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Durham University

Department of Classics and Ancient History


Dr Anthony Hooper

COFUND Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Classics and Ancient History

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Biography and Research

I am currently a COFUND Junior Research Fellow in the Department of Classics & Ancient History at Durham University. I completed my PhD in 2015 in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney under the supervision of Prof. Rick Benitez.

I am currently involved in three research projects at Durham University.

The first of these is a monography which constitutes the first detailed examination of Plato's presentation of immortality in the SymposiumThis presentation is quite different from the familiar metaphysical models of immortality in other dialogues, which concern either the 'essential immortality' of the soul, or the 'achieved immortality' that comes from identifying oneself with, and nurturing the rational part of one's soul. The immortality of the Symposium, by contrast, is one that is gained through leaving behind tokens or memorials (particularly in the form of poetic or, ideally, philosophical logoi) that secure the 'memory of one's virtue'. These logoi in turn inspire others towards virtuous action. This is, then, not a 'personal' or a 'subjective' immortality, but one which occurs through reproducing one's virtuous ethos through the generations. That is to say, one 'lives on' in others through making them relevantly similar to oneself. 

The second research project with which I am involved is entitled 'Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece' with Dr. George Gazis (Durham - Classics), an interdisciplinary project in which we explore the influences, intersections, and developments of understandings of the Underworld between authors of various intellectual traditions, including poets, philosophers, theologians, and historiographers. Following our hosting of an international conference in July 2016, we are currently under contract with Liverpool University Press to produce an edited volume on this topic.

I am also an organiser of the Department of Classics and Ancient History's 2018-19 Departmental Research Project, entitled 'Plato on Comedy'. My co-organisers are Dr. Sarah Miles (Durham - Classics), Assoc. Prof. Andrea Capra (Durham - Classics), Dr. George Gazis (Durham - Classics), as well as Ms. Eliza Petrow and Ms. Poppy Steel-Swayne. This project aims to offer the first systematic investigation of Plato's treatment of comedy and the comic in the dialogues, and will take a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to this issue, drawing on the expertise both of philosophers and classicists working on topics including Plato's poetics, the wider philosophical reception of comedy in the philosophical tradition, and comedy itself. In doing so we hope to illuminate the full richness and complexity of Plato's treatment of comedy, and situate Plato's treatment of comedy within a broader history of development of the comic tradition. We aim to hold a number of events over the 2018-19 academic year, including lecture series, reading groups, a workshop in March 2019, with the major outcomes being an international conference in July 2019, from which we hope to produce an edited volume. If you are interested in being involved in this project, please email me or one of the co-organisers.

In addition to this, my research interests include the history of immortality more broadly, the Presocratics (and particularly Heraclitus), Homer, aesthetics, 18th and 19th Century German philosophy (particularly Hegel and Nietzsche), and ethics (ancient and modern).

For my full CV, and further information about me research interests and personal interests please see my personal webpage:

Research Interests

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Plato
  • Presocratic Philosophy (particularly Heraclitus)
  • Greek Comedy
  • Homer
  • Ethics (Ancient and Modern)
  • Aesthetics
  • 18th and 19th Century German Philosophy (particularly Hegel and Nietzsche)


Edited book

  • Hooper, Anthony & Gazis, George (Forthcoming). Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece. Liverpool University Press.

Chapter in book

  • Hooper, Anthony & Gazis, George (Forthcoming). Introduction. In Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece. Liverpool University Press.
  • Hooper, Anthony (Forthcoming). The Underworld Divided: Plato's Use of Traditional Hades Imagery in the Phaedo. In Aspects of Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Greece. Liverpool University Press.
  • Hooper, Anthony (2016). Extensions for the House of Hades. In Reflections on Plato's Poetics: Essays from Beijing. Academic Printing & Publishing. 55-63.
  • Hooper, Anthony (2012). The Dual-Role Philosophers: An Exploration of a Failed Relationship. In Alcibiades and the Socratic Lover-Educator. Johnson, Marguerite & Tarrant, Harold Bristol Classical Press. 107-118.

Journal Article

Book review

  • Hooper, Anthony (Forthcoming). Review: Plato's Symposium: A Critical Guide.
  • Hooper, Anthony (Forthcoming). Review: Strategies of Polemics in Greek and Roman Philosophy.
  • Hooper, Anthony (2012). Review: Plato's Symposium. Prudentia
  • Hooper, Anthony (2011). Review: Socrates. International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19(1): 119-24.
  • Hooper, Anthony (2009). Review: An Idealist Justification of Punishment. Australasian Journal of Legal Philosophy 34: 262-265.