Professor of Classical StudiesAaron Lawrence Professor in Classics
Margaret Graver is the Aaron Lawrence Professor in Classics. Her area of specialization is Hellenistic and Roman philosophy, especially the philosophy of mind and emotion. After completing her doctorate at Brown University, she taught briefly at Princeton University, then joined the faculty at Dartmouth College in 1996, where she offers a variety of courses on Greek and Roman Philosophy, Plato, Aristotle, Latin literature including Lucretius, Cicero, and Seneca, and on the Latin language. In addition to her teaching at Dartmouth, Prof. Graver regularly lectures and gives seminars at institutions throughout the U.S. and Europe, including in spring of 2016 a one-month appointment at the University of Paris-Sorbonne.
Her major publications include Cicero on the Emotions: Tusculan Disputations 3 and 4, which is a translation with philosophical commentary of Cicero’s redaction of Stoic emotion theory; Stoicism and Emotion, treating all aspects of Stoic thought on the mind, affective response, and character development; and most recently a complete annotated translation of Seneca’s Letters on Ethics in collaboration with A.A. Long of the University of California at Berkeley. Numerous article-length pieces have appeared in scholarly journals and collections.
Seneca: Letters on Ethics. Translated and with an Introduction and Commentary by Margaret Graver and A.A. Long. Chicago, 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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
Works in progress
Prof. Graver is currently working on a collection of essays on Seneca’s philosophy, under contract with Cambridge University Press, and on a monograph studying Cicero’s reception of Stoic ethics throughout his career.