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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 so-called 'Middle' Platonism and its polemical interactions with Stoicism and early Christian philosophy: current projects include a critical sourcebook for this material, to be published by Cambridge University Press.

Prof. Boys-Stones is Managing Editor of the ancient philosophy journal Phronesis, General Editor for the Routledge monograph-series Issues in Ancient Philosophy, 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


Books: authored

Books: edited

Edited works: contributions

Essays in edited volumes

  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2016). Providence and religion in Middle Platonism. In Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion. Eidenow, E., Kindt, J. & Osborne, R. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 317-338.
  • Boys-Stones, George (2014). Unity and the good: Platonists against oikeiosis. In Unité et Origine des Vertus dans la Philosophie Ancienne. Collette-Dučić, B. & Delcomminette, S. Ousia. 297-320.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2013). Seneca Against Plato: Letters 58 and 65. In Plato and the Stoics. Long, A. G. Cambridge University Press. 128-146.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2013). The Consolatio ad Apollonium: Therapy for the Dead. In Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and its Afterlife. Baltussen, H. Classical Press of Wales. 123-37.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2012). Antiochus' Metaphysics. In The Philosophy of Antiochus. Sedley, D.N. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 220-236.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2009). Ancient Philosophy of Religion: An Introduction. In History of Western Philosophy of Religion. Vol. 1: The Philosophy of Religion in Classical Antiquity. Oppy, G. & Trakakis, N. Durham: Acumen. 1-22.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2009). Polyclitus among the Philosophers: Canons of Classical Beauty. In Flesh and Blood: The Body and the Arts. Saunders, Corinne, Maude, Ulrika & Macnaughton, Jane Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 11-24.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2007). 'Middle' Platonists on Fate and Human Autonomy. In Greek and Roman philosophy, 100BC to 200AD. Sharples, R. W. & Sorabji, R. London:
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2007). Fallere Sollers. The Ethical Pedagogy of the Stoic Cornutus. In Greek and Roman philosophy, 100BC to 200AD. Sharples, R. W. & Sorabji, R. K. London:
  • Boys-Stones, G.R. (2007). Human Autonomy and Divine Revelation in Origen. In Severan Culture. Swain, Simon, Harrison, Stephen & Elsner, Jas Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 489-499.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2005). Alcinous, Didaskalikos 4: In Defence of Dogmatism. In L'eredità platonica. Studi sul platonismo da Arcesilao a Proclo. Bonazzi, M. & Celluprica, V. Naples: Bibliopolis. 203-234.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (2003). The Stoics’ Two Types of Allegory. In Metaphor, Allegory, and the Classical Tradition: Ancient Thought and Modern Revisions. Boys-Stones, G. R. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 189-216.
  • Boys-Stones, G. R. (1997). Thyrsus-bearer of the Academy or enthusiast for Plato? Plutarch's de Stoicorum repugnantiis. In Plutarch and his Intellectual World. Mossman, J. Duckworth. 41-58.

Journal papers: academic

  • 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.