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UK Fellow, Classical Antiquity, elected in 2014

Professor Stephen Halliwell FBA

Greek literature, especially drama; ancient poetics and aesthetics, especially in Plato, Aristotle and Longinus
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About this Fellow

Stephen Halliwell has been Professor of Greek at St Andrews since 1995 and Wardlaw Professor of Classics since 2014. He received his M.A. and his D.Phil. from Oxford, where his doctoral thesis on Aristophanes was supervised by Sir Kenneth Dover. He has taught at the universities of Birmingham, Cambridge (where he was a Fellow of Corpus Christi College), London, and Oxford (where he was a lecturer at Jesus College), and has held six visiting professorships in Belgium (Louvain), Canada (McMaster), Italy (Rome), and the USA (Chicago, Cornell, Riverside). He has given some two-hundred invited research lectures in eighteen countries, including papers in French, German and Italian; he has worked as an assessor for research councils and institutes in ten countries; and he has served on numerous boards, including those of the Classical Association of Scotland, the Collegium for Advanced Studies (Helsinki), the Council of University Classics Departments, the journal Greece and Rome, the Languages, Literature and History sectional committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies. Two of his books have won international prizes: The Aesthetics of Mimesis was awarded the Premio Europeo de Estetica 2008, and Greek Laughter the Criticos Prize 2008.



Current post

  • Professor of Greek and Wardlaw Professor, University of St Andrews

Past Appointments

  • Professor of Greek and Wardlaw Professor, University of St Andrews, 2012

Top picks

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Aristotle's Poetics

Stephen Halliwell discusses arguably the most influential of all works of literary theory on 'In Our Time' with Lord Melvyn Bragg FBA (Hon) and Professor Angie Hobbs. 27 Jan 2011
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Did comedy kill Socrates?

Stephen Halliwell writes for the Oxford University Press about the theory that a comedic play by Aristophanes helped bring about the death of Socrates. 22 Dec 2015
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Greek Gods and the Archaic Aesthetics of Life

Stephen Halliwell gives a lecture at the Institute for Philosophy and Religion as part of their series 'Beyond Aesthetics: Philosophical and Theological Construals of Art' 22 Dec 2012


Aristotle's Poetics 1986, 2nd edn 1998


The Aesthetics of Mimesis: Ancient Texts and Modern Problems 2002


Greek Laughter: a Study of Cultural Psychology from Homer to Early Christianity 2008


Between Ecstasy and Truth: Interpretations of Greek Poetics from Homer to Longinus 2011


Plato Republic 10 1988


Plato Republic 5 1993


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