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

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

(with A.A. Long) Seneca: Letters on Ethics. Introduction, complete English translation, and commentary. In press.

Stoicism and Emotion. 2007; paperback 2009.

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

“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 and the Contemplatio Veri.” In Theoria, Praxis, and the Contemplative Life after Plato and Aristotle, ed. T. Bénatouïl and M. Bonazzi, 73-98. Brill: Leiden & Boston, 2012. 73-98.

“Cicero’s Philosophy of Religion,” in History of the Western Philosophy of Religion, ed. Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. Acumen Publishing, 2009, 119-132.

“The Weeping Wise: Stoic and Epicurean Consolations in Seneca’s 99th Epistle.” In Tears in the Graeco-Roman World, ed. T. Fögen. Berlin & New York: de Gruyter, 2009. 235-52.

 “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.

“Dog-Helen and Homeric Insult.” Classical Antiquity 14 (1995), 41-61.

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Speaking engagements

October 10, 2014: “Pre-Emotions and Reader Emotions in Seneca.” At the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, Switzerland.

 October 18, 2014: “The Shadow of the Kalon: Philosophical Ethics in Cicero’s Letters of 49-46.” At Cornell University. 

Nov. 7, 2014: “Does God have a Choice? Divine and Human Volition in Early Stoicism.” At the Chicago Area Consortium in Ancient Greek and Roman Philosophy's Biennial Conference.

“Le dieu des stoïciens : A-t-il un choix?” At Université de Paris-Sorbonne, Dec. 8, 2014.

“Instruments and Impediments: A Senecan-Aristotelian Debate on the Activation of the Virtues.” At the University of Pittsburgh, Feb. 13, 2015.

“Pleasure: The Problem Child of the Greek Tradition.” New York University, Abu Dhabi. Feb. 25, 2015.