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

 “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.

(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).

“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 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.

 “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.

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Speaking engagements

June 20, 2015. “Dialogisme de la lecture thérapeutique: Sénèque contre Platon.” At University of Paris at Créteil.

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

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

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

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

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.

October 10, 2014: “Pre-Emotions and Reader Emotions in Seneca.” At the Fondation Hardt in Geneva, Switzerland. Also at Texas A&M University, April 17, 2015, and at Union College, Nov. 5, 2015.