Students at work in the Classical Studies Library.

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 ›

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).

Victor Caston is the new editor of Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy

15 July 2015

Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy is one of the two leading serials in the field of Ancient Philosophy. Started in 1983, Oxford Studies has been successively edited by Julia Annas, Christopher Taylor, David Sedley, and most recently Brad Inwood. Caston officially started in July 2015, with the editing of volume 50. The Departments of Philosophy and Classical Studies are funding a graduate student research assistant in connection with the editorship.

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