Margaret Graver

Professor of Classical Studies
Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics

Margaret Graver is Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics at Dartmouth College. Her area of specialization is in Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, especially the philosophy of mind and emotion. She regularly offers courses in ethical thought in antiquity, Plato, Aristotle, Latin literature including Lucretius, Cicero, and Seneca, and on Latin and Greek language.

310A Reed Hall
HB 6086
B.A. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ph.D. Brown University 1996

Selected Publications

Seneca: Letters on Ethics. Translated and with an Introduction and Commentary by Margaret Graver and A.A. Long. Chicago, 2015.

 “The Emotional Intelligence of Epicureans: Doctrinalism and Adaptation in Seneca’s Epistles.” 192-210 in Roman Reflections: Essays on Latin Philosophy, ed. Gareth Williams and Katharina Volk. Oxford University Press, 2015.

Stoicism and Emotion. 2007; paperback 2009.

Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4 (2002).

“Honor and the Honorable: Cato’s Discourse in De Finibus 3.” 119-46 in Cicero's De Finibus: Philosophical Perspectives (= Proceedings of the12th Symposium Hellenisticum), ed. J. Annas and Gabor Betegh. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

“Honeybee Reading and Self-Scripting: Seneca’s Epistle 84.” 269-93 in Seneca Philosophus, ed. J. Wildberger and M. Colish. Walter de Gruyter, 2014.

“Seneca the Younger's Philosophical Works” (annotated bibliography of secondary works). Oxford Bibliographies in the Classics, ed. Dee Clayman. New York: Oxford University Press, April 25, 2016. View online here.

 “Managing Mental Pain: Epicurus vs. Aristippus on the Pre-rehearsal of Future Ills,” in Proceedings of the Boston Area Colloquium in Ancient Philosophy 17 (2002) 155-77, 183-184.

“Philo of Alexandria and the Origins of the Stoic προπάθειαι, Phronesis 44 (1999) 300-325.

+ View 1 more

Speaking engagements

“The Dregs of Romulus.” At Columbia University, April 30, 2016. Conference title: “Philosophy in Cicero’s Letters.”

“Satire and Riddles in Seneca’s Letters.” At University of Leuven, April 16, 2016. Conference title: “Laughter and Comedy in Ancient Philosophy.”

Six lectures at the University of Paris-Sorbonne, March - April 2016: “Introduction à Sénèque” (March 15); “Le loisir et la lecture” (March 24); “Sénèque contre Aristote” (March 31); “Les émotions et les sentiments du lecteur” (April 1);  “Le lecteur-abeille et l’écriture de soi” (April 8); “Épicure, maître de Sénèque ?” (April 11, rescheduled to Paris-3)

“Instruments and Impediments: A Senecan-Aristotelian Debate on the Activation of the Virtues.” At the University of Bern, Switzerland, April 7, 2016; at the University of California, Berkeley, Feb. 5, 2016.

Seminar: “De Beneficiis and Epistulae Morales: an ethics of mutual aid.” At Yale University, January 27, 2016.

“Pre-Emotions and Reader Emotions in Seneca.” At the University of Turin, March 18, 2016.