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Department of Classics and Ancient History


Prof. George Boys-Stones, MA (Cantab.), DPhil (Oxon.)

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Areas of Doctoral Supervision

Most areas and periods of ancient philosophy, especially the Hellenistic schools, and post-Hellenistic Platonist and Christian philosophy.


George Boys-Stones is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at Durham. He has published on a wide range of topics in the field, but has a special interest in the philosophy movements of the post-Hellenistic period, with books currently in press on Middle Platonism and the Stoic Cornutus.

Prof. Boys-Stones is Managing Editor of the Ancient-Philosophy journal Phronesis, General Editor for the Routledge monograph-series Issues in Ancient Philosophy, Joint Editor of the Brill series Ancient Philosophy & Religion, and a member of the Advisory Board for Brill's Ancient Philosophical Commentary on the Pauline Writings. Further information (including a complete publication list) is available on his home page and at

Current PhD Students

Richard Beniston, Seneca's Naturales Quaestiones
Sebatiano Molinelli, ΔΙΣΣΟΙ ΛΟΓΟΙ: A New Commented Edition
Graziano Toto, Aristotle on Identity


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  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2012). Harpocration of Argos: Etymology and Metaphysics in the Platonist Revival. The Journal of Hellenic Studies 132: 1-6.
  • Boys-Stones, G.R. (2011). Time, Creation and the Mind of God: The Afterlife of a Platonist Theory in Origen. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 40: 319-337.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2004). Phaedo of Elis and Plato on the Soul. Phronesis 49(1): 1-23.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2000). A Fragment of Carneades the Cynic? Mnemosyne 53: 528-536.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1998). Eros in Government: Zeno and the Virtuous City. Classical Quarterly 48: 168-174.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1998). Plutarch on koinos logos: towards an architecture of de Stoicorum repugnantiis. Oxford Studies in Ancient Philosophy 16: 299-329.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1997). Locating the Cosmos: an Academic Argument Against Chrysippus. Mnemosyne 50: 577-585.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1997). Plutarch on the probable principle of cold: Epistemology and the de primo frigido. Classical Quarterly 47: 227-38.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1996). Plutarch, de Stoicorum repugnantiis 1048DE. Classical Quarterly 46: 591-595.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1996). The epeleustike dunamis in Aristo's psychology of action. Phronesis 41: 75-94.