Charles, Yale University

    Thursday, 06 April TBA

    Friday, 07 April TBA